Friday, January 05, 2007

One of my Christmas gifts was an excellent book by Stephen R. Covey, The Speed of Trust, The One Thing That Changes Everything.

Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and other good books (Richard recently died of a heart attack at the age of 45) said of Covey’s book, “I am happier when I am trusted, and I bet you are too. Covey has done a masterful job teaching that trust is conditioned on our behavior and that we can consciously shift our behavior to deserve trust. That one realization can change your life.”

All of us, especially leaders, need to read this book.

In a long distance phone call last night, a friend and former elder of the church told me that the problems they were having at the congregation he attends have come because the members have lost trust in the elders.

This is sad but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Let’s all work harder to build trust; it is the one thing that changes everything.