The 10 Laws of Trust


laws-of-trustBook Title:    The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the bonds that make a business grow
Author:  Joel Peterson with David Kaplan
Publisher:  AMACOM
List Price:   US$15.95         Format:  Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication Date:   2016     ISBN: 9780814437452
Reviewer:     Rodger L. Martin
Review Date:   September 2016



From the forward-“The 10 Laws of Trust offers specific trust-building ideas and examples of how integrity, respect, humility, vision and more have helped elevate nimble startups, storied corporations and even sinking giants grasping for a lifeline.”

From my observation – The book does offer dialogue around each of the “10 Laws of
Trust.”  However, I don’t agree that these are “Laws.”  They are all important and relevant concepts for a great work environment.  However, they are not laws in the scientific sense, nor the legal sense.  Although still important and desirable for a healthy workplace, they are more guidelines, objectives, or goals.  But that doesn’t make for a catchy title.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The structure starts with a general overview of Trust, followed by a chapter devoted to each “Law:”

  • Start with Personal Integrity
  • Invest in Respect
  • Empower Others
  • Measure What You Want to Achieve
  • Create a Common Dream
  • Keep all Informed
  • Embrace Respectful Conflict
  • Show Humility
  • Strive for Win-Win Negotiations
  • Proceed with Care

It concludes with a chapter on Restoring Trust.


It’s an easy read of soft skills.  It does contain several references to companies and individuals who either are trustworthy or prominently demonstrated untrustworthiness.  Each “Law” does have several sub-topics that expand on the meaning of that chapter.


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About the Reviewer

Rodger L. Martin, JD, MBA, BSEE, PMP, PMP-ACP

Texas, USA



Rodger L. Martin
has a broad background in business, law, engineering and Project Management, both plan driven and Agile.  He is a retired US Air Force officer with expertise in rockets and National Ranges.  His work experiences include government, military, public corporations, small business consulting and high-tech non-profit organizations.  For the last 15 years, he has worked on Document Management, Knowledge Management and Process Management/Modeling projects for commercial companies.  He acquired his PMP certification in 2007 and his PMP-ACP in 2015.  He is also a certified Mediator.

Email address: [email protected]

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