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Winning AND Losing TRUST!


On Friday my blog entry asked how you might act when no-one is looking… today I want to revisit the subject of TRUST. 

I saw a very clever animated cartoon, from RSA Animate, illustrating The Truth About Dishonesty!

Research apparently suggests that we humans have an amazing capacity to rationalise … which allows us to do “bad” things, but not think badly of ourselves for doing them!   I was particularly intrigued by the parent scolding their child for stealing a pencil from a schoolmate … when all they had to do was ask and the parent would bring pencils home from work!!!  Watch the video, it is worth the investment of time.

The big problem with rationalising your actions is that (a) sooner or later you will “trip up” and blow someone’s TRUST; or even worse (b) you will rationalise “bigger” things … and the lines get even more blurred, and the example given was the bank lending debacle.

We learn as children that TRUST is earned through hard work and lost easily!  I recently saw this quote, “I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and it only takes suspicion, not even proof, to destroy it.”

How much do you value the TRUST that others place in you?

How easily do you TRUST?  Ernest Hemingway said, “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

What would you do to protect that TRUST?  What would you do to put that TRUST at risk?