Trust – What Business Relationships Lack!

Trust – What Business Relationships Lack!

From Jon –

I had a profound conversation with my friend and business partner last week. We were debriefing our recent event in which we worked with a corporate client that was struggling to form and build trust within a newly formed team. We talked about the different personalities, the dynamic that currently existed and how they were struggling with being honest and direct with each other. This was impacting the team in numerous ways. During this conversation I had a moment that overwhelmed me. It had been many years, (since my days in the military) when I had a truly honest and direct connection to someone. A relationship with someone where you can be direct, brutally honest, say what is on your mind and even be an ass still knowing that this person has your back. Moreover, we could not be more different. He is from another country; his language and customs are very different and we come from a very different background, yet we compliment each other extremely well, which enhances our business.

There is no judgment because we are working for the same long-term objective and we are both working to create something much bigger than ourselves.

Let me first state that it is rare to find a friend let alone a coworker that unconditionally has your back. Someone that can also call you out on your shit and has no fear of saying “I disagree”.  It is also rare to work with someone that will take the time to know and accept your good and crap qualities. In order for this to happen, there has to be an environment of complete trust. It takes work.

Often trust is forged through being subjected to extreme or extraordinary situations, having to rely on each other for survival. All of us at Rogue Consulting Group have been in these situations and have experienced the bond of trust that comes out of that experience. However, most of the people in a traditional work environment do not have similar extreme backgrounds to draw from or share. This does not mean that trust in the workplace can’t exist. It absolutely can and is vital to reaching both individual and team success.

Trust is developed though having the right mindset.

Abraham Lincoln said, “The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust”.

Creating an environment where trust is the expectation will ultimately yield an abundance of it. “Trust is earned” I don’t know who first coined that saying and many people love to use it, but I think that if you don’t have an environment or expectation of trust at the onset of a relationship (either at work or at home) no one will ever be able to trust one another.

Lastly, I am a big believer of competition. I think it can be an amazing motivator, but within a business or team the competition is outside of your four walls, not with your teammates. If you set clear expectations of each other and arm each other with the best knowledge and tools to do the job, the last and most powerful thing you can do is put your 100% trust in one another. That is when truly great things happen.

I am very fortunate to work with business partners that have my back. I am also very fortunate to work with amazing clients that put their trust in Rogue Consulting Group.

If you think that what I describe in this blog is lacking in your workplace, please share our website and contact info with the decision makers in your company. We have many programs that will create an environment of trust within your team. It is a powerful feeling!

“Trust is the great multiplier” – Tom Ridge

Happy Thanksgiving – from the Rogue Consulting Group team!

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