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“The survey said we scored high in trust,” the manager told me. “But I’m not sure it’s the sort of trust our team needs to succeed.”


Certain types of trust are destructive. Here are five forms:


1. I trust you not to make things difficult for me.
2. We trust each other not to draw unnecessary attention to ideas that will require more work.
3. I trust you not to challenge my thinking.
4. We trust you to be normal and act like you’ve always acted.
5. I trust you to only speak to me about your problems.


Rarely do teams utter these statements. They don’t have to: The moment you walk into a meeting you can smell these ill-conceived arrangements, most of which are designed for self-preservation.


Achievers despise this approach because it is painfully restrictive. To them,

–  Trust doesn’t limit potential; it expands opportunities.

–  Trust doesn’t target comfort; it ensures security. (The difference between the two is significant.)

–   Trust doesn’t censor and separate; it drives inclusion and expands teamwork.


What if what we think trust is, isn’t trust at all? Most importantly, what type of trust does your team need to win?


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