Trust in the Balance: Building Successful Organizations on Results, Integrity, and Concern

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Under today's stressful, rapidly shifting conditions, trust is more elusive--and more essential--than ever. A solid foundation of trust best enables high-performance companies and teams to adapt to changing circumstances and to deliver hard business results.Using examples from Hewlett-Packard, AlliedSignal, Motorola, GE, and Continental, consultant Robert Bruce Shaw explains why trust is a critical business issue for leaders, illustrates how it is won or lost, and details pragmatic action steps for building and ...
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Overview

Under today's stressful, rapidly shifting conditions, trust is more elusive--and more essential--than ever. A solid foundation of trust best enables high-performance companies and teams to adapt to changing circumstances and to deliver hard business results.Using examples from Hewlett-Packard, AlliedSignal, Motorola, GE, and Continental, consultant Robert Bruce Shaw explains why trust is a critical business issue for leaders, illustrates how it is won or lost, and details pragmatic action steps for building and sustaining trust across the organization.
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"I believe there's no neutrality in business (for example, you're either gaining market share or losing it). Likewise, your business success is either enhanced by trust or held back by distrust. Robert Shaw gives conviction and advice to the leader who recognizes that trust becomes a performance multiplier only when the leader is prepared to go first." --Craig E. Weatherup, CEO, Pepsi-Cola Company

"Trust in the Balance is an absorbing discussion of our desperate need to attAnd to the human necessity to feel safe within and without organizations. Shaw has produced an extremely readable and practical guide to paving a trail of trust into the twenty-first century." --Jim Kouzes, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge and Credibility, and chairman and CEO, TPG/Learning Systems

"The relationship between organization effectiveness and organization climate is a major issue for leaders and culture setters. Robert Shaw has pinpointed the essential linchpin--trust. His practical yet profound guide on how to develop and maintain a high-trust organization will be a welcome addition to any manager's bookshelf." --Richard Beckhard , coeditor, The Organization of the Future, and principal, Beckhard Associates

"Trust is a critical component in managing change and executing strategy, both so necessary to driving bottom-line results. The dilemma for managers at all levels is that when we need more trust in our organizations to achieve our goals, we are experiencing a loss of trust. Trust in the Balance is a must-read for managers and leaders who want to better understand how to build trust in their organizations and achieve a stronger bottom-line performance." --Eileen Kraus, chairman, Fleet Bank Connecticut

Mary Molinaro
This book should be on the must-read list for any leader who is contemplating reorganization, downsizing, or a move to shared leadership.
Cause/Effect Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787902865
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/25/1997
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Business and Management Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,019,744
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT BRUCE SHAW is a co-author of Organizational Architecture and Discontinuous Change and principal of Princeton Management Consulting Group. He lives in Washington Crossing, NJ.
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Table of Contents

Part One: Trust: A Foundation for Organizational Success.

1. The Power of Trust in a Changing World.

2. Defining Trust: The Basics.

Part Two: The Imperatives of Trust: Results, Integrity, Concern.

3. Achieving Business Results.

4. Acting With Integrity.

5. Demonstrating Concern.

Part Three: Creating Trust-Based Organizations.

6. Building Trust Through Leadership.

7. Building Trust Through Organizational Structure.

8. Building Trust Through Organizational Culture.

Part Four: Trust Lost, Trust Regained.

9. Managing the Dilemmas of Trust.

10. Regaining Lost Trust.

11. Sustaining Trust into the Future.

Trust -- Building Resources.

Resource One: Organization Assessment Summary

Resource Two: Leadership Assessment Survey.

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