The son of the late Stephen R. Covey will present a lecture Wednesday at Utah State University to mark what would be his father’s 80th birthday.

Stephen M.R. Covey, a businessman himself and author of the best-selling book “The SPEED of Trust,” will speak at a “Special Commemorative Dean’s Convocation” at Huntsman School of Business, the USU school has announced. The public is invited.

The death of Stephen R. Covey — the Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership who died after a battle with complications caused by a biking accident — was felt across the country and in the USU community. Covey made several appearances at USU as a full professor and even attended a Huntsman School faculty retreat one year, officials at the school say.

Stephen Covey is well-known for his best-seller, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

The school’s dean, Doug Anderson, said M.R. Covey will speak about his father’s life, and “the great principles that he championed so effectively.” M.R. Covey will also “share anecdotes from these principles that influenced his own thinking,” Anderson said.

“Stephen Covey has a legacy that, although he’s gone, will have a profound effect on the lives of our students today and for generations to come,” Anderson said in an interview. “We want (M.R. Covey) to share with us some of the timeless principles involved in creating not ‘either/or alternatives,’ not ‘win or lose alternatives,’ but ‘third alternatives.’ To the extent that our students can practice those ideas, it will lead to them being able to make profound contributions to whatever organizations in society they choose to serve.”

The late Covey’s last book, “The 3rd Alternative,” is required reading of all Huntsman School students this year, Anderson said.

“There are many memories that come flooding into my mind of Stephen Covey,” said Anderson, who met Covey in 1990, just after the release of “Seven Habits.”

Anderson went on: “We enjoyed a profound mutual respect. Every single time I met with Stephen, I was struck by the power of his personality, the power of his goodness. He was genuine, and tried to live the principles he articulated.”

M.R. Covey has found success with his own book, which offers advice for entrepreneurs on how to actively manage trust in order to accelerate growth. It was a No. 1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times best-seller. Another publication, “Smart Trust” — a book he co-authored — was a No. 1 Amazon best-seller.

M.R. Covey is the former CEO of the Covey Leadership Center; under his stewardship it became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey left FranklinCovey to co-found CoveyLink Worldwide, but has since merged CoveyLink with FranklinCovey, where he now serves as a global practice leader for the Global Speed of Trust Practice.

Anderson has invited the USU community and the general public to attend.

“Stephen M.R. teaches tireless universal principles,” Anderson said. “They’re applicable to anybody — whether they’re relationships in business or relationships in their neighborhood.”

The lecture is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the George S. Eccles Business Building’s Orson A. Christensen Auditorium, Room 215.


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