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Who do you trust?

Dear Reader,

There are people I trust, and others I do not. Who I trust largely depends on the context of the conversation. For example, if we are talking crypto-currencies, I trust my friend Luke Stokes. He has proven to me time and time again that he understands the domain-space and has earned my trust.

When it comes to programming, Robert (Uncle Bob) Martin is a trusted source for me. You are welcome to espouse any opinion on programming that you may have but if you disagree with Uncle Bob (and you are not someone like James Gosling) then no, I will not trust you. If you do it often enough I’ll learn not to trust you at all.

Our world increases it’s dependency on software each and every year. I trust those who have studied it, who have learned it, and who have a proven track record of doing it right over someone who  has not; experience matters. If I am having open heart surgery, I want the most experienced doctor doing it. Not someone who has 5 years experience and has developed a new way of doing it. (Let them experiment on someone else) :)

It’s not a matter of respect – I can be respectful to both parties, even the one I disagree with – it’s a matter of earned trust.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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p.s. if probably goes without saying but if you dn’t trust me, ignore this blog post. :)

Leaders have to earn trust

Dear Reader,

  1. Leaders earn trust from their followers.
  2. Leaders give trust to their followers.

To be a leader, you have to understand that trust is not bi-lateral.

You don’t get trust from someone just because you trusted them. That may be the first step in the process, but it is probably not the only step. You have to show that you are a good steward of their trust. The impetus is on you, the leader, to actively earn the trust.

On the other hand, one of the many ways you can earn the trust of your followers is to trust them. To give someone your trust and let them grow and flourish in their role.

Earn your followers trust by trusting in them; or destroy their trust by making them earn it first.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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