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Hyrum Smith, the noted entrepreneur and founder of the Franklin-Quest company, addressed the assembled class of the Command and General Staff College on Feb. 4, in Eisenhower Hall of the Lewis and Clark Center on Fort Leavenworth.
Smith delivered his “Power of Perception” presentation to the students with a good dose of humor and relevance that kept their attention for the full two hours. The presentation focused on concepts that bring about personal change through the understanding of the need for clear perception and the link between beliefs and behavior. He challenged them to teach the concepts to others and write their own “personal constitution.”
Smith served as the CGSC Foundation vice president of the board of trustees from June 2007 to July 2008, then five additional years as the Foundation board president until he stepped down in February 2013. Smith spoke to the class at the suggestion of the Foundation as a public service to the College. He last spoke to CGSC classes in 2008 and 2010 and always receives positive feedback from the students who collectively are known to many as a tough audience.
Smith is also the author of several nationally published and acclaimed books including The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, What Matters Most, The Advanced Day Planner User’s Guide and The Modern Gladiator. He is also co-author of Excellence Through Time Management.
Smith served in the Army as an artillery captain from 1965-1969, receiving his commission through Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Okla. Following his military service, Smith graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971. After college he took a job with ADP, a data processing firm, where he rose to become senior vice president for sales. In 1981, he formed his own training company, Golden Eagle Motivation, focusing on sales management. Later Smith worked as a consultant for a time management training company.
In 1984, Smith help create the widely used Franklin Day Planner and formed Franklin Quest Co. to produce the planner and train individuals and organizations in time management principles. He later founded Franklin Covey, as a successor company to Franklin Quest, and served as vice chairman of the board until September 1984. He helped found The Galileo Initiative in 2001 to focus on teaching and training some of the core concepts he has come to feel the most deeply about in his years of training and motivating people.
Smith has received numerous honors and community service awards, including the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America and the 1992 SRI Gallup Hall of Fame and Man of the Year Award. Hyrum was honored as the International Entrepreneur of the Year by Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of management in 1993. He serves on several boards of directors and national advisory councils, and has been the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees. In 1994 he was inducted into the U. S. Army’s Artillery OCS Hall of Fame, and in 2005 was inducted into the Order of St. Barbara.