Start reading Smart Trust on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World [Kindle Edition]

Stephen M.R. Covey , Greg Link , Rebecca R. Merrill
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $16.99
Kindle Price: $11.02
You Save: $5.97 (35%)
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $11.02  
Hardcover $18.54  
Paperback $12.68  
Audible Audio Edition, Abridged $0.00 Free with your Audible trial
Audio, CD, Abridged, Audiobook $13.11  
Kindle Delivers
Kindle Delivers
Subscribe to the Kindle Delivers monthly e-mail to find out about each month's Kindle book deals, new releases, editors' picks and more. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

After illustrating the global relevance of trust with his book The Speed of Trust by selling more than one million copies in twenty-two languages, Stephen M.R. Covey again illuminates the hidden power of trust to change lives and impact organizations in Smart Trust. In a compelling and readable style, he and long-time business partner Greg Link share enlightening principles and anecdotes of people and organizations that are not only achieving unprecedented prosperity from high-trust relationships and cultures but—even more inspiring—also attaining elevated levels of energy and joy.

Find out why trusted people are more likely to get hired or promoted, get the best projects and bigger budgets, and are last to be laid off. This sea-changing book will forever shift your perspective as it reveals and validates, once and for all, the transformational power of trust. Reading Smart Trust will increase your probability of thriving in this increasingly unpredictable marketplace. The more unpredictable it becomes, the more your (and your organization’s) sound judgment and ability to trust in this low-trust world will give you a tremendous competitive advantage—and the capacity to navigate the uncertainty low trust creates.


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Stephen M.R. Covey is cofounder and CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide. A Harvard MBA, he is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which under his stewardship became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2437 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4KX14
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This book is a spin off from a chapter from the authors' previous book, Speed of Trust, which is far better written. More practical and insightful with the 13 Behaviors of trust-building laid out in the book. This book is kind of conceptual and filled up with many rhetorics, like trust enhances prosperity, energy, and joy, etc. Sound very idealistic in a low trust world these days. This new book only repeats the key messages from the previous book, and keeps on stating the obvious--trust with care and wisdom. Sometimes self-help authors have a tendency to state simple facts or truths in complicated ways, using a lot of jargons.

Principle-centred, emotional bank account, speed of trust, etc....

Jargons after jargons, they are stating the same thing over and over again with so called new examples. Underneath, the same old messages! Got a lot fed up by self-help books these days. Quantity versus quality!

Try "The Trusted Advisor" and "Practice What You Preach" by ex-Harvard Business School professor and seasoned consultant , David H. Maister too. Those books have far more practical ideas and skills to offer in the trust-building areas in human and client relations.

Or try "The Science of Trust" and "Relationship Cure" in family relationship and marriage by Dr. John Gottman, both have solid research to back up and not just common sensical stuff made complicated like "Smart Trust".

I trust that the authors of "Smart Trust" have good intention, but this new book and the audio book edition that I have just listened to only just don't deliver a lot of new insights and inspirations that I long for from their new book.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is Both Amazing and Important January 10, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book is both amazing and important. It's amazing because it thoughtfully analyzes the most critical issue of our time - trust - and does so in a way that's easily digested and understood. It's important because exercising the practices it espouses can produce profoundly positive outcomes.

Trust is the glue that holds together nations, organizations, families, and every good relationship on earth. Most of us already know that. What many people haven't yet discovered is the principle-centered framework that enables "smart trust" - balancing risk with opportunity, competence with character.

This powerful book by Stephen M.R. Covey and Greg Link gets to the heart of what can make trust work to everyone's advantage. They show how to cut through the traditional trust or distrust dichotomy. Covey and Link give us a handy set of trust lenses through which we can realistically envision a whole new world of possibility in our current and potential relationships.

As I coach leaders in a wide range of organizations, I'm frequently asked "Should I lead with my head or with my heart?" My answer is always the same: "Yes. Both." The most effective leaders - corporate executives, politicians, educators, clergy, parents, etc. - resist the head or heart quandary. They balance caution with optimism, analysis with empathy. They are neither gullible nor overly rigid. They exercise Smart Trust.

Covey and Link elaborate on five specific actions that produce Smart Trust:
1. Choose to Believe in Trust
2. Start With Self
3. Declare Your Intent ... and Assume Positive Intent in Others
4. Do What You Say You're Going to Do
5. Lead Out in Extending Trust to Others

The authors don't merely throw out platitudes. They provide plenty of compelling evidence in the form of case studies from the real world. They demonstrate that Smart Trust is not only achievable, it's - well, it's Smart.
Was this review helpful to you?
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't distrust, trust smart January 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you end up at the end of your life trusting no one, you may end up safe (from hurt or disappointment), but you will end up very sorry. The answer after you have trusted people and been let down, hurt or disappointed is not to stop trusting, but to trust smartly. In this wonderful follow up to their book The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything , Covey and Link have provided a no nonsense, straight forward road map about how to trust smartly.

The key to trusting more smartly is by doing what Covey and Link call a Smart Trust analysis which involves three variables:

1. Opportunity (the situation - what you're trusting someone with)
2. Risk (the level of risk involved)
3. Credibility (the character and competence of the people involved)

1. Opportunity - This is simply answering for yourself, "I am trusting this person to/with/for ________________." Are you trusting them to give you money, do a job, follow through on something they promised, or to keep something in confidence?
2. Risk - Trusting anyone or anything always involves some risk. To evaluate the degree of risk answer the question: a) What are the possible outcomes? So if someone said they'd give you money the outcomes may be: they will, they won't, they'll delay in giving you it beyond what they promised, they'll pay you less than they promised; b) What is the likelihood of the outcomes? Reasonable is not the same as realistic. Reasonable means, everything makes sense or what someone told you seems reasonable. Realistic means what is likely to happen.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book.
Published 12 days ago by Rabecca Walls
1.0 out of 5 stars Fairy dust for capitalism
Stupid naive joke of a book based on some idiotic fantasy of trusting people in business. It will not be happening in this world at any time ever. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Remo "Uzi" Gwaldabi
4.0 out of 5 stars ... sensible follow-up to the first book and has some good points....
This is a sensible follow-up to the first book and has some good points. These points could have been made more succinctly. For me it was worth the purchase none the less.
Published 4 months ago by R. K. Crookston
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy!
This book is a must buy for anyone who is looking to better themselves, solve business & personal issues with people that maybe less than desirable to work with. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Published 9 months ago by Paula Rollinger
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Speed of Trust" is better
Love the ideas and principles presented.

Since we're making recommendations, by favorite is "The Great Workplace" built on the Great Place to Work's principles of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marco
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
I read this book for three reasons. First, I enjoy and learn from reading in the leadership/management development popular literature. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jason Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchase review
The books arrived on time and was just what I ordered. I ordered this item for my boss. He had no complaints so I assume they were great.
Published 14 months ago by Dondee Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quick!
I haven't gotten a chance to listen to the CD yet, but the shipping was outstanding! It arrived quicker than I expected. Read more
Published 18 months ago by yolanda polk
4.0 out of 5 stars Speaks the truth!
Now here is a product that for the sheer fact that it has no electronic or mechanical parts, it will last a very long time! Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service!
The book came must sooner than I expected and was in great shape. Thanks so much for the great servie!
Published 20 months ago by Debra L. Chotkevys
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Forums

Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for Similar Items by Category