On the eve of a new year that promises to brings its own challenges and opportunities, it’s a great time to evaluate the level of trust within your organization and team.
The past two years have been difficult for everyone. In our personal lives, many of us have experienced loss, depression, family changes and financial challenges, among other things. Professionally, how, where and even why we work have changed seemingly overnight. In the workplace, trust is ebbing as employees jump ship in record numbers in quest of a better fit elsewhere.
In the midst of all this upheaval, business leaders have an opportunity to re-establish trust between the organization and the people who power it. But to do this, warns Dr. Toby A. Travis, you’ll have to get past the “talk is cheap” cynicism that renders so many corporate communications ineffective—and commit to building authentic trust.
Dr. Travis, who founded the TrustED® framework for school improvement, compares trust to a bridge. What’s the purpose of a bridge? “It’s providing a more efficient and direct connection between two points—getting us from where we are to where we want to be,” he says.
Most of us travel over bridges without really thinking about whether or not the bridge is trustworthy; we simply assume it is. And that’s where companies are struggling today: that underlying, assumed foundation of trust between the employer and employee is no longer there.
And yet trust is crucial to organizational and personal success. When the bridge of trust has been damaged or broken, Dr. Travis points to four ongoing commitments to help you become an authentically trusted leader in 2022… [Continue Reading on Forbes]