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Stewardship: Lessons Learned

Stewardship: Lessons Learned

Restoring confidence and renewing hope

“If you don’t get core principles right, nothing else matters. Conversely, if you do get them right, everything else falls into place.” 
—John G. Taft, author and CEO of RBC Wealth Management–U.S.

What can we learn from four years of economic malaise and market volatility?

As the leader of a major full-service wealth management firm and former chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, John Taft is uniquely qualified to offer an insider’s perspective on the 2008-2009 crisis. In his book, “Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street,” Taft includes a detailed analysis of the stewardship failure of certain Wall Street firms that caused one of the most difficult periods in our financial lives.

He is also the great-grandson of U.S. President William Taft and grandson of U.S. Congressman and Republican Party leader Robert Taft. Through his family legacy of public service, Taft has an equally unique point-of-view on the critical role that staying true to core principles—like integrity and trust—can play in investor confidence, healthy functioning of markets and economic growth.

This book is helping shape discussion of some of the most important issues of our time. To explore Taft’s thoughts on the subject of stewardship, please watch (external link opens new window) a brief video message from him and read (opens PDF in new window) the complimentary introduction of the new book.

Books are available from Amazon and quality book retailers nationwide. Since service to others is an essential stewardship concept, all proceeds will be donated to charity.

"Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street," by John G. Taft, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (external link opens new window)


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Read the introduction

Taft has a unique point of view—and believes stewardship is essential to solving the most important issues of our time.

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Take a closer look

Explore more of Taft’s ideas on stewardship. Browse additional resources, media coverage, current events and speaking engagements.

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Watch the video