For business leaders and public figures in any arena, The Speed of Trust offers an unprecedented and eminently practical look at exactly how trust functions in our every transaction and relationship - from the most personal to the broadest, most indirect interaction - and how to establish trust immediately so that you and your organization can forego the time - killing, bureaucratic check - and - balance processes so often deployed in lieu of actual trust.
©2008 Stephen M.R. Covey; (P)2008 Franklin Covey Co.
I think this is an even more important book than the 7 Habits book written by Covey''s father, which is a required read and re-read in it's own right. It encapsulates the elements that make up a trusted entity (a person, a family, a company, a society), and the behaviors which, when implemented earnestly, will strengthen those elements and improve how they are perceived.
While the concepts are easy to grasp, Mr. Covey reads a little fast,. I would have slowed it down, but it goes on and on for some 65+ chapters. It took me a month to get through this book listening to it in the car on my 20 minutes (each way) commute plus a 4-hour plane ride! Just remember the basic framework: 4 elements, 13 behaviors, 5 waves.
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The book could have been massively shorter and I'm a bit upset I kept listening. I noticed there is an abridged version just now, perhaps I should have tried that. If you like repetitive stories pointing to similar morals than you will like this book. This author is an amazing human being but perhaps not the best voice for this book. I feel horrible giving this reviewas it does contain good information, just repetitive and narration issues.
But delivery a bit monotone making concentration difficult. May be better served with a print version. At the very least try bite size portions.
This will need several listens to take it all in! Examining how expensive lack of trust is, and how prevalent , gives good ground to reflect personally how many areas in our life are affected. I like the " taxes vs dividend analogy. Also, the many examples of how quickly trust can be regained if damaged .
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!!!
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