Motivational ‘7 Habits’ Author Stephen Covey Dies At 79

Author Stephen Covey, whose “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” sold more than 20 million copies, died Monday at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 79.

Covey’s family issued a statement, reported by CNN affiliate KSL, saying he died from residual effects of an April bicycle accident: “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 statement said, according to KSL.

Covey was “one of the world’s foremost leadership authorities, organizational experts and thought leaders,” according to a biography posted on the website of his 2011 book, “The 3rd Alternative.” Other best-sellers by Covey include “First Things First,” “Principle-Centered Leadership,” and “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness,” according to the biography.

Named in 1996 as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, according to the biography, Covey “made teaching principle-centered living and principle-centered leadership his life’s work.” Covey held a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Utah, a master’s in business administration from Harvard and a doctorate from Brigham Young University. He also received 10 honorary doctorate degrees, his biography said.

He founded Covey Leadership Center, which in 1997 merged with Franklin Quest to create FranklinCovey Co. The company is a “global consulting and training leader in the areas of strategy execution, leadership, customer loyalty, sales performance, school transformation and individual effectiveness,” with 44 offices in 147 countries, according to the website. Covey and his wife, Sandra, lived in Provo, Utah. He was a father of nine, a grandfather of 52 and a great-grandfather of two.

Have you read Stephen Covey’s books? How have his leadership principles inspired you in achieving your life’s goals?

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26 Dead Men Found in Abandoned Cars in Mexico

Authorities found 26 bodies Thursday inside three abandoned vehicles in Guadalajara, Mexico, an official said. All the victims were men, said Ulises Enríquez, a spokesman for the Jalisco delegation of the Attorney General’s Office. The vehicles were discovered near a monument on one of the city’s main avenues.

Jalisco state Attorney General Tomas Coronado Olmos told CNN affiliate TV Azteca that a message was found with the bodies, but he did not disclose what it said. The discovery came a day after authorities in Sinaloa state found 16 charred bodies inside two trucks that had been set ablaze.

Speaking about those bodies and also those found in Guadalajara, Mexico’s new interior minister, Alejandro Poiré, promised to provide federal support.

About 43,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced a crackdown on cartels in December 2006, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. But brutal cartel killings are rare in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-most populous city.

The city recently hosted the Pan American Games and is scheduled to host a large international book festival next week a few miles away from where the bodies were found.

In a security report published before the games began, analysts said Guadalajara would probably be the next hot spot in Mexico’s drug war, as the Zetas drug cartel tries to take over turf long dominated by the Sinaloa cartel.

The analysis, published in September by Southern Pulse, an online information network focused on Latin America, noted that major offensives were unlikely amid stepped-up security in the city during the high-profile sporting event.


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