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Ingredients to Successful Teams – Trust February 8, 2008

Posted by Darth Sidious in Leadership, Managing Employees.
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There has to be trust between team members, and trust between staff and their manager. Without it information won’t flow properly, productivity will suffer as people go into Chess mode trying to out maneuver who they view as their “opponent”, protectionism sets in and information becomes well guarded keys to job security,  etc…

Trust comes through honesty. Being able to openly say what you have to say in a constructive manner,  being able to voice opinions without fear of reprisal, and being able to admit to ones mistakes.

Trust also needs to be earned; but the nice thing is that most people are initially willing to give the benefit of the doubt and afford another individual a high degree of trust.

Trust is also easily lost and extremely difficult to  earn back once that occurs. If a person trusts someone and that trust is compromised, it will take an enormous amount of effort to regain that trust as now the shields are up, precedence has been set, and that person will always be suspicious of that someone again. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me…

Darth Sidious

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