Trust

Who do you trust?

This is vitally important to you and your career, because it’s not just who you trust, but who trusts you?

They won’t tell you straight up, but you might start to deduce that you’re not trusted from some key signs:

  • You are involved in projects late or not at all and you are not included in important conversations.
  • You are frustrated at things not getting done and nobody seems to hear when you talk about the issues.
  • People listen to what you have to say, then do things a completely different way. Or they ask questions in a way that makes it clear they don’t think you did your research.
  • People avoid coming to talk to you about things. Instead, you learn a lot by email, and some of them are copied to your boss.

So your projects and ultimately your career are going to get royally messed up without a foundation of trust. Just stop and think about your next critical project, and what it will be like if your team members don’t trust you or each other.

This quote from Stephen Covey really hit home for me: “In a high-trust relationship, you can say the wrong thing and people will still get your meaning. In a low-trust relationship, you can be very measured, even precise, and they’ll still misinterpret you.”

You can’t afford to have distrust in your critical projects if you want them to succeed.

On the flip side, when there is trust between departments in an organization, projects move faster, have lower cost, and better outcomes.

So, join Moira Edwards from Ellipsis Partners, Rebecca Achurch from Achurch Consulting, and René Shonerd from AIHA at the ASAE Technology Conference on Tuesday December 12, at 10:15 AM for our session on Building Cross-Departmental Trust for IT Success.

Capping a year of sessions about trust in IT projects, this session will clearly identify the sources of trust and mistrust, and provides clear tactics for building trust in your projects.

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