Fiscal cliff political maneuvering and house-of-cards financial scams scream the "don'ts" to trust building in this era of distrust. It's easy to watch others derail trust when their self-serving interests, and win-no-matter-who-loses approaches prevail. However, following a don't-do-that approach won't build sustainable trust either.
What's needed in these times of diminished trust, are positive trust building "dos." Want more trusting relationships at work? Here are five simple trust building dos that will enhance work relationships, no matter your role:
1. Operate with respect. Respect is an essential trust building component. If you don't offer respect to others, why would someone give you their trust? The respect component operates as a transparent window giving others a glimpse of who you are. In the words of Malcolm S. Forbes, "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who do nothing for him." What are your actions communicating about you?
2. Eliminate the blame game. Finger pointing, assigning fault, or condemning others' mistakes diminishes trust. That ferret-out approach instills fear, not innovation; reduces engagement, not errors; and reinforces scapegoating, not accountability. But people who step up to accept their mishaps and acknowledge their mistakes build trust, enhance accountability, and enable future-focused solutions.