Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE:FC), a global company specializing in performance improvement, today announced that because of high demand, it will host a second 20-city tour featuring Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything . The first tour in 29 cities, which was held earlier this year, sold out. Covey will make rare appearances at the Franklin Covey community-wide events held in the U.S. and Canada, June 18 through August 14, 2013. Invited to attend are representatives from leading organizations in each city, including business, government, education, civic, community leaders and the media. The cost to attend a live three-and-a-half-hour Franklin Covey community-wide event is $69 per person. Cities and associated dates are listed below. To register, visit http://www.franklincovey.com/trustevents . The 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer revealed that an alarming 85% of the general public in the U.S. do not trust business leaders to tell the truth when confronted with a difficult issue. And, 82% do not trust their government leaders. Covey believes that low trust is a cancer that is spreading across the world and into the global economy. Amidst these alarming statistics, Covey strongly advocates that trust can still be restored. “In today’s low-trust world, trust is the new currency of our global economy.” said Stephen M. R. Covey. “It is the foundational driver for an organization’s sustained success. A loss of trust will not only damage internal and external relationships, it will also dramatically affect the speed at which you can move and the cost of everything. On the other hand, the dividends of high trust are tangible and real and they translate into economic advantage.”
“Most significantly,” Covey said, “trust is a learnable competency, a tangible asset you can get good at creating. This is true for both leaders and organizations. If a company can deliberately create trust as a competency, it will have a stronger competitive edge, grow its market share, and gain and maintain the loyalty of employees, customers, partners and constituents.”Research shows that high-trust organizations return three times the total return to shareholders than organizations with low trust. And, high-trust schools are three-and-one-half times more likely to raise test scores than low-trust schools. On tour, Covey will present the business case for trust and dispel the myth that trust is a soft, social virtue, but a hard-edged economic driver. He will give attendees a greater vision of trust as a measurable, strategic advantage as well as share the behaviors and tools common to all high-trust leaders around the world. He will also teach how to extend “ Smart Trust,” even in environments where risk exists. Stephen M. R. Covey is a sought-after advisor and keynote speaker on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance and has presented at leading conferences in 40 countries, receiving high marks for his style, substance, and the relevance of his insights on trust. He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership-development company in the world. He led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to be one of the two most influential business books of the 20 th century, according to Chief Executive magazine. Stephen M. R. Covey currently leads Franklin Covey’s Global Speed of Trust Practice and has led C-suite level executive sessions on trust for many of the world’s largest companies and Fortune 50, such as AT&T, Procter & Gamble, Intel, Eli Lilly, PepsiCo, General Motors, State Farm, as well as Microsoft, Deloitte, Frito-Lay, Lenovo, and many other industry-leading organizations. Under his direction, Franklin Covey developed a state-of-the-art, multimedia training course, Leading at the Speed of Trust™, which has proven effective in hundreds of top organizations worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.franklincovey.com/trustevents. About Franklin Covey Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is a global company specializing in performance improvement. We help organizations achieve results that require a change in human behavior. Our expertise is in seven areas: leadership, execution, productivity, trust, sales performance, customer loyalty and education. Franklin Covey clients have included 90 percent of the Fortune 100, more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, thousands of small- and mid-sized businesses, as well as numerous government entities and educational institutions. Franklin Covey has more than 40 direct and licensee offices providing professional services in over 140 countries. For more information, visit www.franklincovey.com.