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    Four Guys and Shindig | Trust & Accountability



    People sometimes ask me how I stay grounded and on track amidst such busy travel and life schedule. While I certainly can be better, several things come to mind. Strong family, faith, and friendships are at the top of the list. Though I am passionate about The Trust Edge message I don’t get my life from it. One of the most important part of my life has been four guys and Shindig.

    Over twenty years ago I met Scott, Jason, and Joe while attending the same college. Junior year we started meeting together on Thursday nights, whether we had exams the next day or not. We took the apartment phone off the hook to avoid interruptions, and we really protected that time. We asked each other deep and challenging questions, encouraged each other, and held each other to be accountable to high standards.

    We four guys still meet annually for something we call Shindig. I just got back from this year's Shindig, which was, once again, deeply encouraging, challenging and refreshing. Yes, we might have some fun skiing or snowmobiling at the beautiful cabin we often go to in northern Minnesota, but more than that, for four days we share through a series of questions. Each guy usually shares for about 3 hours on everything from family to faith to fitness to finances. We ask each other how we could be better leaders, husbands and friends. We challenge each other to use finances and resources for what we really believe in. We pray for each other. What happens? Better marriages, families, leaders, and companies. Several of us have started organizations because of the encouragement of this group. All of us have changed the way we live for the better!

    One of the most important parts of my life are these guys sharpening and encouraging me. You can see a few accountability questions HERE.


    Top 10 Trust Inhibitors | Trust in Leadership


    Trust. It's becoming a prevailing word in society. We know we need more, but where does one start? One important initial step is to identify some of the inhibitors. Check out this list and consider your team's greatest current challenges. How can you and your company or family break through them?

    1. Vagueness or ambiguity 
    2. Lack of transparency 
    3. Lack of accountability 
    4. Unfair power relations 
    5. Gossip 
    6. Self-centeredness or ego 
    7. Lack of integrity 
    8. Inability to include others 
    9. Closed-mindedness 
    10. Dishonesty

    How to Motivate Contribution | Trust in Leadership


    There are plenty of people who want to make a difference but haven’t put their vision into action. Contribution is tied to action. You have to actually do something to get anything done. A friend, author, and small business expert, Mark LeBlanc, says, “Done is better than perfect.” What a great statement. We can become paralyzed, because we want something to be perfect. I am all for excellence, but sometimes a line needs to be drawn between finished and perfect. Even while I worked on my book project, I thought of all the research that I had not shared. There are compelling stories coming out every day that are pertinent to this topic. At some point, good enough and done becomes better than perfect and not done. 

    Entrepreneurs can have a problem here. They often have a big vision with big ideas. But the reason many new companies fail is a lack of implementation of those ideas. Two hundred great ideas are worth less than one good idea carried out to completion. The truth is that if people are consistently waiting for you to deliver, you’re not only costing them precious hours or days, but you are also destroying their trust in you. Perform great work, but know when to move it to completion.  

    6 Ways to Motivate Contribution: 

    1. Example: People do what they see. Actions speak much louder than words.
    2. Expectation: People generally step up to what is expected of them. Expect the best and you just might get it.
    3. Education: Teach people what they need to know to do their job well. 
    4. Encouragement: No one gets enough of it. Encouragement delivered sincerely is golden. 
    5. Empower: Provide the resources needed to do the job effectively. 
    6. Extending Trust: Done with discernment, extending trust to others proves to be a great motivator of innovation and productivity.


    * partial excerpt from The Trust Edge


    10 Step Process for Instituting Trusted Change | Trust in Leadership


    One of the most important roles of leadership involves instituting change that sticks. It's no easy process, and it will always look unique to the situation, but here's a simple 10 step model we use each time. Note the pillars from the 8 pillar framework of trust that are most important in each step.


    1. Build a unified and trusted spearhead team. (Connection, Character, and Commitment) 


    2. Establish a clear and pressing need for change. (Clarity) 


    3. Formulate a clear and unifying vision. (Clarity) 


    4. Build a specific and actionable strategy. (Clarity and Consistency) 


    5. Enable and equip all shareholders to implement change. (Competency) 


    6. Act on strategy daily. (Contribution) 


    7. Share the vision often. (Clarity and Consistency) 


    8. Celebrate and recognize improvement, big and small. (Compassion) 


    9. Deepen change by systemizing processes and offering ongoing training. (Competency) 


    10. Review progress, ensure ongoing integrity, and assess need for future change. (Commitment and Character) 

    Roselinde Torres on Great Leadership | Trust in Leadership

    Great leaders of the 21st century ask 3 questions:

    1. Where are you looking to anticipate the next change?

    2. What is the diveristy measure of your network?

    3. Are you courageous enough to abandon the past?

    To continue growing, consider watching this 9 minute video and answering these questions for yourself!

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