A low trust environment is detrimental to relationships, churches, our businesses, and places of work. Here are 10 things that will promote low trust:
1. Dishonesty. The smallest of lies, casts suspicion on everything else you do.
2. Broken promises. Not following through with your word.
3. Changing plans because something else—a better offer—comes along.
4. Not keeping confidences and gossip. The minute a person talks to you about someone behind their back, you should assume they will talk to that someone about you–behind your back. Silence that person. Not only let them know you will not listen to them, but silence them. Let them know it’s inappropriate to spread gossip and rumor.
5. Bureaucratic politicking. People out for their own gain, full of agenda, willing to sabotage others; having to adhere to unending policies and authorizations before anything gets done.
6. Micromanaging people. It tells people they are babies and shows you don’t believe in them.
7. Not valuing or recognizing people or their input, and taking their credit.
8. Not listening to people—shows you don’t value them.
9. Unethical behavior.
10. Ethical but incompetent behavior.
The Trust Series:
1. What is trust?
2. A lack of trust
3. Trust is tangible
4. Trust and suspicion
5. A track record of trust
6. Love does not guarantee trust
7. Burden of trust
8. The transparency of trust
9. 10 ways to build trust
10. 10 things that promote low trust