Friday Thoughts: The Speed of Trust
In a recent episode of The Dave Ramsey Show, Dave explained to a caller the importance of trust in the workplace*. The caller’s question involved an employee being dishonest, and the manager was unsure how to handle the situation. Dave was quick to respond by saying, “Organizations run at the speed of trust,” and he went on to explain how a business’ workday grinds to a halt when people don’t trust each other.
A school is no different. A classroom is no different.
The hard part about trust, though, is it takes time to build on an individual basis; however, a culture of trust becomes evident for everyone on day one.
When we communicate clear expectations and then follow through, students trust what we say.
When we establish routines and then work the routines, students trust the processes.
When we explain rules and policies and then hold students accountable, students trust that we’re consistent.
When we tell students we’ll treat them with respect and then treat each one with respect 10 days out of 10, students trust our promises.
When we expect Christian behavior and then model Christian behavior, students trust that Christian behavior is right and good.
But when trust breaks down— when we fail to live up to our end of the process or when students fail to live up to theirs— our school and our classrooms grind to a halt. It’s then our job as teachers and leaders to right the ship, reestablish a culture of trust, begin rebuilding the trust, and move forward.
Dave’s on to something with the idea that organizations run at the speed of trust, and I believe our school year is off to a great start and is moving at a good pace. Let’s keep it up!
*The conversation is the first call of the Friday, August 19 show, and you can listen to it here.