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Stephen M.R. Covey's book provides a framework for understanding trust, and a set of guidelines for building and restoring trust. Abundant anecdotes illustrate its lessons. An impressive array of business leaders, gurus and authorities lent their names to blurbs for this book, most of them endorsing the proposition that trust is good for the bottom line of any business. It would be hard to argue with that. If the book's style reminds you of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, there's a reason. The author is the son of 7 Habits' guru Stephen R. Covey, and the same writer, Rebecca R. Merrill, was involved in both books. While this solid book may not be quite as intensely focused as 7 Habits (but then, what is?), getAbstract recommends it to readers seeking confirmation of perennial truths about the importance of trust and its application in business.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why trust is important to companies and families;
  • How to act to develop trust; and
  • What to do when trust is broken.

About the Authors

Stephen M. R. Covey is co-founder and CEO of CoveyLink, a leadership consultancy. Rebecca R. Merrill is the co-author of Life Matters and Connections (with Roger Merrill) and of First Things First (with Merrill and Stephen R. Covey).



The Value of Trust
Trust is necessary to the credibility – and, therefore, the empowerment – of any organization, economy or human relationship. People who work in an atmosphere of trust can collaborate productively, so things get done faster and at lower cost. Without trust, however, ...

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    Kaitlin Casey 2 months ago
    Wonderful read
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    Mariah Lescasse 10 months ago
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    Scott Corbitt 4 years ago
    Excellent summary. Provides main points with some foundation. You could get the basic message of the book along with working points to help understand the topics.

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    You can’t measure it, but you must have it. You can’t see it, but you can see its absence: trust in the workplace. How to get it, and keep it.

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