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The Speed of Trust Audiobook

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything

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From Stephen R. Covey's eldest son comes a revolutionary new path towards productivity and satisfaction. Trust, says Stephen M.R. Covey, is the very basis of the new global economy, and he shows how trust - and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees and constituents - is the essential ingredient for any high - performance, successful organization.

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.

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    Marty East Thetford, VT, United States 12-23-10
    Marty East Thetford, VT, United States 12-23-10 Member Since 2008

    Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.

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    "Good Information, Hard to Listen to"

    Covey describes trust as being based on character and competence, where character is required and competence is situational. He uses financial terms as a concrete way to convey the cost of low trust and the benefit of high trust, describing the former as a trust tax and the latter as a trust dividend. The quickest way to make a withdrawal, he insists, is to violate a behavior of character, and the quickest way to make a deposit is to demonstrate a behavior of competence. He goes on to detail seven low trust taxes (redundancy, bureaucracy, politics, disengagement, turnover, churn, and fraud) and seven high trust dividends (increased value, accelerated growth, enhanced motivation, improved collaboration, stronger partnering, better execution, and heightened loyalty).

    Covey also outlines what he characterizes as five waves of trust: self-trust, relationship trust, organizational trust, market trust, and societal trust. For each of these waves, he applies the concept of the four cores (integrity, intention, capabilities, and results) and the thirteen behaviors of high-trust leaders (talk straight, demonstrate respect, create transparency, right wrongs, show loyalty, deliver results, get better, confront reality, clarify expectations, practice accountability, listen first, keep commitments, and extend trust). The book includes a multitude of practical applications and pushes the reader to reflect on his or her own behavior.

    Despite the fact that I have recommended this book, I do so with some caveats. Although I generally like it when an author reads the book, that was not the case for this one. Covey is a Harvard MBA, but I was astounded at the number of mispronunciations. His reading style has a hesitating tempo to it that comes across as patronizing, and his incessant family examples are over the top. He's a business man, not a family therapist. Those examples got very tiresome. Still, there are nuggets in the book.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 09-09-09
    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 09-09-09 Member Since 2016

    Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.

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    "Very true!"

    This book was a pleasant surprise. There is much truth to what Covey says in this book, both about how trust changes everything and how to increase your "trust" quotient in life and in the office. It is also interesting how the principles in this book apply to virtually everything in life: Marriage, Church and Family, relationships between nations, etc..... This was recommended by my boss and I'm truly glad I read (or more accurately listened to ) it. Well worth your time!

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    Gary 07-10-10
    Gary 07-10-10
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    "Disappointed"

    I have listened to ~30 audible selections over the past year. Though I had read reviewers' comments concerning poor narration, I never thought a bad narrator could undermine the content of a book so greatly.

    Mr. Covey is probably a really nice guy, but is simply a poor reader. The choppy, uneven flow made me wish I would have purchased the book rather than listening to it.

    Recommendation: Please listen to the sample audio prior to purchasing. (I will from now on.)

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Trompe La Mort 09-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Some good information in there, but is too long"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book has some great information. But it could be about 2/3rds shorter.A lot of information is repeated, and I couldnt' finish it.


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    JSimon weston, Florida United States 08-09-16
    JSimon weston, Florida United States 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great message!"

    Book was a great message. Listening it for work. Like most business books, it could have been shortened by about 100 pages without losing the point. But the stories and examples were good though. Not sure I would have read the whole thing if it wasn't for work. Overall good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Billie Standford 11-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Informative"

    The information was excellent and leaders of companies really should read this book. The knowledge that you gain from this book would provide insight to mangers and non-managers in having a good team.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Edmonton, AB, Canada 05-11-13
    Doug Edmonton, AB, Canada 05-11-13 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Amazing information and challenge"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but they've got to listen well and long as this is a long but challenging look at why trust is so important in all our lives.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Trust is shown to be what it was intended to be, the king-pin that creates and holds together relationships of all stripes.


    What about Stephen R. Covey’s performance did you like?

    His thinking and clear wording make one stop and self-evaluate.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it did force me to think and rethink.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TeamDavidAndSarah New Jersey 02-19-14
    TeamDavidAndSarah New Jersey 02-19-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Good concept - not a good book"
    What disappointed you about The Speed of Trust?

    While some have commented on not liking Covey's style of narration, I didn't mind that but really disliked the alternative narrator.

    The book also seemed very repetitive as if it is trying to fill more pages than it would naturally.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Strongly agreed with and found the concept informative about how big a role trust plays but the shallowness of a lot of the material later on and the other narrator's affected tone made it an unpleasant experience overall.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne 11-20-16
    Wayne 11-20-16
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I much prefer Stephen R. Covey's style over his son. This book was hard to listen to, for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    trials of Appollo


    How could the performance have been better?

    different reader


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    great information on succeeding in relationships and maintaining trust.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Masciarelli Florida 11-14-16
    Jason Masciarelli Florida 11-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Highly Comprehensive and Valuable"

    Deep dive on the importance of trust in personal and professional relationships. Provides specific behaviors and stories to help listener build, maintain, and rebuild trust.

    Recommend for anyone in business management and entrepreneurs.

    Some of the examples are dated but the overall content is well organized and comprehensive.

    Great to see such a strong book from the late Stephen Covey's son; a fantastic legacy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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