Trust – Assuming the best or moving on?

I have been doing a bit of dog training lately. She is a 5-year old Rottweiler. Though I am “alpha” I am not actually the dog’s owner (story for another time). She is an amazing pup in so many ways, but I swear that she suffers from ADHD (if that is possible for a dog).

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However, there is an innocence about her that is more than a bit intriguing, and watching her play brings me joy. No, this is not a column about dogs, or dog training, but permit me to relay a few recent thoughts enroute to what I hope will be insightful and encouraging for you. Please Continue Reading …

Your truth, My truth; Who’s to say?

I finally got around to watching The Life of Pi last night, and I have to say that I enjoyed the movie. One of the scenes that stood out for me (I’ll try not to ruin the movie for you if you have not seen it) is a conversation at the end, which features the question: “Which version of the story do you like?”

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I hear many statements in our culture of late that imply a great loss of the pursuit of the full essence of truth. Justification and rationalization can be heard in expressions such as “your truth” and “my truth” to allow the freedom to believe diametrically opposed perspectives, wherein it is obvious that one or the other (or possibly both) can not be true. This may make it easier to be respectful of others, and tolerant of differing perspectives, but Please Continue Reading …

Trusted Foundations

In “Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team” Patrick Lencioni identifies TRUST as the foundational requirement for all teams. Whatever the context / mission of the team, it is likely that this holds true for all.

Merriam-Webster defines Trust as a : assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone…

It is not about predictability, but more a matter of reliability of character, ability, strength…TRUTH of someone.

TRUST is hardwired to TRUTH.

As a trustworthy leader we need to be worthy of confidence. This is not about perfection, (for no one among us could ever be that) but more a matter of “knowing”. We are who we are in truth. We are consistent in this…a congruence pervades our life; an integral match between our stated/implied values, beliefs and behaviors.

I recently asked a friend to tell me what it was that made her feel that I was trustworthy. One part of her reply was that, “If you were to fall, I would likely understand that you had come up against something difficult to overcome…but not that I would think that I had not truly known you.”

Authentic transparency is part of this then, but so too is honesty, and selfless humility.

As a trustworthy leader we are open and teachable, and do not fear our weakness, but rather acknowledge it, confront it, and commit to maturity for the sake of all.