This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.
I’ve been having a lot of conversations with clients lately about how to create a culture of trust. Here’s a four-part “test” to see how well you’re doing on that front.
In The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook, Charlie Green and I asserted that there are two basic dimensions of trust-based organizations: virtues and values. Virtues are the personal qualities that high-trust people embody—tools like the trust equation help here. Values are what guide the decisions and day-to-day actions in the organizations people work in. We said that in high-trust cultures, virtues and values are consistent and mutually reinforcing.
The four trust principles that Charlie defined in his book, Trust-Based Selling, are what form the basis of the aforementioned test. Beware, though, as it’s easy to nod your head in agreement with these right-sounding principles. It’s a lot tougher to actually act on them consistently.
See how well your organization scores:
Bona fide other-focus means we have to be mindful, compassionate, patient, generous, and courageous. Think you’ve got it down? Consider how common it is in your organization to:
It’s tougher than it sounds to live this principle consistently.
It sounds obvious and easy. Except there are undoubtedly times when the people in your organization have done things like:
It’s easy to fall into bad behavior traps with this one, too. How often do you:
Be on the lookout for contrary behaviors like:
We all fall short of these trust-building principles to some degree and with some regularity, and our organizations suffer as a result. The questions are: to what extent, and how often. If your aim is to change or reinforce culture, the key is treating them as your true north, always striving to make progress toward them.
This week, gather your team and do a mini assessment. How well do you collectively do at living the four trust principles? What helps and what gets in the way?
Read about how to apply the four trust principles to selling, from our friends at Trusted Advisor Associates, or find out how one company engineered a turnaround by focusing on principles in Chapter 29 of The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook.