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Trust is in your hands

Trust is half mindset, half skillset

Trust skills – the actions and behaviors that build trust – can be learned. But building trust can’t be reduced to behaviors alone. Our actions are manifestations of our mindset: the beliefs and values we carry inside ourselves and live by. When you truly adopt a trust mindset, then actions that naturally follow almost always lead to exceptional levels of trust.

Trust is rational

Some aspects of trust, like credibility and reliability, exist largely in the rational, logical realm. They are observable, and often measurable. We can evaluate our relationships and our trustworthiness, designing and executing strategies that build trust, much of which is simple, but not always easy.

Trust is emotional

The most powerful components of trust reside in the non-rational realm. Aspects of trust like intimacy, self-orientation and risk-taking, while ambiguous and difficult to measure, are vital to the integrity of our business relationships.

How trustworthy are you?

Take our Trust Quotient Survey

The “TQ” has been taken by over 100,000 people to date, and thoroughly tested since 2010. The Trust Quotient allows you to put a value on trustworthiness—but even more importantly, to understand the variables that impact your own trustworthiness.

Trust, like tango, takes two

In any trusting relationship, there is the one who takes the risk to trust and the one who proves themselves trustworthy.

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Trust requires that each of us play both roles, trading places as the needs of the moment require.

Trust doesn't take time. It takes courage

While it’s true that many of our most intimate personal relationships have taken years to build, trust, especially in a professional setting, can develop far more quickly.

Trust happens in the moments that matter, usually when the trustor takes a risk and leans into trust. In this way, trust requires courage and initiative more than the passage of time.

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We wrote the book on trust — literally.

Our books have become the gold standard for organizations worldwide looking to lead with trust.

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The Trusted Advisor

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 one's discipline is not enough, assert world-renowned professional advisors David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford.

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The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook

Your success as a leader depends on your stakeholders' trust. In this hands-on companion to the bestselling The Trusted Advisor, you'll find actionable tools, exercises, and resources for the situations that any leader inevitably encounters. Put them to work, and you'll earn trust quickly, consistently, and sustainably—in business and in life.

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Trust-Based Selling

Trust-Based Selling shows how trust between buyer and seller is created and explains how both sides benefit from it. Heavy with practical examples and suggestions, the book reveals why trust goes hand-in-hand with profit; how trust differentiates you from other sellers; and how to create trust in negotiations, closings, and when answering the six toughest sales questions.