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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423621182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423621188
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliant! In a world starving for authenticity, A Slice of Trust demonstrates beautifully that gaining and giving trust are indispensable skills. Do you know how to win the trust of the people you serve? Do you know when to give your trust and when not to? Read this book!"
Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Dream Manager

(Kelly Matthew, New York Times bestselling author of The Dream Manager 2011-03-16)

"A Slice of Trust masterfully tells a story that is really quite simple; if you give trust you will grow trust and be trusted. David and Barry deliver a message that every leader should hear and embrace."
Stephen DerManuelian, Vice President, Associate & Business Services, OfficeMax

(OfficeMax 2011-03-17)

"Dazzling...and true! It took me many years to discover the power of trust. With A Slice of Trust, you will understand so much more—and in only a few hours!"
Carlos Tavares, Chairman, Nissan Americas

(Nissan Americas 2011-03-17)

From the Inside Flap

Slice of Trust

Foreword
by Stephen M. R. Covey, Author, The Speed of Trust

I'll never forget an experience several years ago when our company had been working with two distinct suppliers to provide the same product for our business. On paper, the suppliers looked similar. Both had good people and reputations. We started off trusting them both. But while one supplier consistently performed, the other one didn't. Our trust in the one grew and in the other shrank. We had to put in place redundant inspection processes for the supplier that was inconsistent, which cost us extra time and money, causing our product costs to rise. We ultimately decided to drop that supplier and just go with the one we trusted.

After this experience, I found myself noticing everywhere the same phenomenon: that the economic implications of trust were as great as, if not greater than, the social implications. I ran with this simple insight and began to see the impact of trust—or the lack thereof—everywhere. I found that when I consciously focused on trusting and being trusted, it brought great success—and when trust was neglected or ignored, I paid the price. I eventually concluded that trust is the one thing that changes everything, and today I am only more convinced that is true. This conviction, along with empirical data and a personal sense of passion for this topic, led to the development and publication of my book, The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything.

Because trust is such a simple idea, it is typically underestimated, assumed and taken for granted. It seems we only appreciate it after we lose it. Yet this oft-neglected subject of trust has yielded untold layers of depth as our company has explored its many uses and applications among individuals, teams, organizations, and society. Most fascinating, even with all the work we've done in dozens of countries, I believe we've only just scratched the surface. There is much more work to do, and that's what excites me most. That is why I am so pleased to have on my team practitioners like Barry Rellaford and David Hutchens, who help our trust approach come to life. Barry has served as one of the chief architects and global advocates for our approach, while David has developed learning tools and products that even today are helping our practice lead a transformation of trust all around the world.

These authors understand trust. Barry, more than anyone, helped me shape and mold the ideas and terms in The Speed of Trust. He has been a constant supporter and expert advisor for the work we're doing. Most significantly, he has been an insightful coach and facilitator in working with client organizations throughout the world, particularly with executive teams, in teaching and helping them implement the Speed of Trust on their teams and in their organizations in order to achieve sustained superior performance.

David, in turn, has paid the price to master our content, which, coupled with his innate gifts of writing and storytelling, has given him the ability to convey key messages in a way that is both simple and profound. He understands how people and organizations learn, and he's created tools and processes to enable and accelerate that learning. The combination of Barry and David in producing this wonderful book is an illustration of the speed of trust in action!

When they first approached me about this project, I must admit I was a bit skeptical. I'm typically not a big fan of fables—many of them aren't very well told or the stories often get in the way of the message or they come across as naively simplistic. But because I trusted the authors, I agreed to read their story and was delightfully surprised. As well as I know the topic of trust and what we've learned together in taking this message to individuals and organizations everywhere, I was still captivated by the characters and flow of the narrative—and laughed as I read about Simon's and Sebastian's choices and the consequences of the subsequent actions. Every time I found myself worrying about the message possibly missing an important idea, the authors had anticipated that very point, which would soon manifest itself as the story continued in greater depth. I was pleased-and impressed.

A Slice of Trust depicts the purposeful balance of choice, analysis, emotion, judgment and personal courage required for exercising trust. As you join Simon the Pieman on his adventures in trust, I invite you to reflect on how you have extended trust in your organization, your relationships, your family, your world. After all, the most important story is your story. It's a story that you create every day as you explore opportunities for trust. And it's a story whose telling is brought to life every time you extend your trust to another, one slice at a time.

So, welcome to this conversation on trust down a different- yet parallel-path from The Speed of Trust. As you experience the Speed of Trust in your world, we'd like to hear from you. Tell us your challenges in practicing "Smart Trust." Let us know where your journey is taking you and how we might help you take the next step. Along the way, I am confident that you will discover, as I have, that nothing is as fast as, more inspiring than, more satisfying than, or more filling than a simple slice of trust.


