OKTOY Blog: Focus on trust

“The ability to establish, grow, extend and restore trust with all stakeholders - customers, suppliers, investors and employees - is the critical leadership competency in the new global economy." -Stephen M. R. Covey

With countless hours spent behind the wheel traveling our state I have time to reflect and time to learn. When traveling solo I enjoy listening to books on CD. Just last week I completed The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey.

In his Speed of Trust work Covey states:

“Complex organizational problems cannot be solved with the stroke of a pen, a leadership mandate, a training program, restructuring or changing a system. These things can be helpful. However, all grand strategies must eventually degenerate down to real work done by real people. The Speed of Trust Transformation Process is leverage that dramatically impacts business outcomes through changing the performance of individuals and teams. This is not a separate initiative, rather, it is about how individuals and teams do their current work… The Speed of Trust is not a program, but a process that changes the fundamental nature of how work gets done and transforms the trajectory of an organization… Because trust is the one thing that changes everything, it is one of the most critical strategic levers you can focus on. And our experience tells us that you can impact it faster than you think!”

Coincidentally, Superintendent Hofmeister tweeted last weekend about building trust.

As human beings we all understand that trust is something that can be built and destroyed. As teachers, we start each new school year on a mission to build an environment of trust. Likewise, Superintendent Hofmeister is correct that we as stakeholders in education should begin our partnership with a focus on trust. This is a big task in a world where low trust seems to be the norm, though it is the route with the biggest dividends.

By: Jason Proctor
2015 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year





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Last updated on February 5, 2015