January 17, 2007

Trust - Simple isn't it?

It has been quite a while since I've blogged. I'm still behind in some posts, especially on some photos and description of my trip to Edinburgh Part 2. Anyway, will try to get on top of things this week.

Anyway, of late, I've been feeling very blue, as you might have noted in my Announcements section, I've been asked by my company to move house.

Yes. Move house.

During the height of winter - 3rd Feb 2007.

Brilliant, ain't it??

Well, if you're wondering if I've brought the issue up to the relevant persons, I have. All have promised to do something about it. So, for now, all I can do is sit back and wait.

Out of all this, I've realized that the sense of trust is very important. In light of my current situation and also what I've been reading/listening/viewing of the news on the War on Iraq, seems that the entire world is losing trust in themselves and the people who are in power.

Of late, I've been examining my level of trust with people and how to build up trust as well by reading the book "Speed of Trust" by Stephen M.R. Covey (Stephen Covey's anak). It is a GREAT book! Another one to get if you have been reading the Covey series on 7 Habits, Principle-Centred Leadership and 8th Habit. (^.^)

Anyway, why am I harping on trust? Because it is the fundamental "currency" between two parties. If you do not trust someone, how can you have a relationship with that person - be it friendship, love, work or business. Believe it or not, trust is quantifiable in a general sense. If you have high trust in someone, your relationship with that person is stable, whatever you do in work will be fast - fast response, fast result. If you have low trust, you tend to keep a distance, your communication is poor, response is slow and you get poor results.

So, this book is about overcoming all that. It talks about the 13 behaviours of High Trust Leaders, debunking the trust myths as well as teach/reinforce someone on the basic principles of building trust in ourselves, and in everyone else around you.

The whole point of trust is like a bank account. Two parties come together to interact, and hence, each person will "deposit" some amount of trust on the other party in a "trust account". If one party breaks the trust of another, some amount of trust is withdrawn. It is when the level of trust in the "trust account" gets to a very low level, all the problems start to surface, i.e. communication issue, distrust, micromanagement - these are just a few effects of a low trust amongst two parties.

Anyway, have a read of this book. It is certainly an eye-opener. Those who have read 7 Habits before would be reminded of this quality.



  1. Some people worth our trust and some dont. You need to give n take....and most importantly, follow ur gut feelings to sense whether the person is worth your time. :)

  2. yep, that's the purpose of the trust bank account.

    if it gets too low, thats where the relationship starts to crumble.

    so, to keep a healthy balance, one needs to give and take. :)


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