Only Trust Brings Change


“Above all, success in business requires two things: a winning competitive strategy, and superb organizational execution. Distrust is the enemy of both. I submit that while high trust won’t necessarily rescue a poor strategy, low trust will almost always derail a good one. ”
― Quote by Stephen M.R. CoveyThe Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything

Trusting those you work with is difficult. Many times your work depends on them and how well they do—talk about anxiety and dread for the outcome. As a manager, you’re delegating tasks to your team, which should make your job easier, but you know the weak and strong points of each member.

Since we learn from those who go before us, your team is looking towards you for good habits in the workplace. They need to see your competitive strategy and outstanding organizational execution!

If you are hoping to make great changes in the New Year, it’s up to you to:

  1. Keep your word
  2. Acknowledge and honor your commitments
  3. Involve others in decision making
  4. Value responses
  5. Take action to change for the better

We all remember being handed our dream gift as a kid and being told by our parents that it was our responsibility to take care of it—this is the same mindset with your employees. You must extend your trust first and let them be responsible with it. If you come in as a tyrant showing zero trust in them, they won’t have any confidence in you.

Draw clear expectations and accountability for what is being trusted to them.

Make this a year of putting your words into actions. You want to give and get respect in your company—and making that a top priority will only push the business further. Bring your team together by stepping forward and leading the movement. People need to see the change in you before you can expect it out of them.



Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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