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Trust : twenty ways to build a better country

Author: David Johnston
Publisher: [Toronto] : Signal, an imprint of McClelland & Stewart, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Canada's enduring success has been based on trust--trust in each other; in our businesses, organizations, and markets; and in our public institutions and the officials who run them. David Johnston--reflecting on seven decades of personal experiences including seven years as Governor General--identifies the 20 ways we can make ourselves, our organizations, and our institutions even more worthy of trust, and in doing  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Johnston
ISBN: 9780771047152 0771047150
OCLC Number: 1057232244
Description: x, 218 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreward by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin --
Introduction: An invitation to trust --
Part 1: Make yourself worthy of trust. Never manipulate --
To thine own self be true --
Listen first --
Be consistent --
Do the right thing, not just the thing right --
Rise above the written rules --
Find some faith --
Follow the golden rule --
Part 2: Build trust around you. Show up, not off --
Act in the first-person plural --
Be a barn-raiser --
Know there is more than one right way --
Tell everyone the plan --
Depend on those around you --
Part 3: Create a trustworthy and trusted country. Recognize a present peril --
Invite others to dance --
Apologize --
Honour our teachers --
Be a knowledge diplomat --
Start now --
Acknowledgements --
About the author.
Responsibility: David Johnston.

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Canada's enduring success has been based on trust--trust in each other; in our businesses, organizations, and markets; and in our public institutions and the officials who run them. David Johnston--reflecting on seven decades of personal experiences including seven years as Governor General--identifies the 20 ways we can make ourselves, our organizations, and our institutions even more worthy of trust, and in doing so build a better Canada for coming generations and the world. This new book is in part a follow-up to The Idea of Canada, in that the author draws upon his own remarkable experience to illustrate where his strong convictions have come from. In this book, however, Johnston strikes notes that are more universally applicable than those in any of this earlier works. First, he speaks directly to the reader, offering practical advice about the attitudes, approaches, and habits that make a person trustworthy. Second, he offers compelling evidence that enduring community trust can be built with similarly simple techniques. Third, by drawing examples from Canadian and international experience, he shows how a whole nation can become trustworthy and, ultimately, trusted by its citizens, allies, trading partners and other societies. In short, Trust is a much needed manual for the repair of the one social quality on which all others are based.

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