What is bothering me…

Trust is such a fragile thing. One knows that to be trusted is to trust. But what if you give trust – and it is not reciprocated. Is it a one off, can never ever be regained? Does trust need to be earned back, or proved? Isn’t this a contradiction in terms.

Jim Collins told us that values are the essence of great businesses. But trust throughout business is the basis for all values. No one can be in business, or lead a successful business if they don’t trust those around them. If there are caveats on that trust then surely by definition it is not trust.

The basic premise of family is trust and shared values. Communities are founded on trust… by very nature it is about give and take. But really do we trust those governing the country. I understand that politicians are considered one of the most un-trusted professions of our community (next to real estate agents according to one study). What can be done to rebuild our faith in the leadership of Australia – at all levels of government? How can leaders build our trust on both a business and personal level. Input please.

4 Responses

  1. Andrew Aloisio
    22 July 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I think the bottom line is simple, disclose objectives that can be achieved and win trust by actually delivering.

  2. Chui Tey
    22 July 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Yes, it bothers me too. The political discourse is marked by too much ankle biting, and politicians fear their next slip of the mouth will cost them votes. If businesses are run the same way, nothing worthwhile will ever be achieved.

  3. 23 July 2010 at 2:24 am

    Leaders have to actually lead not delegate, sidestep, promise, backflip, actually take ownership of their role and parties. The main problem is the two parties are too alike on various issues, both main parties are too far away from their parties core values and don’t really stand for a particular set of values. Some may say that a leader should be guiding the party but this is too naive to think the factions and key stakeholders don’t dictate the party line.

    It seems that the leaders of Australia are just happy to keep the status quo. That is as long as unemployment is below 6-7%, CPI is ok, Deficit is in check and GDP is positive then what is there to worry about. In business its as long as the share price is stable and we are growing or undertaking M&A all is rosy.

    We need leaders with vision and a strong vision of what Australia is now and what it will be in the future. Too many of these visions are really written by backroom party writers who then give summaries for sound bites and simple stats that can role off the tongue in interviews and PR stunts at schools, shopping centres, etc. As an example, What does a ‘Sustainable Australia’ mean? do most people in the public understand what the concept is? do they understand the ramifications? Are the public truly informed or too apathetic with this election as it seems a foregone conclusion?

    So how can leaders improve? Create a platform and stick to it. Create a vision for Australia and stick to it. The reason that previous leaders held office for such a long time is they where strong determined characters with vision and experience. They were characters in a true sense of the word – people that we real with flaws – too often leaders today are finessed and polished by PR firms and writers – people love real people who share experiences and the ups and downs.

    On a business level I think it takes the same sort of concept and ideals – strong character and unabiding vision, the vision may change in scope or scale but not the core values. Business leaders need to take a stance and lead from the front and willing to take the fall if it fails. It seems there are too many outs for company leaders to take a golden parachute or move on to another company – this is evident from the high turnover of CEO, COO, CFO’s in many banks and bluechip companies.

    I apologise if this all seems a little to cynical but it seems more and more people who are meant to lead and make Australia great (politicans & business leaders) are too busy looking out for No. 1.

    DISCLAIMER: I have lived in China for 5 years but have kept up to date with current affairs in Australia and returned many times.

  4. Greg the Explorer
    3 August 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Perhaps you should consider running in the next election as an independant?

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