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By Kent Larsen

Mormon Gurus to Give Free New York Seminar to Companies Affected by September 11th

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- LDS management gurus Stephen R. Covey and Hyrum Smith will address a free seminar for companies and organizations coping with the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Covey and Smith will speak at the all-day seminar, titled "Managing Change in the Face of Crisis and Economic Uncertainty," provided by their company, FranklinCovey on Friday, October 19th in the Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

The FranklinCovey conference, set up in conjunction with New York area chambers of commerce, including those in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and Westchester county, seeks to offer an uplifting and encouraging environment to companies and organizations that are still feeling the affects of the devastating attacks. In addition to Covey and Smith, the seminar will hear an address by FranklinCovey CEO Bob Whitman. The conference will also have breakout sessions with consultants and other experts on topics such as Focusing on What Matters Most, Trust in a Time of Tragedy, Coaching Through Crisis and The Nobility of Public Safety Service. Attendees will also receive a free Organizational Performance and Strategic Implementation Process workbook and disc and have access to 30 days of free coaching. Registration for the conference is available online at .

FranklinCovey CEO Whitman says that the conference is his company's attempt to help New York City recover from the devastating attacks, "Individuals and organizations throughout the country, especially in New York, will be feeling the effects of the Sept. 11 attacks for months, possibly even years. By offering our time, energy and expertise, we hope that organizations will gain vital perspectives that will help them not only cope with the aftershocks of these attacks, but also realign business strategies for economic recovery."

FranklinCovey was formed when the Covey Leadership Center founded by Stephen R. Covey, author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," and Hyrum W. Smith's Franklin Quest, Inc., producer of the well-known Franklin Planner, were merged in 1997. The combined company is now one of the leading providers of personal productivity tools and learning and performance services, with 80 of the Fortune 100 companies as its client.

However, the LDS Church membership of Covey has sometimes been a stumbling block for the firm, as critics claimed that Covey was trying to push religion in his products. However, the company's products remain popular, and Covey's original book remains on U.S. bestseller lists.


FranklinCovey Conference to Help New York Area Companies and Organizations Cope with Recent Attacks
Business Wire 12Oct01 B4


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