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Covey had an impact

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Occasionally when reading the paper, I will do a double take on an article in total disbelief of what I am reading.

Such was the case back in May with the passing of your iconic writer Tom Oleson, and on July 17 it was on the passing of Stephen Covey (Writer was no stranger to Winnipeg audiences).

At first I thought the article was telling me he was coming back to Winnipeg. I was elated, but as I read on, and over, and over, I realized I was reading an obituary.

I cannot think of any one person who has had a more positive impact on my life. I recently retired from the air force, where, as a certified facilitator, I had the privilege of conducting workshops and sharing his work with more than 2,000 members.

His simple yet powerful concepts of personal and interpersonal effectiveness are amazing. The most powerful one is that we are responsible for our actions, or as he stated "response-able." Truly this is a guiding principle that we need more of these days. Stephen, you truly made a difference. Thank you.

GARY HOOK

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 18, 2012 A11

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