Trust is like a Strong Tower

“Trust is like a strong tower built stone by stone. But no matter how tall it is, and how strong it appears, it will collapse when stones are removed from the base by lies and deception.” – Michael Josephson

The leadership challenge in building police-community trust.

It is hard to believe how little progress we have made since Rodney King to create positive, trusting police-community relations. Despite mountains of reports, new rules, policies and training materials accompanied by sincere rhetoric, the likelihood of explosive incidents like the current ones in Ferguson Missouri and New York City seems as great or greater than it was in the …

BUSINESS ETHICS INSIGHT: If you treasure trust and the good reputation it can produce, remember the oath you are required to take before you testify in court: “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” – Michael Josephson

I’ve never worked with a corporation that did not talk about the importance of trust as a critical component of a critical business asset – reputation. Yet I’ve worked with quite a few folks who failed to see the inevitable connection between outright lies and more subtle forms of deception and credibility, the basis of trust. Lots of people wend …