His was the first self-help book I ever bought. It was called “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People”. I bought it because I thought it would help me become a better manager. When I read it, I was amazed by it. It was the first business book I read that defined a successful people in terms other than how much money they had or how high up the corporate ladder they have climbed.
His notion of success included community involvement, parenting well, close friendships, and even spiritual depth. His calendaring method actually allowed for scheduling vacations or volunteering alongside board meetings and employee evaluations.
I became a better manager through his teachings, but I also began to see success holistically. I began to value all my roles in life. So, baby-step by baby-step, I planned a vacation for my husband and I when everything seemed to conspire to keep us from spending any time together.
He blessed us. But that was his way. Will Marre, the co-founder of the Covey Leadership Center, recounts advice given to him by Stephen after a Will made a disastrous presentation. Stephen told Will:
seek to bless, not impress