Soundview Executive Book Summaries

How Professionalism Could Save Our Economy

“When only 17 percent of employees believe their leaders have the organization’s best interests at heart . . . When only 18 percent of Americans trust lawyers completely . . . When the Google search ‘Has U.S. business lost its way?’ yields 150 million hits . . . Something is very, very wrong. Is it any wonder that cynicism is at an all-time high and trust at an all-time low?” Soundview’s summary of The Power of Professionalism

This statement was especially true as Americans recently witnessed the dysfunction of our government and volatility of our markets. How could professionalism have helped? Check out Bill Wiersma’s seven mind-sets of trusted professionals and see if they ring true:

  1. Professionals Have a Bias for Results
  2. Professionals Realize (and Act Like) They’re Part of Something Bigger Than Themselves
  3. Professionals Know Things Get Better When They Get Better
  4. Professionals Have Personal Standards That Often Transcend Organizational Ones
  5. Professionals Know That Personal Integrity Is All They Have
  6. Professionals Aspire to Be Masters of Their Emotions, Not Enslaved By Them
  7. Professionals Aspire to Reveal Value in Others

We have invited Bill Wiersma to join us for our August 16th Soundview Live webinar to learn more about how professionalism can help our businesses and government build trust and increase performance. Please join us and bring your questions. Remember that Soundview subscribers and Corporate Solutions users can register free of charge.

For further reading about the importance of trust, you may also want to check out our summary of The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey.


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