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Two former top executives at Utah-based FranklinCovey Co., one the son of the late management guru Stephen R. Covey, say they are poised to launch a "global training network" that will offer programs developed by some of the best minds in the business consulting field.

David M.R. Covey and Stephan Mardykis, who served as co-chief operating officers at FranklinCovey, founded Dallas-based SMCOV in 2010.

They say their company soon will debut cutting-edge programs that will address many of the complex challenges facing individuals and organizations today — ranging from developing effective leaders to motivating an under-performing sales force.

"Most training content has been developed in the last 20 to 30 years and is therefore very outdated," Mardykis said in a statement. "Today's jobs require a very different mindset and new complex skills."

The duo claim SMCOV has aligned itself with an arsenal of training products developed by "some of the most ground-breaking thought leaders around the globe."

Mardykis and Covey said SMCOV will introduce individual training products and programs in coming weeks.

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