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Green House Project Teams Strive for Trusting Relationships

Trust is vital to successful teamwork. A team with trusting members is much more likely to be innovative. They will share and debate ideas, engaging in conflict at times, but in a productive way that allows for learning and growth. The Green House Project teams work to create trusting environments where elders can best served. Check out a recent article in The Green House Project Newsletter on Trust:

What are some ingredients of trust?

  • Sincerity – we consider someone to be sincere when they are honest; when they say what they mean and mean what they say. They can be believed, taken seriously and their opinions are valid and backed up by sound thinking. We also know that their actions will be consistent with their words.
  • Reliability – we consider someone to be reliable when the meet the commitments they make and keep their promises. And when they can’t, when something interferes, they let you know as soon as they know
  • Competence – we consider someone to be competent when we believe they have the ability to do what they are doing or what they propose to do. This often boils down to having the skills, knowledge and resources required to accomplish a particular task.
  • Care – we consider someone to care when they have our interests in mind as well as their own. This is often the most important factor for building lasting trust. If we believe someone is only concerned with their own self-interest, we may trust their sincerity, competence or reliability in a specific situation, but will probably not trust them as a general rule.

What are some ways we put these aspects of trust into practice? You can ask these questions:

  • How am I behaving in ways that build trust?
  • What are people I trust saying and doing that makes them trustworthy?
  • How do their actions relate to the four aspects of trust?
  • Ask others you trust how they experience you in these areas.

Building, maintaining and repairing the trust of those you work with on The Green House team takes an understanding of how one judges trustworthiness, language and actions consistent with the aspects of trust and an intention to be a trusted member of The Green House team. Remember, our elders are counting on us!

Feltman, C.  The Thin Book of Trust, An Essential Primer For Building Trust At Work. Thin Book Publishing Co., 2009.

What are practices on your teams that foster trust, learning and growth?

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