Trust is strength...

Trust has always been an important part of my life – in a huge family like mine TRUST served to erase worry and freed each of us to get on with more important matters.

Little or no TRUST causes unseen cost in life and even in business, mainly because it creates hidden agendas, guarded communication, delays action, and slows much needed decision-making.

Even in my family a lack of trust stymied productivity. If we couldn’t trust each other to get something done, it meant taking one’s time and effort away from a more important chore to go micro manage the other person and their chore.

I know for a fact that TRUST motivated us to do more, created a sense of camaraderie, instilled collaboration, loyalty and ultimately brought bigger results.

Can you imagine just how much better off we’d all be if we had more of this ingredient? With the world as we live in today with a very polarized democracy, terrorist threats, office politics and even broken relationships… nothing could inject more good than TRUST… that simple and pragmatic, tangible, and actionable asset that we all can help create.

These are eight behaviors that can help build trust. Whether you use them in a family setting or at work – you’ll see that it will bring out the best in all of us.

Always Talk straight. Be frank and honest and tell the truth. Even if it may make it uncomfortable.

Show respect. Treat everyone and everything with respect, especially those who can't do anything for you.

Be a transparent person. Like the song, “What you see is what you get."

Make amends. Apologize quickly. I have a 48 hour rule but in principal make sure you don't let pride get in the way of doing the right thing.

Be loyal. Nothing says more about you then when you give credit to others' contributions. Always speak as if they were present.

Deliver on what’s expected. Always complete what you’ve said you would - do it on time and within budget ;)

Hold yourself accountable. And don't blame others when things don’t go as expected.

Keep your commitments. I don’t know about you but when someone makes a commitment to me – the level of expectation goes up and in essence builds hope.

When you keep your commitment - you’re building TRUST.

Make it a great day and do some trusting!

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