The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great

Joel Peterson

AMACOM,  May 2016

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Trust is the glue that holds an organization together. It turns deflection into transparency, suspicion into empowerment, and conflict into creativity. With it, a tiny company like John Deere grew into a worldwide leader. Without it, a giant corporation like Enron toppled. In The 10 Laws of Trust, JetBlue chairman Joel Peterson explores how a culture of trust gives companies an edge. Consider this: What does it feel like to work for a firm where leaders and colleagues trust one another? Freed from micromanagement and rivalry, every employee contributes his or her best. Risk taking and innovation become the norm. And, as Peterson notes, "When a company has a reputation for fair dealing, its costs drop: Trust cuts the time spent second-guessing and lawyering." In clear, engaging prose, highlighted by compelling examples, Peterson details how to establish and maintain a culture of trust. Steps include:

  • Start with integrity
  • Invest in respect
  • Empower everyone
  • Require accountability
  • Create a winning vision
  • Keep everyone informed
  • Budget in line with expectations
  • Embrace conflict
  • Forget "you" to become an effective leader
  • And more

With this book in hand, you'll be able to plant the seeds of trust—and reap the rewards of reputation, profits, and success.

Hardcover | ISBN: 9780814437452 | Publication Date: May 2016

Reviews:

With this book in hand, you'll be able to plant the seeds of trust—and reap the rewards of reputation, profits, and success.

"Trust is the essential enabler for truly great teams — and no one understands, practices, or explains it like Joel Peterson. Where a great book makes complex ideas seem simple, 10 Laws captures the essence of trust and provides a clear pathway for those willing to nurture it. Simultaneously educational and uplifting — it's a book to be savored." — General (Retired) Stanley McChrystal, author of the New York Times bestseller Team of Teams

"In Silicon Valley and beyond, people listen to Joel Peterson's calm, thoughtful advice because he's so well-trusted. In this book he shares his hard-won wisdom on how you can be too." — Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz

"Joel Peterson's simple, lucid book is a blueprint for building a culture of trust, creativity and high morale at a time when all three are desperately needed." — Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post Media Group

"To earn trust, you have to show trust, and Joel Peterson teaches us how. Trust me: this insightful, fast read is well worth your time." — Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

"An important book on an amazingly important topic. Trust is so often treated implicitly and not discussed, when there are few things more leveraged for treating explicitly and discussing—Joel's book opens the door for that next level of practice, for individuals and organizations." — Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita HealthCare Partners

"The 10 Laws of Trust reminded me how vital and intuitive building trust is to our success as leaders. All present and future leaders need to place this book on their must-read list, as it clearly delineates the most important behaviors we need to not only 'speak to,' but 'act to' in order to insure both our own success and that of our organizations." — Ann Rhoades, former Head of People at Southwest Airlines, author of Built on Values, and founder of People Ink