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Book Review: The Speed of Trust

I finally finished up reading the Speed of Trust and have to say I struggled with it. I'm a big believer in trust, it's an incredibly powerful tool (much like The Force!) that takes a lot of effort to earn, and interestingly, very little effort to lose. The book does talk about trust, but to me it covered more ground than just trust - call it side affects of trust, that while interesting (and you may find valuable), just didn't seem to resonate with me. I think it felt like I got something different than I expected, and hard to blame that on the author.

If you've never thought about how trust impacts your life it's worth taking a break to do so. I'd argue that in most cases trust is often more valued than raw skills, and trust reduces anxiety in all situations - and the lack of trust, well, that's enough to cause stress all by itself.  I've never found being trustworthy to be all that difficult, just a matter of deciding that your word matters on things large and small.

Get the book if you want to explore the variations of trust, but if you've already adopted a philosophy of trust you may not find it useful.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Steve Jones on 24 April 2009

Interesting. I got the sample for the Kindle, but there were so many ads, testimonials, etc, that I didn't pursue it further.

If you liked it, I might have to rethink

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