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Who Do You Trust?

April 27, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

It’s a fair question. Think for a moment, who do you trust? Who adds value to your world? Who makes things better?

You probably trust those people that believe in their values and move forward. The great Simon Sinek gave a TED talk about values and leaderships and trust

One of his core messages is that we follow those we trust. If we don’t trust others, then we get lost and feel scared. Trust is there to make us feel safe from danger. One of the most fundamental examples of trust, he used, was the ancients and sleeping at night. If you built a team, you could have other people watch to make sure that you wouldn’t get injured or hurt while you were sleeping to rest.

This fundamental principle of trust and tribal arrangement is such a simplistic version of what goes on today. We see the same things today in our board rooms and office relationships. When we trust each other, we can do more.

Do you trust your boss if you fail? Can your employees trust you if they fail? If they give a good effort and they do something that makes sense but doesn’t work out, will you trust the process and not blame them for the outcome? It’s a tough question, but these are the types of issues we need to deal with as leaders.

We need to make sure that our employees, staff, and our clients trust us. They believe that we can deliver the solutions. They believe we do what’s right. When we start with trust, great things happen. That needs to be communicated and built over time.

Trust isn’t given; it’s earned. Earn the trust of others and your team. Who do you trust and why? How do you get your teams to trust you? What will you do differently in the future? Join us in the comments below and let us know.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Tom Albrighton.


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