Author Stephen M.R. Covey to give training program Aug. 18 in Quincy

Posted: Jul. 25, 2014 9:13 am Updated: Aug. 8, 2014 11:15 am

By EDWARD HUSARHerald-Whig Staff Writer

The son of the man who made "Seven Habits" a familiar expression in Adams County schools will provide a leadership training program Aug. 18 at Quincy Junior High School.

Stephen M.R. Covey, author of the best-selling book "The Speed of Trust," will offer a 90-minute session on "Leading at the Speed of Trust" to local educators and business leaders.

The event is part of the first day of work for Quincy teachers as the 2014-15 school year gets under way. A second training day will be held Aug. 19, and students will report to school for their first day of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Covey's appearance is sponsored by the Quincy Public Schools Foundation and Titan International. The event includes a private breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Kroc Center for invited business and educational leaders. After the breakfast, Covey will make his presentation starting at 8:30 a.m. in Morrison Theatre at QJHS.

Covey's appearances are not open to the general public. Adams County schools and businesses can pay a $500 registration fee to get one ticket to the private breakfast and 20 tickets to the training session.

According a press release from the QPS Foundation, Covey teaches that "nothing is as fast as the speed of trust, especially in leadership." At his training session, he will emphasize that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is "the critical leadership competency of the new global economy."

Participants will learn how trust has become an economic driver and a top measure of competency in today's leaders.

Carol Frericks, the Quincy School District's director of secondary education, said she believes teachers will gain from this shared learning experience with local business leaders.

"This opportunity will provide inspiration and guidance to enhance high-performance and trust as we begin this school year with students and families," she said.

Stephen M.R. Covey is the son of the late Stephen R. Covey, author of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," which inspired the Seven Habits leadership curriculum used in all Adams County schools.

Frericks said the Aug. 18 presentation by Stephen M.R. Covey ties in somewhat with the Seven Habits but is really a different subject altogether.

"It does tie in with the Seven Habits, because the Seven Habits definitely impacts an organization and the culture of an organization -- as does trust and high performance," Frericks said.

"However, this message is not about the Seven Habits. The Seven Habits are about effective leadership and effective performance by individuals. Mr. M.R. Covey's message about the speed of trust in a high-performance organization is part of leadership. However, it is owned by everyone in the organization."

Julie Ross, executive director of the QPS Foundation, said the Covey training will benefit educators as well as business people "and will serve as a great resource for all attendees for the year to come."


n Businesses can make reservations for the 90-minute session on "Leading at the Speed of Trust" by contacting Julie Ross at or 228-7158, ext. 2256.