Trust. Leadership. Engagement. Three Illustrations that demonstrate the issues…

As I continue playing with the main design aspects of my new teambuilding game framed up on the theme of trust, three illustrations just seemed to appear, so I took the time to pop them into a powerpoint file and take some screenshots. The first one sets of the issues as a lot of managers look at things:

Square Wheels image Trust Manager viewpoint


and the reality that the wagon pusher might not know if the people at the back of the wagon, the pushers, are actually pushing.

The next cartoon frames up the issue with a bit more perspective, along with a quote from my friend Frank Navran about trust being the residue of promises fulfilled, that trust builds over time and over experiences:

SWs Trust Manager viewpoint Navran


Note that not much has really changed. But with the understanding that there is an underside to every surface, that there are two sides to the coin, we also have something important happening along these lines:

Square Wheels Image Trust Pusher viewpoint Navran


Yes, Trust IS the residue of promises fulfilled and trust also operates on a two way street in most organizations. Workers need to earn and keep the trust of managers and managers also need to earn and keep the trust of the workforce to move things forward.

I hope you like the cartoons and ideas here as much as I do.

image of the Square Wheels Guy, Dr. Scott Simmerman

Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.

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