Stephen M.R. Covey, the son, was head of training for his father's company.
The book is needlessly long and I didn't need to be sold on the value of t...moreStephen M.R. Covey, the son, was head of training for his father's company.
The book is needlessly long and I didn't need to be sold on the value of trust (which is why the book is so long), hence, why the 3 star rating. Long sections of the book are very general and boring and I kept thinking how the book could have been netted down. I recommend the book, recommend skimming the boring examples and felt that along with the Economics of Trust, all that a reader needs on the important subject of trust.
The practical advice Trust includes five waves of trust (self trust based on the principle of credibility, relationship trust based on the principle of proper behavior, organizational trust based on the principle of alignment, market trust based on the principle of reputation, and societal trust based on the principle of contribution). Most of the book is taken up with examining those five waves and their underlying principles.
He makes the point that trust is comprised of two basic elements: essentially character and competency.
The core of the book is in the 13 behaviors that have been shown research wise to establish trust (talk straight, demonstrate respect, create transparency, right wrongs, show loyalty, get better, confront reality, clarify expectations, practice accountability, listen first, keep commitments, and extend trust). He applies the concept of emotional bank accounts from his father's book to explain that a deposit for one person may be a withdrawal for another.
Each section of the book comes with ways to check on your performance and to create plans for improvement. (less)
I used to be a large reader of Jack Welch practices at GE, until I read that he looked to Drucker. I've been reading Drucker and re-reading Drucker ev...moreI used to be a large reader of Jack Welch practices at GE, until I read that he looked to Drucker. I've been reading Drucker and re-reading Drucker ever since. He is the master at learning how to be "effective" and from him, I learned how to filter what are the best effectiveness 21st century leadership practices.
Now, after 14 years of running a company and 8 years of trying to create a leadership engine to run a company, I believe that the 21st century practices for effectiveness in order of sequence:
1. Self love & taking care of oneself daily (for me, taught by Richard Bach, M. Scott Peck, Gay Hendrix, others) 2. Life vision (parents' life history, Richard Bach, Tao Te Ching, Tao of Mentoring) 3. Being resonant. Using a ratio of 7 PEA to 1 NEA(For me, taught by Resonant Leader and developing a self care agenda) 4. Using Appreciative Inquiry style to help others get in touch with when they felt their highest, when I feel my highest 5. Facilitative communication style (Roger Schwarz, other facilitator techniques)
I am still in process on learning on all these dimensions. As AA says, and M.Scott Peck quotes..."I'm not okay, you're not okay and that's okay." Learning to forgive one's self and others and accept the mystery of life is a life long leadership and life journey. (less)