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Covey, S. R. (1990).  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
"There is the principle of potential, the idea that we are embryonic and can grow and develop and release more and more potential, develop more and more talents. Highly related to potential is the principle of growth—the process of releasing potential and developing talents, with the accompanying need for principles such as patience, nurturance, and trust." (p. 34)
Covey, S. R., Merrill R. A., & Merrill R. R. (1994).  First Things First.
"Arnold Toynbee, the great historian, said that all of history can be written in a simple little formula—challenge, response. The challenge is created by the environment, and then the individual, the institution, the society comes up with a response. Then there's another challenge, another response. The formula is constantly being repeated.
The problem is that these responses become codified. They get set in cement. They become a part of the very way we think and the way we perform. They may be good procedures, good practices. But when we're faced with a new challenge the old practices no longer apply. They become obsolete. We're out in the wilderness trying to navigate with a road map." (p. 53)
Covey, S. R. (1992).  Principle Centered Leadership.
"If we use an authoritarian or benevolent authoritarian approach to problem-solving, we slip into a kind of condescending or vertical communication pattern. If people sense that we are 'talking down' to them or that our motive is to manipulate them into making a change, they will resist our efforts." (p. 222)

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