Urgency (X-axis) and Importance (Y-axis), then we can place our To-Do items in onequadrant or another. I got two important things from this:1. If I allow myself to be driven unconsciously by the "tyranny" of the urgent but(mostly) unimportant (Quad 3), then once again I'm condemning myself to more of Quad 1.2. The more time I spend in Quad 2, the less I will spend later in Quad 1.Ken Blanchard of "The One Minute Manager" fame has a different take on thesequadrants, and I have my own also - see Time Management for more on this.
Stephen Covey was born on October 24, 1932 in Salt Lake City. Born and raised aMormon, he served for a time as a missionary in England and he remains stronglycommitted to the Mormon church. He earned his undergraduate degree from theUniversity of Utah, his MBA from Harvard and completed his doctorate at BrighamYoung University. While at Brigham Young University, he was assistant to thepresident and was also a professor of business management and organizationalbehavior.Stephen Covey left Brigham Young in 1983 to form the Covey Leadership Center. Itwas good timing - corporate America was eager for ideas about improving the moraleand effectiveness of manager and workers alike. The 7 Habits, published in 1989,became a huge success - appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for wellover five years. The book's success helped the Leaderships Center. Throughout the'90s, "hundreds of corporations, government agencies, and universities invited Coveyto conduct seminars with, or present talks to, their employees."In 1997 the Covey Leadership Centre merged with the Franklin Quest Company (of day-planner fame). In announcing the deal, management were optimistic - "Weintend to apply our own expertise to our own merger, thereby creating a modelmerger for corporate industry." Sadly, like the vast majority of mergers, thedifference in cultures was hard to reconcile, and good habits or no good habits, thestock remains in the tank. What can I say - even gurus don't always get it right!Stephen Covey has published a number of books including:
The Divine Center (1982)
(The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989)Principle Centered Leadership (1992)Spiritual Roots of Human Relations (1993)First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy (1996)