Stephen M.R. Covey, the son of the great Stephen Covey who wrote “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” in 2006 published his own workplace transforming book titled, “The Speed of Trust.”
Ever since “trust” has been seen as the Holy Grail of workplace productivity and team performance. But, in the 15 years since, the world and our society has changed significantly.
That change has mitigated the value of trust as a value in the workplace, and as we head into the meat of the third decade of the 21st Century, we need a higher level value to get our workplaces back on track.
This was the case even before the pandemic, and now it is moreso, and its the workforce that is now demanding that new, higher level value in order for it to come back to the workplace.
That value is “respect.”
Respect is a higher value than trust and is something we need to get back to as a society and in the workplace.
But, the difference is subtle and needs exploration and that’s why I’m creating a new workshop and training for 2022.
In my experience, and reinforced in Covey Junior’s book, is much easier to define and to know if it is present, even though there are
many different contexts of trust. As I like to say, “I trust my wife. I trust my wife with my life. But, I do not trust my wife with my life when I need to go under the knife.” This is because she is not a surgeon.
Trust is always contextual and has manifold contexts. The respect contexts are much more limited, It’s my belief there are really only two contexts of respect, as a professional and as a human being.
Likewise, how people define trust and know if they trust someone or not is much clearer than it is for respect, as each person and each team or organization needs to define respect for itself to create a norms of expectations around it.
This is what we will explore and go into deep discussion at my new 2022 workshop titled, “Beyond Trust: Build Your High-Performing Teams With a Higher Value Than Trust.” I’ll be debuting this new program next March at the University of Innovative Distribution event in Indianapolis. Click the image below to learn more and join me:
Feel free to leave your answer to this question below in the comments section: “What is the difference between trust and respect, and which is more important to creating a high-performing team and why?”
Also, feel free to email me at Info@YourChampionshipCompany.com to learn more about the program and how we may be able to bring it into your workplace.