Build Trust in Relationships for Impact
Drama has no place in a life built for impact
Do you have some lingering relationships ….that can be challenging …tear you down….cause grief…..have baggage…..long histories…
……these relationships can and DO zap our energy, steal our joy, drum up false beliefs about ourselves, and sometimes even stand in the way of achieving our dreams.
Yes, addressing relationship stuff can feel overwhelming, but often remedies are simpler than you’d think if you know how to define the right fix. That’s why I’ve designed the Relationship Renovation Roadmap I can’t wait to show you how!
Go to DefeatTheDrama.com/Roadmap to check it out!
If you’ve been listening to this podcast you already know that I spend a lot of time helping people overcome their drama in relationships. It has no place in a life built for impact.
Often drama between people boils down to a lack of trust. You can have little or no trust for someone based on your experience with them; they’ve proven with their words or actions that they should not be trusted. Or you can lack trust because you don’t know them.
Either way, when we don’t trust someone we are more apt to assume the worst or assign mal-intent to their actions.
Of course, a history of bad behavior warrants less trust. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. In businesses and nonprofit endeavors, however, I often find that lack of trust comes from a lack of knowing. Sometimes leaders don’t give their employees or volunteers time to connect. And this creates negative assumptions and drama!
Over the years I’ve had a unique perspective into so many relationships and can say with certainty that often these assumptions are not accurate. I would even hazard to say that rarely are the assumptions driving these negative relationships true.
When communication and connection happen, trust can build quickly. Assumptions are replaced with facts and relationships are transformed.
I worked with a group of 4 people who knew little of each other personally but had to deal with each other often to complete their work. The company called me in because the poor relationships were decreasing productivity.
I spent exactly one and a half hours with them and in that time they had many aha moments. “Oh, when you were asking me that I thought you were trying to pass your work on to me!”
“No, I’ve already tried 4 different times to get the numbers right by the time I’m asking you to clarify some things.”
“I thought you were just coming in early so that you could leave early and find things to complain about.”
“No, with the work changes I now have to come in early to get everything set up and do the inventory. I’d actually prefer not to start so early!”
On and on it went. Gaps in fact filled in with negative presumptions quickly overcome with truth.
Each had painted a picture of the other like a paint by number gone wrong. The little assumptions all added to a perception of co-workers trying to avoid work, get each other in trouble and wreak havoc. Recent changes in roles and workflow had put them all together feeling uncertain and wary.
They needed to work together but had had no opportunity to build trust.
I am very visual so I almost always end up describing concepts with physical items.
I started using the term Trust Bucket to describe the level of trust we have with others. It’s just a nice visual.
So, an empty trust bucket means little trust.
A full trust bucket is like a full bank account of trust.
A full trust bucket and we are assuming the best of each other. If my co-worker of 10 years is late and I have assigned a full trust bucket to her I will assume she got held up. An empty trust bucket and I’m assuming the worst. “He doesn’t value my time or is disrespecting me.”
I find that people assign empty or full trust buckets to new people in different ways.
Some people tend to start new relationships with a full trust bucket. “I will trust you unless you give me good cause not to.” At that point, they will have an empty trust bucket.
Others are more cautious and begin relationships with an empty trust bucket. “I need to see who you are first. Prove that you deserve my trust. You have to earn it. Then I will fill the trust bucket.”
If your impact requires a team of employees or volunteers it is so important to bring them together so they have an opportunity to know each other as people and fill those trust buckets!
Drama happens when trust buckets are low. As I often say, in the absence of fact, for some reason humans fill in the blanks with negative assumptions. A process falls apart and the first instinct is for employees to blame co-workers they don’t trust, “they’re just trying to make my job harder!”
Bring teams together and give them the chance to know one another and trust will develop. They will assume the best of each other instead.
So, a few thoughts and action items for you today.
- How full are your trust buckets with people? Do you start with a full bucket and empty with negative experiences or do you start empty and make them work their way to trust?
- Are there people in your life or work with empty trust buckets? Are you reaching conclusions about them out of assumption rather than fact? Are your beliefs accurate? How can you get to know them to learn their true character?
If you are a leader, where do team members have empty trust buckets? How can you bring them together to meet, connect and build trust?
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