Trust

Building Relationships

We’ve all been busy…really busy. And many times we get so caught up in saving a minute here, or an hour there, that we lose many of the qualities that make life worth living — particularly the quality and joy that others can bring to our lives.

Success in business or in your personal life can become meaningless if there is no one available to share the fruits of that success. Therefore, setting aside time for building relationships with others is very important.

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Trust Begins With You!

Many businesses today are beginning to understand the value of trust within their environment, and the impact it has on their culture. The impact of an environment of trust is based on our ability to believe in the honesty, integrity, and reliability of others.  To successfully support those beliefs, we must first begin with ourselves.

There seems to be a common undertone these days of, “If everyone were more like me, there wouldn’t be any problems.”  This mentality can drive personal and hidden agendas resulting in an overall reduction in productivity, morale, and satisfaction. It takes too much energy to maintain this stance and endure the consequence.

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Do it Yourself! – Overcoming Micromanagement

At some point, all of us have either heard or said the phrase, “It’s just easier to do it myself.” The reason this expression has been able to withstand the test of time is that it’s right! It is true that doing something well is easier than teaching someone else to do it. And by the time we teach a person to learn a task, we could have already done it.

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What the Heck?!

Let’s face it – on a daily basis, someone will do something you don’t like. Whether it’s cutting you off in traffic, not replying to an email within your timeframe, or not following a specific process…it will happen. And when it does, what’s your first thought?

I know…It depends. I hate that response, though it may be true. Let’s talk about when someone cuts you off in traffic. Do you yell at the person? Shake your fist? Or something more drastic? Do you ever think, “What the heck?! Learn how to drive!”

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10 Ways to Reduce Trust

Trust is overrated – we all know it. When we go to work, we’re there to work, not make friends. Who wants to sit around and sing Kumbuya? Who wants things to be all hunky dory? Your job is to make sure things get done – that’s it. So, here are ten ways to show your team that trust doesn’t mean anything to you.

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Trust…From the Employee’s Perspective

One thing that makes employees unhappy is working for a company that doesn’t believe in them. From an employee perspective, we don’t want to be given the “easy” tasks. We want responsibility. We want trust. We want to know that you are comfortable giving things to us, even if you’re unsure of the outcome. We want to know that you are willing to let us go through our trial-and-error phase. Will we always knock it out of the ballpark the very first time? Probably not. But the fact that you’re willing to let us try – that’s worth the effort.

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Trust = Team

Building a team can be one of the most challenging responsibilities of someone who leads. Building a team is the task of organizing a group of people to work well together, accomplish goals, and have a positive impact on the company.

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Keep your Cool in Conflict

Have you been in the middle of a conversation or meeting and started to feel your blood boil?  That vein in your neck starting to bulge.  Your face turning a little red.

What do you do when this happens?  Do you immediately look for a quick get away? Do you quit listening because you are too busy thinking of a great comeback? How do you keep your cool?

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It’s as simple as a conversation…

Do you find yourself doing projects yourself because you don’t trust that others will do the job correctly? Team members and managers alike fall into this habit more than you think. What tends to follow are things like enormous workloads, anger at teammates, job dissatisfaction, low morale, and employee burn-out.

Common sense would tell us to confront the people on our team to fix the problem. Right? Well, in reality many people will avoid this confrontation altogether. 

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What’s in your company’s Alka-Seltzer?

“Culture is a little like dropping an Alka-Seltzer into a glass – you don’t see it, but somehow it does something.” Hans Magnus Enzensberger

A while ago, I was having a conversation with my team about organizational culture. We were listing what words came to mind when thinking about our company as a whole. I rattled off a few words that I felt good about and the conversation came to an end…or so I thought.

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