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I read the book in the morning and throughout the day found scenarios in which the written principles applied.
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The only drawback, have a piece of pie around to eat when you finish, you will need it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hootiepatootie on April 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love this! More books should be written this way! It's quick and fun to read and paints such a clear picture of the concept. But don't let the fun fool you, the lesson about trust in the workplace is huge. It is truly the basis of great management and is missed by too many leaders. I trust you will benefit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. H. Wilson on April 9, 2011
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Our organization is licensed to conduct training based on Stephen M.R. Covey's bestselling business book, The Speed of Trust. I know how well-guarded proprietary titles and concepts are. So when this little book came out, advertised as written in parable format, it caught my attention. When I saw that Stephen M.R. Covey himself endorses this book, I bought it.

David Hutchens does an entertaining little parable using a familiar fairy tale character to illustrate the powerful concepts of Covey's Speed of Trust. Easy to read and understand, this little book can serve as an excellent introduction and overview to The Speed of Trust. It doesn't bog the reader down with all the details, yet gets the main ideas across.

It will not, however, replace Covey's bestseller if you want to dive into the content and learn the core attributes and behaviors of trustworthy and trusting leaders.

This was my first encounter with David Hutchens as an author who takes business concepts and lays them out in an easy-to-read-and-understand format. The parable method of writing invites even the busiest people to spend a few minutes as page after page provides key insights and learning.

In this primer on Speed of Trust, the reader will get some ideas on how to extend "smart trust" and build relationships. From business standpoint, Covey says, "Nothing is as fast as the speed of trust." The story illustrates how a simple idea more than doubled business with no added cost! Who can't use THAT these days?

And the reader will also be surprised and laugh a little. I was delighted to read this little story, and get introduced to Hutchens parables. I'm sold on Hutchens as much as I'm sold on Covey's Speed of Trust.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By See-Dub on April 8, 2011
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Here's a fable for these uncertain times. In this quick read, Hutchens and Rellaford have made the importance of trust easy to understand. Leaders in all kinds of organizations can benefit from these ideas. Those in business will certainly find applications, but as a classroom teacher, I can see how this allegory also applies to interactions with students. My only complaint? Je veux maintenant parler français et à manger à tarte. (Pardon my French!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SirKipling on April 2, 2011
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Fables can be powerful if done well. This book was written well. It is simple and yet the concepts are important for any business leader. I read the book in the morning and throughout the day found scenarios in which the written principles applied. I went back later to re-read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By my3sonstn on April 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read A Slice of Trust because I know David and thought it would be interesting to see what he had to say about trust in the business world. Little was I prepared for the impact the book would have on my own interactions with those in my life. While, I might not be in the corporate world, I can tell you everyone should read this book and let it apply to their individual lives. The only drawback, have a piece of pie around to eat when you finish, you will need it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Garnto on April 1, 2011
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A Slice of Trust is a very good book for leaders and those who aspire to leadership. I have read many business and leadership books over the past 20 years and have never laughed out loud. Business books tend to be dry, not so with a Slice of Trust. It combines a simple, entertaining fable with practical insights on trusting that make for a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By snedmar on March 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For those who have been conditioned by the web: we want information concise, engaging, and to the point. This book does that very well for leaders who value their time. Trust is the most critical skill for leaders and employees - Stephen Covey's book, The Speed of Trust established that, and this book serves as a fun side-kick. Beyond teaching the principle of trust, I found myself engaged with the story. Simon the Pieman's french accent is great! lol Illustrations are awesome. You'll spend about 1-2hrs depending on how much you want to get out of this book. There are several excellent reviews towards the end to help engage teams and discuss trust. Beyond just the immediate impact, it can be a great reference too. I know I'll be using the summary reviews at the end to quickly reference principles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry Lyon on March 25, 2011
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This is a great little book with a powerful lesson for life. This book, I am sure is meant pretty much for the business world, but it can be applied in every aspect of your life. From one who started out life putting trust into everyone I encountered, I slowly and harshly learned some really hard lessons that almost had me believing I could trust NO ONE, including myself. But I believe in good, I possess a trusting nature, and I have learned a great deal about trust from this divine little book. It is not only people you can or cannot trust, but also businesses, employers, merchandise, religions and also a whole array of other entities. This book, through its simple little story helps you to see the different levels of trust and helps you to weigh at what level to extend your trust. A valuable lesson!
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