Stephen Covey’s “Smart Trust” Matrix

We’re back with another blog, although it’s been a long time making personal development blogs! Much apologies, but here’s an excellent Matrix, along with my explanation, in the podcast down below.

Learning how to extend “Smart Trust” is a function of two factors — propensity to trust and analysis — which are juxtaposed on the matrix.

“Propensity to Trust” is primarily a matter of the heart. It’s the tendency, inclination, or predisposition to believe that people are worth of trust and a desire to extend it to them freely.

The degree to which you have this tendency may be due to your inherent personality, to the way important people in your life have (or have not) trusted you, or to your own experience (good or bad) in trusting others — or, most likely, to a combination of these factors.

“Analysis” is primarily a matter of the mind. It’s the ability to analyze, evaluate, theorize, consider implications and possibilities, and come up with logical decisions and solutions. Again, the degree to which you have “strong analysis” may be due to a variety or combination of factors, including your natural gifts or abilities, your education and the way you think, your style, and/or your life experience.

As you think about these two factors — propensity to trust and analysis — how would you rate yourself on each? Do you typically tend to trust people easily, or do you tend to be suspicious and hold things close? Do you tend to analyze, theorize, and ponder over thing — or do you give problems your cursory attention and then move on?

To what degree do you think your present tendencies add to or reduce your ability to extend “Smart Trust?”

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