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Have you ever noticed there doesn't seem to be a lot of trust
anymore? We tend not to trust our government, our companies, our coworkers, the
media, our neighbours. Heck, we're even suspicious about the motives of our own
relatives. It wasn't always like this. We used to openly trust people and never
feared political back stabbing. Alas, no more. We used to leave our house and
cars unlocked; even going so far as to loan a friend a car with no questions
asked. Again, no more. When we delegated a task or responsibility to someone, we
knew it would be completed properly. No more.
It is natural to gravitate to people we trust, and it's
understandable as to why:
- We respect their judgment.
- We value their opinion.
- We feel free to exchange ideas and thoughts with them, including secrets.
Think about it, aren't these the attributes of a true friend
or business colleague? In other words, they exhibit the same moral values we do,
if not better. But when a trust is broken, it is difficult if not impossible to
repair, and our interpersonal relationships rapidly deteriorate.
The decline of trust denotes a change in our culture and not
necessarily for the better. I believe it indicates a more permissive and immoral
society whereby a person's word is no longer his/her bond and people become more
concerned with self-preservation as opposed to the welfare of others around
them. In other words, the decline of trust represents a splintering of people.
As an example, instead of delegating responsibility and empowering people to do
their job, we tend to micromanage their activities, which is an open admission
we do not trust their judgment. This leads to discontent among the workforce and
promotes individualism over teamwork.
As indicated earlier, building trust is a difficult task,
particularly if it is broken. The best thing is not to break it in the first
place. To build or restore trust it is necessary to offer some visible
demonstration of trust, be it something as simple as delivering on a promise,
maintaining a confidence, or lending a helping hand when push comes to shove.
Speaking from experience, it is always comforting to know that someone is
watching your backside as opposed to your wallet.
Regarding the diminishing role of our national motto, "In
God We Trust," some would say this is simply an issue regarding the
separation of church and state. As for me, I see it as another sign of the
decline of our culture. If we cannot trust God, regardless of our religious
denomination, who can we trust?
Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.
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About the Author
Tim Bryce is the Managing Director of
M. Bryce & Associates
(MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the
management consulting field. He can be reached at
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-02-22 11:44:12 in Personal Articles