The Trusted Advisor Paperback – Oct 9 2001
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David Maister, Charles Green, and Robert Galford--consultants on professional-service management and customer-relation issues--believe nobody can become successful as a business guru until they first gain the confidence of their clients. In The Trusted Advisor, the authors effectively build their case through anecdote and illustration, then relay a solid series of relevant suggestions applicable to both would-be consultants and those already active in the field. Among their most potent suggestions is a practical, five-step development process that encourages outsiders to engage clients by focusing attention on the issues and individuals at hand; listening both to what they say and what they leave unsaid; framing the immediate problem from their perspective; envisioning with them how a solution might appear; and committing jointly to the actions and resources that will bring it about. Also particularly useful is the examination of trust-building during four phases of a client-advisor alliance: at the time the relationship is consummated; during the assignment; after the assignment; and when "cross-selling," or establishing affiliations with the customer's associates. Boosting its utility, the book is filled with concise, easily adopted tips like "return phone calls unbelievably fast" and "always tell the truth and not what the client wants to hear." --Howard Rothman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Carl Stern CEO, Boston Consulting Group An invaluable road map to all those who seek to develop truly special relationships with their clients.
Tom Peters author of The Professional Service 50 This is a brilliant -- and practical -- book. In our "world gone mad," trust is, paradoxically, more important than ever.
William F. Stasior senior chairman and former CEO, Booz-Allen & Hamilton This book is engaging, enjoyable, and absolutely on target. It is packed with truth. The Trusted Advisor will guide success not just in the advisory professions but in leadership and life as well.
Professor Charles Fombrun Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University The Trusted Advisor gets to the heart and soul of the advice business. This path-breaking book is a must-read.
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This book takes the reader through the entire process of moving from "Subject Matter Expert" to Trusted Advisor. It accurately describes the benefits of this role for any professional rendering services. This might help one to justify training in this area to one's superiors.
I was continually impressed with the how the book dealt with the topic of honesty. Clearly we all strive to be trustworthy, however when that alone is the goal one might be prone to dishonesty to create an illusion for the client to trust. I felt this book gave real guidance on how to proceed, without having to walk a fine line.
I find this book to be of most value to an experienced professional/consultant, looking to hone an skill. It is of less value (but certainly some value) to new-comer to these types of skills. A better book for a new-comer would be "Managing the Professional Services Firm" by David Maister. That said, this book is worth much more than ~[price], buy it.
What would be the benefits if your clients trusted you more?
What do great trusted advisors all seem to do?
What are the dynamics of trusting and being trusted?
How do you ensure that your advice is listened to?
What are the principles of building strong relationships?
What attitudes must you have to be effective?
Do you really have to care for those you advise?
In the final chapter, the authors include "The Quick-Impact List to Gain Trust" and then an Appendix in which they duplicate all of the checklists previously provided. I rate this book so highly for twqo reasons: First, because the content is rock-solid, anchored in a wealth of real-world experiences which the authors generously share; also because they explain HOW to gain and then sustain the trust of everyone with whom you do business.Read more ›
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This book came highly recommended to me by a work colleague, so highly in fact that I bought a copy for myself and a second copy as a gift item. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2012 by Michael Shortt
Book is in excellent condition as promised.The book was delivered just in time to meet the promised delivery time frame. Overall, I am satisfied with the transaction.Published on Oct. 15 2011 by Thanku
The book arrived in a brand new condition and as per my expectation. It is a very good book for those who are considering consulting as their career path.Published on Oct. 16 2010 by Parth
I found this book too broad, although it gives some examples, and tries to use some formulas to figure out how much your client trust you, nothing scientificly proven. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003 by Fodil Laoudi
An experienced colleague recommended this book to me at a conference. The title simply does not do this book justice but I bought it anyway. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003 by Chip Doyle, Sandler Sales Institute
The application of this text is not specific to traditional "advice and counsel" roles, such as: attorney, process consultant, change agent, personal advisor, etc. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2001 by Michael H. Esnes
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