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The erosion of trust and what to do about it

Trust is eroding in our society--for leaders, corporation, institutions, governments and each other. And the consequences may be far more damaging than changes in interest rates, GDP or unemployment levels. Read More

The Reason

Hi Mr. Williams

Excellent article. The only part I would vehemently
disagree with is this:

"Kiernan O'Hara, author of Trust: From Socrates to Spin,
argues that there is clear evidence trust is declining
across Western economies, the cause of which he describes
as the "expectation gap." This gap is describes as the
result of people expecting that more needs to be done
for them that is actually feasible or desirable, which
results in a loss of trust when the expectations can't
be met."

I think the reason there has been such an erosion
of trust has been because of a large increase in
unethical and corrupt behavior in both the public
sector and the private sector, in students and
the employed:

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a918444345~db=all

http://www.glass-castle.com/clients/www-nocheating-org/adcouncil/researc...

Also the more people hear about ethical breaches through
the media the less they trust others and the more likely
they are to act unethically themselves:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_dishonesty#Contextual_causes

As you point out, this can have real monetary consequences:

http://www.transparency.org/news_room/in_focus/2006/cpi_2006#pr

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The Reason

Hi Mr. Williams

Excellent article. The only part I would vehemently
disagree with is this:

"Kiernan O'Hara, author of Trust: From Socrates to Spin,
argues that there is clear evidence trust is declining
across Western economies, the cause of which he describes
as the "expectation gap." This gap is describes as the
result of people expecting that more needs to be done
for them that is actually feasible or desirable, which
results in a loss of trust when the expectations can't
be met."

I think the reason there has been such an erosion
of trust has been because of a large increase in
unethical and corrupt behavior in both the public
sector and the private sector, in students and
the employed:

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a918444345~db=all

http://www.glass-castle.com/clients/www-nocheating-org/adcouncil/researc...

Also the more people hear about ethical breaches through
the media the less they trust others and the more likely
they are to act unethically themselves:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_dishonesty#Contextual_causes

As you point out, this can have real monetary consequences:

http://www.transparency.org/news_room/in_focus/2006/cpi_2006#pr

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Ray Williams is the author of Breaking Bad Habits and The Leadership Edge.

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