⫹⫺ Trust, Meaning & Simplicity
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Hello my friends,
Internal politics and strategic misalignments are lingering symptoms of modern office culture.
A couple of months ago I was talking to a mentor of mine and we discussed how most interrelationship issues stem from a lack of trust.
Working from home has made building and maintaining trust evermore challenging; nevermind onboarding new employees or starting in a new company yourself.
But of course, there is a formula that can help.
The Trust Equation
The Trust Equation was first described by David Maister in his book "The Trusted Advisor". Maister’s framework provides a practical approach:
What it means and how you can use it to your advantage.
Credibility is the words we say on a particular topic → Read intensely about your area of expertise, know its history, ask more experienced leaders questions.
Reliability has to do with actions → Find opportunities to prove that you are reliable. Answer e-mails immediately with: "Working on it, I will come back to you". Be responsive. If you say "I'll send this by 5 pm", send it by 5 pm.
Intimacy refers to the security we feel when entrusting another person → Look for opportunities to find common ground with people. Ask how their weekend was. Talk about what you like to do in your free time.
Self-orientation is a person’s focus and refers to that focus being on themselves → When asking for help or information don't give the impression that it's a one-way street. You never know who you will be dealing with in the future.
Next time you face a challenge, reduce it to first principles and I can almost guarantee it will come down to trust — or a lack thereof.
I’ve found The Trust Equation an infallible pain killer.
Thanks for reading. Your trust means a lot.
Let’s get into it,
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