Trust in the Sand
My colleagues in Romania just sent me an email about one of their blog posts on leadership that had this image within it:
I thought it was pretty neat, and it reminded me of my friend and colleague Frank Navran’s quote that:
“Trust is the residue of promises fulfilled”
and how easy it is to simply wipe it away with some foolish behavior…
All it takes is a gust of wind to change things and we need to be reminded that trust is something we need to maintain, not just do once in a while.
Now Vio’s blog is written in Romanian, and even with translation services, I am not going to spend much time going through his key comments around the elements of trust; I simply reacted to his email and sent him the following:
“Trust is not just about writing in the sand. It is also about having perspective, moving about to see what is really happening around you and being willing to move about to potentially see things from other positions rather than from where you are standing. It is also about involving people with shared goals and acting collectively. I think it can also look like this:”
We should also be reminded and mindful about the diversity of people within our organizations and about the reality that all of us know more than any of us when it comes to generating ideas and engagement for improving workplace performance.
Here at Performance Management Company, we sell simple tools for impacting teamwork (Vio at HumanInvest has our Lost Dutchman game in English and Romanian) as well as impacting innovation and motivation. We suggest that leaders work to actively involve their people in generating ideas for improvement and facilitating creative problem solving as well as generating alignment and collaboration.
We also have a simple online facilitation skills training course and toolkit (really cheap and highly effective!) at The Square Wheels Project.
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Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.
One of the best teambuilding exercises in the world, as rated by his users, is The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, which focuses on leadership, collaboration, alignment and focuses on implementing the collective performance optimization ideas.
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Originally published at Performance Management Company Blog.