by: Sigurd Rinde
Written by Robert F. Hurley, it is not a bad article in itself, it makes for a good analysis and offers many good points given it's starting point:
"Roughly half of all managers don't trust their leaders" stemming from a survey of 450 executives by the author. I have no problem in believing that.
Then Hurley goes on to describe his ten factor model for making a decision to trust or not.
That's when I protest. Humbly of course, but sternly.
In my view there is only one factor. One reality, nothing to manage at all, it's binary:
Transparency equals trust.
No transparency, no trust. Complete transparency, complete trust. End of issue. And there is nothing called "half transparency" - one snippet missing, then no transparency and no trust.
If I can see (or think I can, or would be able to) all of what my boss is up to, I'd trust him. Nothing to think over, nothing to manage.
If I know where my kids are and who they're with (and I know those kids) and I know his mobile phone is switched on - then I'm at ease.
If I can look over the shoulders and see whatever my colleagues are up to at any time, well, then I trust they're at it. And I can check if I get the urge to refresh my trust.
I could even trust a bandit if he was completely transparent. Obviously I would also know in what areas I could not trust him, like not giving him my credit card.
And the 50% who does not trust their boss? Of course, there is not much transparency in the current workplace model, organisational hierarchies are not designed with that in mind. I am actually more surprised that 50% actually trust their boss :)
Awast ye scurvy hierarchies! (I say again)
And when I'm at it - please, please do not complicate life when it is simple, it gets so complicated...