Trust – A Foundation for Change

By Cindy Vallance

Recently in our Change Academy blogs we have discussed principles that inform a thinking environment to foster change, overcoming myths about change, and have shared a range of perspectives on change.

For instance our 26 March blog on management with facts emphasises the importance of  trust which enables us to look at facts together to inform productive discussions.

The reality is that there can be no change without risk. And there can be no appetite for risk-taking without a strong foundation of trust.

Trust has something in common with the weather and motherhood…it is widely talked about and widely assumed to be good for organisations. ” Parke & Miller, 2000.

In the next few blogs, I will discuss why we trust, how we define trust, strategies we can use to build trust, and what we can do if trust has been eroded or broken.

“You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible. ” Anton Chekhov


One thought on “Trust – A Foundation for Change”

  1. I like the way that you make the link between trust and risk taking, Cindy.

    A helpful illustration is the quote made by an employee at a university which had successfully developed a more trusting, supportive culture: “there’s great tolerance for failure, but there is no tolerance for not trying.” Trust enables people to have the appetite that you mention; to make the effort to take risks, rather than sitting back and doing the minimum or sticking to ‘what we have always done’.

    I look forward to your future blogs.

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