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Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book, The Speed of Trust challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue. Instead, it demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver -- a learnable and measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energizing.

Written from his informed perspective as the former CEO of a $100 million enterprise, Covey draws on his pragmatic experience growing the Covey Leadership Center (founded by his father, Dr. Stephen R. Covey) from a shareholder value of less than $3 million to a value of more than $160 million.

Covey articulates why trust has become the key leadership competency of the new global economy. He eloquently informs readers of how to inspire lasting trust in their personal and professional relationships, and in so doing to create unparalleled success and sustainable prosperity in every dimension of life. He shows business, government, and education leaders how to quickly and permanently gain the trust of clients, coworkers, partners, and constituents. The author convincingly makes the case that trust is a measurable performance accelerator, and that when trust goes up, speed also goes up while cost comes down, producing what Covey calls a "trust dividend".

This powerful new audiobook reveals the 13 behaviors common to high-trust leaders throughout the world and demonstrates actionable insights that will enable you to increase and inspire trust in your important relationships.

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Critic Reviews

"This book can change lives. Covey helps us understand how to nurture and inspire immediate trust in every encounter, which is the foundation for true and lasting success in life...Interesting and enlightening." (Larry King) "This book by leadership expert Covey is a welcome guide to nurturing trust in our professional and personal lives....The author effectively reminds us that there's plenty of room for improvement on this virtue....Covey's down-to-earth approach and disarming personal stories go a long way to establish rapport with his listener." (Publisher's Weekly)

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Son of Covey carries on the legacy...

He ran the company his Dad founded (Covey Leadership Center) up until they merged with FranklinQuest.

Now, in this book, Stephen M. R. Covey explores in greater depth the foundation of the character ethic so eloquently taught by his father: trust.

This book will give you new insights on how important trust really is, and just how much so many people and organizations have taken it for granted.

(And unlike his father, his narration isn't in monotone! :-) )

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Very Disappointed

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

I was very disappointed by how little the audio version covered. If I had time to sit around for hours reading a (free) web site, then I would do that. The whole reason I bought the audio book was so that I could listen to it (over and over again for years?), while I did other things. The superficial paucity of information included in the Audible version was not worth $3.00, let alone more!

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Trust Shouldn't Be Taken For Granted

If you could sum up The Speed of Trust in three words, what would they be?

A must read for anyone who thinks their a leader. This book has me reflecting on all the relationships I have destroyed in my life and what I can do to make sure I don't cause more destruction in the future. It's going on my read once a year list.

What other book might you compare The Speed of Trust to and why?

Patrick Lencioni, 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

Have you listened to any of Stephen R. Covey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but he is great in this book

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO WAY, too much to digest in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book to any leader who REALLY wants to be a better leader.

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  • 03-10-09

Fantastic message for world in crisis

Great book on the foundation of all human realtionships ...trust. To understand prosperity we need to understand how to build trust. Stephen M.R. Covey has jumped on the field with this outstanding book and is making his own path in great books on leadership. This book really got me ... and now I am training my leaders on it.

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HIghly recommended

An excellent book. To the point, good information. Easy to follow, makes sense.

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Speed if Trust

informative, right on time, great tips, I would recommend this to a friend. great authour

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good principles for business and personal life<br />

solid, practical advice often taken for granted in business.
good reminder.
very quick read, couldn't access reference materials on website

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Don't ask a fish how the water is.

This book covers the many facets of trust and its many benefits. It is best to be a dividend and not a tax.

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Keeping Commitments

Had a recent encounter with someone who broke a commitment and then refused the responsibility of recognizing that they did that. I felt deeply wounded but couldn't understand why. In remember putting this book on my wish list and decided to download it and read it, looking for a better explanation than "Ouch, that hurt." Sure enough, I now know why broken commitments act as HUGE emotional withdrawals from my "bank account." Thank you for the clarification.

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Excellent insights to corporate and personal trust

I found this the best program on why trust is so essential in daily and corporate trusting have ever listened to

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  • Jeremy Depauw
  • 06-19-15

Too short as it is now now

Could we at least buy the full version? I don't this it goes deep enough

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  • Jasmin
  • 11-28-16

This is a must read book

Anyone that has issues with trust or wants to understand why trust is important or even how to develop trust should read this book