Trust | Teams | Understanding | Curiosity

With vulnerability and creating a place to be human – organizations, teams, and individuals can strengthen and sustain excellence.   Over many years there has been remarkable writings and research on the power of trust.  Trust opens doors.  Trust builds confidence.  Trust strengthens bonds.  Trust produces excellence.  

Pulling from the writings of Patrick Lencioni and Brenee Brown, I have learned volumes about the power of trust.  With undeniable impact trust can heal, pull together, and solve.  In a sharing from Mark Manson, he highlighted 10 questions that can help us recognize \ where we can all do better.  These 10 questions highlight keys to build on our knowledge and focus on vulnerability-based trust.  In reading his post, it was clear to me that the impact is not with the 10 points, rather the questions they raise.  

Predictive trust is simple.  Predictive trust comes with the territory.  Predictive trust is given.  But, vulnerability based trust takes work.  Vulnerability based trust is hard.  Vulnerability based trust requires risk.  Vulnerability based trust is worth it.   Invest the time and consider how you can make a difference and have an impact – consider the 10 questions below and identify and build a climate where vulnerability-based trust can thrive!

Take a few moments, read the statements below, then ask yourself:  “How does this show up for me?  Ask yourself: how have I noticed this show up in others or teams I work with?   Ask yourself: what can I do and what is the impact if I don’t help create an evionment where these behaviors can live?  

These are the simple yet difficult observations and impactful actions.  We, as leaders need to consider the impact we could have?  Consider the influence we could have on helping teams and others succeed?  Consider how much better things could be for everyone?

  1. Can you or your teams reduce the amount of gossip and talking about one another behind their backs?
  2. Do those around you admit when they are wrong, make mistakes and readily apologize?
  3. Are grudges from the past held for long periods of time?
  4. Are teams working to understand and appreciate one another’s work styles and strengths?
  5. Can you easily notice open and frequent information sharing?
  6. How do the teams invest time to learn about each other on a more personal level?
  7. Are the teams frequently seeking ways to share credit with others?
  8. Are the teams acknowledging and celebrating successes of others?
  9. Do you and the organization share openly both failures and successes?
  10. Can you list how your team members provide the benefit of the doubt before jumping to a negative conclusion?

Let’s start a conversation today! What can we all do to build trust with those around us? What a Difference we could make?

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