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The 10 Laws of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey, David A. Kaplan, Joel Peterson

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PROCEED WITH CARE

ALL THREE KINDS OF relationships to which we apply the word trust can result in betrayal. Reciprocal trust can end in divorce or the breakup of an interdependent partnership. Representative trust can suffer breaches of fiduciary duty in which a trusted professional takes advantage of superior knowledge or training. And by the nature of pseudo-trust, betrayal lies in wait when circumstances change, rendering it only a convenient substitute for real trust.

So there are ample reasons to be aware of the pitfalls of trust. But if one grants trust only after carefully evaluating Character, Competence, and Authority, betrayal is less likely. This evaluation results in knowing whom to trust—or, stated differently, trust that’s ...

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