Why Should I Trust You?

(When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb. – Patanjali)

The grease that makes relationships to thrive is trust. Why then do we seem to have it in short supply? What can executives and professionals do to enhance the level of trust between them? As we entered into this century very few of us could predict the level of disruption in the economic and social space. Above all, recent events in almost all areas of our lives have continued to highlight the need for us to increase our trust quotient. It was Cardinal De Reitz who said, “A man who doesn’t trust himself can never really trust anyone else”.
I have always believed that for growth and harmony there must be that key ingredient of trust running through any relationship. Once that is in doubt, no matter how sincere our motives, the level of our expected outcome will be low. As you interact in your daily chores and relationships, ask yourself, have I been fair, open and sincere? Have I given my best to this course? Will my actions be inimical to the health of this enterprise or relationship? Is my understanding adequate to make sense of the venture or relationship?
It is true that trust is earned. The issues I raise therefore are:

  • Was my point of view open and clear enough for you to understand?
  • Have I betrayed your confidence for our continued mutual benefit in this venture?
  • Is there anything I can do to recapture those magic moments that lead to greater productivity?
  • Do I believe in this relationship for us to continue to relate?
  • Is this the best vehicle for us to board?
  • Was I open to your views, without being myopic?

Businesses and relationships thrive, when this relationship quotient is very high.
Tell me, why should I trust you?

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