Salt Lake City: Considered a pioneer in the self-help genre aimed at helping readers become more productive in their lives, Stephen R Covey, the well-known motivational speaker and author of the best-selling "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," which sold more than 20 million copies in 38 languages, died on Monday at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho, due to complications from a bicycle accident in April, according to his family.
"In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one of his children and their spouses just as he always wanted," the family said in a statement. He was 79.
Covey was hospitalised in April after being knocked unconscious in the bike crash on a steep road in the foothills of Provo, Utah, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) south of Salt Lake City.
"This was one of the first books in recent times that was really directed at prioritising the way you worked, so you could be more effective as an individual," said Adrian Zackheim, president and publisher of Portfolio, a business imprint at Penguin Group (USA). "It wasn't about how to be a manager or how or to run a company. It was about how to conduct yourself."...more
10:47 AM, Jul 17, 2012