Steve Jobs once said that “Great things in businesses are not done by one person, they are done by a team of people.” Simon Sinek also said that “A team is not a group of people working together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.” Businesses are made up of different people…people who have different ideals, passion, and interests. How do you make something so strikingly different work so beautifully? the answer is TRUST.
Trust is one of the most valued and most prized asset any company can have. It is like a very fragile crystal, so strong that it can produce melodious sounds when vibrating, yet so delicate that pressure applied incorrectly can shatter it. Many companies have been built around trust, and ,when taken care properly, prospers and ushers the industry into new heights. Yet, there are also a lot of stories where mistrust ate at the foundation of very big corporations, making them crumble to the ground. Just like termites eating away at the foundations of a very strong keep, making it collapse and fall down in the midst of howling winds. Trust can either make or break a company, and trust can be the main factor in the company’s history and vision. Trust is the glue that binds employees together, and trust is also the chain that connects the spokes of a company’s gears. Stephen Covey once said “Without trust, we don’t truly collaborate; we merely coordinate, or at best, cooperate. It is trust that transforms a group of people into a team.”
Trust in the workplace is very important. The trust between management and employees, and between colleagues themselves, mold the culture inside a company. That culture makes the identity of a company. The identity that makes a company’s vision, ideals, and personality is all built around the trust that exists inside it. In a way, you may say that trust is ALWAYS the cornerstone where a business’ progress is built upon. Successful companies, like Apple, Google, and microsoft, are all built with, and around, trust. You may say that trust is the bedrock where all the other aspects of a company, like communication, cooperation, and collaboration is built upon.
Communication inside the workplace is all built around and upon the trust that each member has with each other. All relationships, whether personal or professional, are all built around this bedrock called trust. Without trust, there can be no communication. Without communication, there’s no team work . Without teamwork, there cannot be any collaborations, and without collaboration, there won’t be any success in the company. The strength of the team is each individual member, and the strength of each member is the team. Every company, team, business, or enterprise is only as strong as its weakest link.
We all know that it is very hard to earn trust. It can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years to build up that confidence and trust that is inside that company. Many experts even say “hire for attitude, train for skill.” But even with the right attitude, trust is something that needs to be earned by an employee, both from the management and from his or her colleagues. One good analogy that we can use is for a captain of a ship. on land, they are classified by their rank, but out in the open seas, they must trust each other so much, that they will literally put their lives in each other’s hands. The crew must trust the captain to make sound decisions in the midst of a squall, and the captain must trust his skipper and crew to steer, navigate, and to follow his directions so that they can get out of the storm.
In the end of the day, as all decisions are made, and all activities cease, trust is something that will remain. Trust will be the key factor in determining if this ship will sink or float. Trust will be the booster that can either destroy a company or bring it to new heights. In the end, it is all.About. Trust.