Stephen M.R. Covey has done something I would not have imagined possible; he has taken the ideas and concepts forwarded by his father and improved upon them. By focusing perception through the lens of trust, Covey manages to both shine new light on the 7 habits his father talked about and highlight that the approach is a practical, reality based one. It's a book I listen to at least once a quarter, a wonderful way to refocus myself on what's really important in business and life.
Covey's quick breakdown of the benefits of trust (high trust = high speed and reduced costs whereas low trust = low speed and increased costs) was inspired. I had never before been able to see the true value of trust that quickly and succinctly.
I have noticed in some of the other comments two consistent criticism's of this audio presentation, and I wanted to offer thoughts about both of them.
The first is that the material throughout the book is repetitive, that the book could have been much shorter. While I do not disagree the book could have been shorter, as a teacher I also understand the value of repetition when learning a new concept. In this case, I thought the revisiting of concepts and ideas throughout the book was done for the purpose of reinforcement, and that the reinforcement was both varied an effective.
The other criticism I have read is about Mr. Covey's voice. reading this concern almost kept me from buying this audio book. I am glad I disregarded the criticism. While Mr. Covey is certainly not a professional voice, I found hearing him deliver his own ideas beneficial. I did not find his delivery at all distracting. I know this is very much a matter of personal preference, but to those who have read some of the comments about the author's delivery here with trepidation, I would encourage them to give this presentation a chance. I think most will be pleased they did.
You know it's a 'thing' but it's not until you hear/read it then it awakens you.
Lots of applicable information for people in the construction industry in Australia.
Very insightful and encouraging book!! If you lead anything from a small family to a Fortune 100 company you need to read this. If you think you want to lead you need to read this too. ENJOY!!!
Hold on a second, I'm listening to a book...
As far as a listening experience, it is long-winded and his voice is hard to get used to. For that reason, it is a 3 out of 5 for reading performance.
The most memorable moment was the portion on self trust - it's like putting on special goggles and suddenly being able to see the condition of trust in every relationship in every aspect of my life.
I would probably not listen to another book narrated by Stephen. I love his content, but I have not enjoyed listening to his performance. If he writes another great book, I'll probably just buy a hard copy.
The book has changed my outlook on life. Many of the principles discussed really struck home. I plan to refer to this book again and again as it's just so true and relevant.
His references to the quotes from many other notables.
Trust is everything.
It was a difficult listen at times because there is just so much to absorb and also because of the of the readers oratory skill. I'm going to have to re-listen to it several times to retain the key points.
Michael A. Torres, MD, MBA
Trust creates growth
The examples used were highly entertaining and informative.
The content of his book is excellent, his delivery is sometimes monotone and difficult to get through. It does not, however, detract from the strength of his message. I would listen to another of his books.
The insights in this book solidified my belief in integrity and competence as cornerstones of success in life and in business.
This is a great foundational book for someone new to this line of learning, and an excellent review of why integrity, good communication, and competence matters.
It's not preachy. It's written in a manner that is easy for any listener to relate. Trust really changes everything.
I love that he has a great deal of real world experiences. I like when he shares his faults. He doesn't write the book as if he's perfect. He explained his errors and how he learned from them.
It has enabled me to understand the many aspects of trust. For instance, in the past I didn't understand why some relationships lacked trust. Now among many aspects I understand that motive is a key element. Also, I understand that if I trust someone I am more likely to give their actions the benefit of the doubt instead of jumping to negative conclusions.
I really enjoyed the real life stories and how they connected to my own life. It really made me stop and think about my own reactions to others.
This is an insightful look at the power of relationships, inside and outside of business, and the role trust plays therein.