Monday, February 5, 2018

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On Trust In Our World

Trust is a critical factor in creating a Vision of the Possible.   This is why this interesting take on Trust was critical for us to feature for this edition of "Notations":

New post on Leading with Trust

Reflections on the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer

by Randy Conley
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"A Battle for Truth" and "Trust Crash in the U.S." proclaimed last week's 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer. Then, the usual, ridiculous hand-wringing ensued. Yet, there's plenty of research in business strategy and ethics that points the way out of this quagmire; and it's not the inter-personal stuff you may be familiar with. I'm talking real business practices and systems that make your organization more trustworthy and therefore, more trusted.
My fellow trust activist, Dominique O'Rourke, recently published her reflections on the results of the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer. I enjoyed her "straight talk" perspective and agree with her conclusions.
There are obvious steps leaders can take to address the crisis of trust in our major institutions, but it requires strength of character to do the right thing. Often times the right choice flies in the face of the easiest or most popular path endorsed by those who tend to benefit the most from the decision being made. It's time for leaders of all organizations to quit focusing on self-interest, stop appeasing the desires of the most powerful, and start serving the greater good of all stakeholders.
We don't have a crisis of trust so much as we have a crisis of untrustworthy leaders.

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