Today at The Public Library of Youngstown, Vice Admiral John LaPlante presented to the Friends of the Library at Austintown, Ohio, the details of that culture. He defined "trust" as the belief that one's fellow fighters and the leader would not waste your life. Yes, you could die in battle. But from the get-go you would know that act would not be irrelevant.
The question on my mind, as a business communicator, was: Can that value of trust be taught to business leaders?
Annually, the public relations firm Edelman presents the Trust Barometer. Recently the numbers have not been good for business.
And within business circles, there hasn't been too much trust. That contract which once existed, for example, between employer and employee has been blown into a million pieces. In exchange for hard work and loyalty, the workforce could expect job security. Currently, instead of trust, both sides seem to fill the moat with alligators and pull down the drawbridge. There's no reaching each other and establishing common ground.
While I was listening to LaPlante I was envisioning business leaders attending military boot camp. Directly and by osmosis they would pick up the essence of trust. Perhaps boards of directors should mandate that learning experience.
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