"Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist
What creates an environment of trust and greatness?
1. Design The Vision - AND GET IT IN WRITING
Agree On Problems That Need Fixing
Agree On Solutions For These Problems
Convert It Into A Product
Designate Roles and Responsibilities
Determine Tools and Resources Needed
Foresee Future Obstacles
2. Make The Project Human - Give It A Soul
Share the why of the project.
Find A Deeper Meaning That Connects All Who Are Involved
This Goes Beyond The Monetary Scope and Asks "What Are We Really Building?"
3. Get Real About Winning Environments
What non-negotiables are involved and how can they favor everyone?
Convey the rules and parameters - even limitations of the project so you can make sure they favor the organization.
Make sure everyone will be properly rewarded in a meaningful way
4. The Who Matters More Than The What
People are people and they vary on how caring they are, how knowledgeable they are, how disciplined they are, how courageous they are, and how trustworthy they are.
Accept people for where they are now, and look for opportunities to help them grow
At the end of the day, it's easier to catch a fly with honey than with vinegar and love covers a multitude of sins.
If you stop loving, it's not going to work... We all have our breaking point, but remember to forgive yourself and forgive others quickly.
5. Embrace and Communicate Change and New Opportunities QUICKLY!
Sometimes things change. A new competitor emerges, the stocks go down, the contractor quits or moves, the technology changes. This is where trust is typically broken and communication stops. When things change out of favor of one party, it's good to create a culture of openness and democracy to find solutions for all involved. We can plan for something to cost X but then experience a cost surge. When plans fail, we tend to blame the plan, not change. We must learn to embrace change as a necessary evil and a necessary advantage. While good plans tend to include contingencies, we must always be on the lookout for change.
When communicating change to others:
- Share pros and cons of different ways to course correct and maneuver
- Make a final suggestion after outlining the possibilities
6. Categorize Your Systems In Three Areas
Develop systems that will help your team stay on mission and to advance positions.
Monetization: Identify what skills will make you more money
Specialization: Find ways to specialize your skills and become more unique
Philosophy: Find acronyms, challenges, mantras, and more that help stay focused on the bigger picture and keep you in pursuit of the higher things in life such as faith, family, and humanity as a whole.
Putting it into action!!!
A. Create a culture of people who listen to their own needs as well as to the needs of others inside and outside of your industry.
B. Make decisions by defeating doubt DEFEATS acronymn (use Demonstrations, Examples, Facts, Exhibits, Analogies, Testimonials, and Statistics)
C. Work ONLY on things that will give you a return on your investment and do not squander time. Make sure that leaders delegate the mission along with the tasks.
D. Find fun, exciting ways to award and receive financial, professional, and spiritual rewards.
T - Be Transparent
R - Be Responsive
U - Use Care
S - Be Sincere
T - Be Trustworthy