“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
― Stephen R. Covey
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
― Ernest Hemingway
Trust is the single most important thing that you can build as a teacher or administrator, and it is imperative that we look at how we develop trusting relationships within our organizations before we look to move forward. I am a big fan of Stephen Covey’s work and he talks about the importance of “character and credibility”. We will look at the notion of “credibility” later, but basically if you do not have the “character” that people trust, then it does not matter how smart or knowledgeable your staff finds you. You will lose them.
So based on those notions, here are a few ideas of things that you can blog about for this week (always optional):
- How do you work to build trust starting in a new place?
- When you lose trust, what do you do to try to regain what you do?
- In a world with social media so evident, how do you use that technology to create a transparent culture within your community?
Hope you are having a great week! Most Canadian educators will be back within a week if they are not already so mostly everyone in the program will be in full swing at school.