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Building Trust The Keystone of Society; Do you?

Building Trust The Keystone of Society

Why is trust so important? Well, for one, you really can’t have friends without it. You can’t bank without it. Business is difficult to conduct without it. Building trust is key to so many aspects of a rational functioning society. Forging Character requires building trust.  Merriam-Webster describes trust as a “reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.

How do we go about building trust?

According to Jon Gordon, author of Soup, here are some things you can use when building trust.
  1. Say what you are going to do and then do what you say!
  2. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Frequent, honest communication builds trust. Poor communication is one of the key reasons marriages and work relationships fall apart.
  3. Trust is built one day, one interaction at a time, and yet it can be lost in a moment because of one poor decision. Make the right decision.
  4. Value long-term relationships more than short-term success.
  5. Sell without selling out. Focus more on your core principles and customer loyalty than short-term commissions and profits.
  6. Trust generates commitment; commitment fosters teamwork; and teamwork delivers results. When people trust their team members they not only work harder, but they work harder for the good of the team.
  7. Be honest! My mother always told me to tell the truth. She would say, “If you lie to me then we can’t be a strong family. So don’t ever lie to me even if the news isn’t good.”
  8. Become a coach. Coach your customers. Coach your team at work. Guide people, help them be better and you will earn their trust.
  9. Show people you care about them. When people know you care about their interests as much as your own they will trust you. If they know you are out for yourself, their internal alarm sounds and they will say to themselves “watch out for that person.”
  10. Always do the right thing. We trust those who live, walk and work with integrity.
  11. When you don’t do the right thing, admit it. Be transparent, authentic and willing to share your mistakes and faults. When you are vulnerable and have nothing to hide you radiate trust.

How do you build trust?

Do these things work for you? What are some things that you do to build trust? Why is trust important to you? Do you have challenges building trust? If so, what are they? I would love hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below. If you like this, please share it with your friends and family.

6 thoughts on “Building Trust The Keystone of Society; Do you?

  1. zacharykmiller

    Wow… Wonderful article! I have a unique situation. I really value trust, but I am hypocritical. It is very important to me that all of my fellow co-workers can trust me and will come to me if they need anything at all. However, I have become jaded and don’t believe I can trust anyone out of my immediate group. Is it possible to ask people to trust me, even if I don’t trust them?
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    1. shawngriffith Post author

      Hi Zachary, That is really a very difficult situation. For trust to work it needs to go both ways. While it is possible for someone to trust you while you don’t trust them. It will not last long. My suggestion is to look at why you don’t trust them and if that “thing” is something you can remedy with a conversation or two with the other person. Doing what you do, I would suspect, requires a great deal of trust. It may be uncomfortable, but you need to have a conversation about how you are feeling and why. Good luck to you. Let me know how it turns out.

      1. zacharykmiller

        I see what you are saying…A discussion will be hard indeed. Honestly, I will probably avoid it. The trouble of having this conversation is not worth the trust I would gain.

        In relation to the specific type, It’s a different kind of trust. As an acrobat there is an inherent trust when doing stunts. If someone doesn’t trust you when doing stunts, you know it right away. Self-preservation when doing stunts/acrobatics is very visible. I wouldn’t be able to hide it if this were the case. The trust I’m talking about is outside of the physical, it’s about doing the right thing or being reliable.
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        1. shawngriffith Post author

          I understand. Having a difficult conversation is never easy. I would suggest that you weigh the importance of being able to trust that person against your reason for needing to trust them. I generally trust people until they give me a reason not to. Then after that I either talk to them about it or I don’t associate with them. Sometimes it is a simple misunderstanding (rarely) or they don’t honestly know what they did (or didn’t) do. Often times a simple conversation (difficult to start) usually clears the air. Sleep on it for a day or two.

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