This week, we’re talking about workplace trust.
Do you feel like trust between you and your associates should be earned, or do you give it freely?
Gary Vaynerchuk, a top author and motivational speaker on building businesses, says that unlike most CEO’s, he gives his trust freely to his associates, rather than making them earn it.
Sure, every now and then, an associate will show him that they need more oversight, or they make a bad decision, but he says, unless you give your associates your complete trust, you’ll never see what they’re truly capable of.
If your associates know that they have to earn your trust, they’re more likely to align themselves with your point of view and your ideas, and you’ll accidentally create a workforce of people who all think alike.
To truly be successful, you need diversity of thought - people who have different ideas, and approach problems in different ways - not an army of lemmings.
Sure, it’s easier for you and your associates if they get in lock step with your ideas, but are you truly challenging them? Are your ideas really the best ones, or is there room for improvement?
Is it possible that people from outside may bring perspective you’ve never thought of?
Give your associates the freedom to win or lose on their own, give them guidance when they need it, and reign them in if they’re on the wrong path.
Giving away your trust from the get go will often times lead to better ideas, and more success in the long run.