Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Do people trust you--do you trust others?


Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, riffs off on the matter of trust. Do you trust your boss? Do people trust you?

I would ask--trust to do what? Look out for you? Look out for themselves? Tell you the truth? Loop you in?

Business is business--I have found that it pays to be somewhat cautious about trust in the workplace. The stakes--as Bruzzese points out--are pretty high. Don't tell people things you don't want to get out.

First, reputation is not a good indicator. A person may have a rep as a straight shooter--but may not always be one.

Look for body language clues--evasiveness and so on. A gut feeling. But--she says--don't blindly trust your gut--sometimes intelligence is also reliable.

And the higher someone goes on the ladder--the less they need to trust others or be trustworthy. Remember that.

I read a story the other day about how the bigs like Google are paying the office popular person to push the party line. Can you trust this?

Ack.

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