Distrust Yourself to Gain Trust of Others

Trust vanishes. In an unexpected way, distrust prepares the comeback of trust. Distrust sets the correction required, and business leaders can be the example. Gain Trust: A Place to Begin A Trust Depression exists. A saving element is the view of business. In the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, 3 out of 4 respondents “agree a…

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We Are in a Trust Depression

The Great Depression was an economic collapse that left people unemployed, unconfident, and uncertain. To recover, bold actions were taken, and it still took many years to gain strength again. Today, we are experiencing a similar situation – a trust collapse. More than a collapse, we are in the Trust Depression. Workers and citizens have…

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Closing Trust Gaps the JV Way

Colonel JV Venable (USAF, Ret.) has more than a story to relate. JV has the experience of leading in challenging situations and working through life tests. No path is easy, and it was no different for JV. Graduating from USAF’s Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) and leading a combat group of 1,100 airmen in the…

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Community Starts With One

My father always told me there is power in numbers. Typically he was referring to my work. Of course I believe that, having seen it throughout my life but largely wrote it off because of that “P” word at the end. When I thought of power, I considered it a dirty five-letter word that fuels the…

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What Builds Character?

The dirty chores at home on the farm were always “character-building.” My dad always used to say that shoveling out the hog barn “builds character.” What I knew at the time is that the only thing it built was a healthy smell that lingered way too long. No different than you, just different activities at…

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Compromise vs. Compromising: More of the First, Less of the Latter

Today, in many ways, we seem more solidified in positions, a bunker mentality of sorts. Negotiation is seen as a weak activity. Stalemate is acceptable. Compromise is unacceptable. And, accordingly, our progress forward stalls. Running in place is better than moving forward to solve problems or launch initiatives. At some point in time, however, we…

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Interdependence Empowers Collaboration and Results

Trust is a vital component for effective Millennial leadership. Trust happens through interdependence in our team, integrity, learning, and community. Trust continues to falter. The 15th Annual Edelman Trust Barometer highlights this point: “In fact, trust in business declined in two-thirds of the 27 markets the survey covers and is now below 50% in 14…

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The Potter Box: Staying on the Right Path

In a world where money rules, doing the “right thing” often competes with ever-tightening budgets. When the pressure to meet financial goals heats up, people don’t mind cutting those corners, telling those little white lies, and putting profits before people because it’s quick, easy, and it delivers; but it’s dirty. At some point in our…

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Debunking the Myth of Generational Gaps

Guest Post by Daniel Weinzveg Are you as sick of these generational stereotypes we have been reading ad nausea over the past decade as I am? What more do we need to know about Boomers retiring, and not retiring? Are there really any other Millennial engagement or retention strategies to be discussed? Every time I…

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Trust: The Diverse Tales of Kickstarter and Volkswagen

Kickstarter and Volkswagen are very different companies. Last week, one company took a bold step into broadening trust and conscious capitalism, and the other sunk into vast dishonesty and lack of a moral core. Kickstarter is the first, and Volkswagen is the latter. Unfortunately, you will likely read more about Volkswagen, and the Kickstarter move…

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What Does Giving Trust Mean?

Trust Across America – Trust Around the World is an organization highlighting the importance and value of trusted leaders and organizations. They have launched a week long campaign – Trust Giving 2014 – to highlight perspectives on trust. Trust is critical to making any relationship or organization function in a meaningful, productive way. As a…

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What Can A Trust Creed Deliver?

I want to be a trust activist. Being one is challenging though and raises questions on two fronts: How will others know? How will I know how I am doing? Being a trust activist means: Consistency of character: actions equal words, and words equal actions Embraces the truth, tells the truth Honest, forthright relationships Solves…

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