June 03, 2020
No Trust, No Teamwork

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If you are a member of a team, there will be times when trust flies out the window. Your willingness to confidently rely on (and predict) that others will do the right thing in times of risk and uncertainty will shrivel. So be it. Such is life. But just because trust shrivels, doesn't mean it's gone. Smaller? Yes. Gone? Not necessarily. It can be restored. Indeed, it must be restored -- that is, IF you have any aspirations of enjoying your life, your work, and the possibility of making a difference in the world.

"You must trust and believe in people, or life becomes impossible." - Anton Chekhov

"Earn trust, earn trust, earn trust. Then you can worry about the rest." - Seth Godin

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." - Ernest Hemingway

"Trusting is hard. Knowing who to trust, even harder." - Maria Snyder

"He who does not trust enough will not be trusted." - Lao Tzu

"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." - Albert Einstein

"Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships." - Stephen R. Covey

"Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." - Patrick Lencioni

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"People follow leaders by choice. Without trust, at best you get compliance." - Jesse Lyn Stoner

"To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved." - George MacDonald

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it." - Warren Buffett

"We are all mistaken sometimes. Sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward." - Alison Croggon

"Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties." - Aesop

"Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work." - Warren Bennis

"The best proof of love is trust." - Joyce Brothers

"A king who trusts no man is weak." - Patricia Briggs

"Trust no friend without faults." - Doris Lessing

"Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts." - Rita Mae Brown

"People that have trust issues only need to look in the mirror. There they will meet the one person that will betray them the most."
- Shannon L. Alder

"It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them." - Confucius

"Those who trust us educate us." - George Eliot

"I'm suspicious of people who don't like dogs, but I trust a dog when it doesn't like a person." - Bill Murray

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"I believe in trusting. Trust begets trust. Suspicion is foetid and only stinks. He who trusts has never yet lost in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Trust is like a vase. Once it's broken, though you can fix it, the vase will never be same again." - Walter Anderson

"Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go." - Natalie Goldberg

"I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh." - Maya Angelou

"When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb." - Patanjali

"Love cannot live where there is no trust." - Edith Hamilton

"Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do." - Benjamin Spock

"I trust no one, not even myself." - Joseph Stalin

"Trust is not the same as faith. A friend is someone you trust. Putting faith in anyone is a mistake." - Christopher Hitchens

"Trust is earned when actions meet words." - Chris Butler

"Trust is not simply a matter of truthfulness, or even constancy. It is also a matter of amity and goodwill. We trust those who have our best interests at heart, and mistrust those who seem deaf to our concerns." - Gary Hamel

"I believe in trusting men, not only once but twice -- in giving a failure another chance." - James Cash Penney

"I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason." - Stanley Baldwin

"The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say I And that's not because they have trained themselves not to say I. They don't think I. They think we. They think team. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but we gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done." - Peter Drucker

"I'm not upset that you lied to me. I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Trust is built with consistency." - Lincoln Chafee

"The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"Either we're a team or we aren't. Either you trust me or you don't."
- Ally Carte

"There's never a reason to trust someone. If there's a reason, then it's not trust." - Gerald Morris

"Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

FOR YOUR REFLECTION:

1. How much do you trust yourself?
2. Who is the person you trust the most in your life?
3. What are the attributes of the person you trust the most?
4. How trustworthy are you?
5. When people lose trust in you, do you know why?
6. Who, in your life are you not trusting these days?
7. Do you know why you are not trusting this person?
8. Are you (and that person) committed to restoring trust?
9. What's the level of trust on whatever teams you are on?
10. If you are a team leader, how much do team members trust you?
11. What do you need to do to regain the trust of others?
12. What is the simplest thing you can do to be more trustworthy?

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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at June 3, 2020 04:27 AM

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