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Title:
Trust : twenty ways to build a better country / David Johnston.
ISBN:
9780771047152
Edition:
Hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
[Toronto] : Signal, an imprint of McClelland & Stewart, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, 2018.

©2018
Physical 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.
Abstract:
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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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.


Author Notes

The Right Honourable DAVID JOHNSTON is an eminent Canadian citizen, thinker, advocate, and leader. A graduate of Harvard, Cambridge, and Queen's universities, David served recently as one of Canada's most respected and beloved governors general. He was dean of law at the University of Western Ontario, principal of McGill University, and president of the University of Waterloo. He is the author or co-author of twenty-six books, holds honorary doctorates from over twenty universities, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. Born in Sudbury, Ontario, he is married to Sharon Johnston, and has have five daughters and fourteen grandchildren. He was the first Governor General of Canada to publish a book of non-fiction while in office.


Table of Contents

Foreword by The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlinp. ix
Introduction: An invitation to trustp. 1
Part 1 Make yourself worthy of trust
1 Never manipulatep. 11
2 To thine own self be truep. 19
3 Listen firstp. 27
4 Be consistentp. 35
5 Do the right thing, not just the thing rightp. 43
6 Rise above the written rulesp. 53
7 Find some faithp. 63
8 Follow the Golden Rulep. 69
Part 2 Build trust around you
9 Show up, not offp. 81
10 Act in the first-person pluralp. 91
11 Be a barn-raiserp. 101
12 Know there is more than one right wayp. 111
13 Tell everyone the planp. 119
14 Depend on those around youp. 127
Part 3 Create a trustworthy and trusted country
15 Recognize a present perilp. 143
16 Invite others to dancep. 159
17 Apologizep. 169
18 Honour our teachersp. 181
19 Be a knowledge diplomatp. 191
20 Start nowp. 203
Acknowledgementsp. 217
About the authorp. 221