The Trusted Advisor [NOOK Book]

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In today's fast-paced networked economy, professionals must work harder than ever to maintain and improve their business skills and knowledge. But technical mastery of your discipline is not enough, assert world-renowned professional advisors David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford. The key to professional success, they argue, is the ability to earn the trust and confidence of clients. The creation of trust is what earns the right to influence clients; trust is also at the root of client ...
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In today's fast-paced networked economy, professionals must work harder than ever to maintain and improve their business skills and knowledge. But technical mastery of your discipline is not enough, assert world-renowned professional advisors David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford. The key to professional success, they argue, is the ability to earn the trust and confidence of clients. The creation of trust is what earns the right to influence clients; trust is also at the root of client satisfaction and loyalty. The workings of trust are even more critical in the new economy than in the old.
Maister, Green, and Galford enrich our understanding of trust -- yet they have also written a deeply practical book. Using their model of "The Trust Equation," they dissect the rational and emotional components of trustworthiness. With precision and clarity, they detail five distinct steps you must take to create a trust-based relationship. Each step -- engage, listen, frame, envision, and commit -- is richly described in distinct chapters. The book is peppered with pragmatic "top ten" lists aimed at improving advisors' effectiveness that can be put to use instantly. It also includes a trust self-diagnostic in the appendix.
This immensely readable book will be welcomed by the inexperienced advisor and the most seasoned expert alike. The authors use anecdotes, experiences, and examples -- successes and mistakes, their own and others' -- to great effect. Though they use the professional services advisor/client paradigm throughout the book, their prescriptions have resonance for other trust-reliant situations -- selling, customer relationship management, and internal staff functions like HR and information technology.
The result is a tour de force -- brilliant, penetrating, unique. It is essential reading for anyone who must advise, negotiate, or manage complex relationships with others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743205443
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 10/9/2001
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 145,910
  • File size: 578 KB

Meet the Author

Charles H. Green is an executive educator and business strategy consultant to the professional services industry. Charlie has taught in executive education programs for the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and for Columbia University Graduate School of Business, as well as independently through his firm, Trusted Advisor Associates. His current work centers on the nature of trust-based relationships within organizations, and on the management of professional service firms.
Charlie is a graduate of Columbia and of the Harvard Business School. He spent the first twenty years of his career with The MAC Group and its successor, Gemini Consulting, where his roles included strategy consulting (in Europe and the United States), VP Strategic Planning, and a variety of other firm leadership roles. He is the author of numerous papers, with articles published in the Harvard Business Review and Management Horizons. He is president of Trusted Advisor Associates, which he founded with Rob Galford. He resides in Morristown, New Jersey. He may be reached at:
Tel: 973-898-1579
E-mail: cgreen@trustedadvisor.com
Web site: www.trustedadvisor.com
Robert M. Galford is currently a Managing Partner of the Center for Executive Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was formerly the executive vice president and chief people officer of Digitas, Inc., a leading Internet professional services firm with over 1,400 employees. He taught for many years on executive programs at the Columbia Graduate School of Business and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, in addition to consulting to professional services firms, technology companies, and financial institutions.
Rob has lived and worked in both Western Europe and North America as a vice president of The MAC Group and its successor firm, Gemini Consulting. He has practiced law with the international firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt&Mosle in New York and Washington, and has also worked in investment management for Citicorp.
Rob's writing and commentaries on management have been published in the Boston Globe and he is a three-time contributor to the Harvard Business Review. He currently sits on the boards of directors of Forrester Research, Inc., and Access Data Corporation. He also hosts the business video Talk About Change! with the popular cartoon character Dilbert.
His educational background includes Liceo Segre, Turin, Italy; a B.A. in economics and Italian literature from Haverford College; an M.B.A. from Harvard; and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an associate editor of The Tax Lawyer. Rob lives with his family in Concord, Massachusetts. He may be reached at:
E-mail: rgalford@tiac.net
David H. Maister, one of the world's leading authorities on the management of professional service firms, is the author of several successful books, including Managing the Professional Service Firm, True Professionalism, and Practice What You Preach, and coauthor of The Trusted Advisor.
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Table of Contents


Contents

Introduction

How to Use This Book

Part One: Perspectives on Trust

  1. A Sneak Preview

    What would be the benefits if your clients trusted you more?

    What are the primary characteristics of a trusted advisor?

  2. What Is a Trusted Advisor?

    What do great trusted advisors all seem to do?

  3. Earning Trust

    What are the dynamics of trusting and being trusted?

  4. How to Give Advice

    How do you ensure your advice is listened to?

  5. The Rules of Romance: Relationship Building

    What are the principles of building strong relationships?

  6. The Importance of Mindsets

    What attitudes must you have to be effective?

  7. Sincerity or Technique?

    Do you really have to care for those you advise?

Part Two: The Structure of Trust Building
  1. The Trust Equation

    What are the four key components that determine the extent of trust?

  2. The Development of Trust

    What are the five stages of trust-building?

  3. Engagement

    How do you get clients to initiate discussions with you?

  4. The Art of Listening

    How can you improve your listening skills?

  5. Framing the Issue

    How can you help clients look at their issues in a fresh way?

  6. Envisioning an Alternate Reality

    How can you help clients clarify what they're really after?

  7. Commitment

    How do you ensure clients are willing to do what it takes to solve their problems?

Part Three: Putting Trust to Work
  1. What's So Hard About All This?

    Why are truly trust-based relationships so scarce?

  2. Differing Client Types

    How do you deal with clients of differing types?

  3. The Lieutenant Columbo Approach

    What can we learn from an unorthodox winner?

  4. The Role of Trust in Getting Hired

    How do you create trust at the outset of a relationship?

  5. Building Trust on the Current Assignment

    How can you conduct your assignment in a way that adds to trust?

  6. Re-earning Trust Away from the Current Assignment

    How can you build trust when you're not working on an assignment?

  7. The Case of Cross-Selling

    Why is cross-selling so hard, and what can be done about it?

  8. The Quick-Impact List to Gain Trust

    What are the key things you should do first?

Appendix: A Compilation of Our Lists

A comprehensive summary and list of concepts, insights, tips, and tactics.

Acknowledgments

Notes and References

Index

About the Authors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Excellent guide for any consultant

    This book was recommended to me by two expert ad men and negotiators, so I thought I'd see what it was all about. The book is an easy read and walks through the dynamics of the advisor-client relationship, how to strengthen it, and how to damage it. If you're a seasonsed consultant yourself, it will probably sound familiar, but if you're just getting started, it's full of invaluable guidance.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    Excellent reference book

    The "Trusted Advisor" is an excellent book on how to achieve the "Trusted Advisor" status at your client. Very good examples illustrate the key ingredients to this professioanl designation at your clients site and explain the differences in how clients look at consultants or other service providers. I have recommend this book to many of my consulting friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2006

    Clear directions on creating trust

    Being trusted by their clients separates successful advisors and consultants from the corporate consigliores. But how does a qualified advisor become trusted? Authors David H. Maister, Charles H. Green and Robert M. Galford provide methods you can use to reach the inner circle. They break trust into its component parts and reassemble those pieces into a viable, practical model, complete with suggested conversations. That may sound a little robotic, but with practice, an advisor can make the transition from outside technician to habitué of the inner sanctum. This readable book includes a useful appendix and a list of quick references. We recommend it to consultants and professional service providers. We trust you¿ll know what to do with it.

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