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Are you working in an environment of trust?

Whether you are looking to deliver an important project, achieve your annual objectives, or considering a new opportunity, a vital ingredient to support the above is to have an environment of trust.

Having such an environment allows you / your team / your peers to focus your energy and attention on the job in hand. You don’t have to ‘be on your guard’ in case someone uses something you do or say against you.

When there is an absence of trust, you will often observe more competition between individuals / teams / departments. People dread going to meetings as they often feel they are attending a ‘beat up session’ instead of a meeting where help and support can be provided which would result in the wider community / business achieving their objectives.

Another area that is particularly problematic when there is a lack of trust, is where people tend to hide things… potential flaws in workmanship / design / quality / delivery / _____________ (add your own), which can have longer term detrimental effects on individuals, teams, the business.

‘Silos’ are created, individual ego’s are bruised and they often feel the need to protect themselves from getting hurt. Healthy debate is often avoided, instead people start to  ‘wait to be told what to do’, morale crumbles, staff turnover increases, output reduces and work often becomes quite a depressing environment to be in.

So, if you aren’t working in a trusting and supportive environment, then YOU can do something about it – that does not necessarily mean you need to leave.

  • You can choose to create your own trusting and supportive environment for those that are in your own team, so that you can help others to grow.
    • This might not be your longer term plan, but, it does mean that the environment in which you are working can become more positive and supportive whilst you are there, because YOU are helping to create that.
  • If you do not have a team, you can choose to create your own trusting and supportive environment for those that you work with, so that you can grow and you can help others to grow too.

Take every opportunity and situation as a lesson to learn and grow. This allows you a freedom to look at situations from a different perspective, which in turn also enables you to create a working environment around yourself that is an environment of trust.

Ways to build a trusting environment:

1. Be honest
2. Be reliable
3. Take action
4. Trust yourself

Stephen M.R. Covey, The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything states “Trust is equal parts character and competence… You can look at any leadership failure, and it’s always a failure of one or the other.”

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