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Without Trust,
Life is Not Worth Living

-- Confucius

Trusted to Lead ®

Building a World
You Can Trust

System of Trust, LLC presents Trusted to Lead Workshops for Executives & Managers who want to create an extraordinary difference


System of Trust is a Joint Venture Affiliate of the Warren Company

Trust is one of the most central issues in a democratic society. It underpins everything we engage in.

Whether it be business, government, non-profits, community, or sports coaching, unless the leader can build a foundation of trust, all other efforts will be lost on the organization.

We are dedicated to Building a World You Can Trust through workshops, presentations, coaching, and training other coaches.

Two world renowned experts, Dr. Paul R. Lawrence, Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School and Robert Porter Lynch, the leading "architect" of strategic alliances have worked for years developing structures, methods, and insights on how people cooperate to gain extraordinary results.

In Trusted to Lead these two individuals have joined forces, integrated two breakthrough approaches to the issue of trust. These breakthroughs are being presented to leaders of the future through the publication their book Trusted to Lead (publication date 2011) and Trusted to Lead workshops, which are available now.

Don't miss this unprecedented opportunity to gain access to this breakthrough in thought and action about trust.

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The Breakdown in Trust

Why has the crisis in trust occurred? One of the reasons is because, as a civilization, we have relegated trust to a backwater of understanding. Students don’t take even a one hour course in trust. Universities don’t offer a book on trust in their bookstores. Strangely, what’s more, no one has ever advocated that trust is far more than platitudes, philosophies, and ethics. As a consequence, trust has been far too vague and undefined.  

Ethics are Insufficient, Relationships are Essential

Ethics will not solve these problems, because ethics do not create trust, they just help to diminish distrust. Good ethics do not, inherently create powerful trust.

Trust is fundamentally about relationships. However, the psychologists who predominate as writers in this realm all say that trust is important, but don’t lay out a firm plan or program or process on how to build, sustain, or rebuild trust. The other authorities on trust tend to take a more philosophical approach, based on values. However, the focus on values is highly symbolic and does not adequately address the behaviors/actions that produce trust or distrust. The impact of philosophy and values , no matter the gravitas, is debatable.

The Critical Missing Elements of Trust

Ask yourself a few questions:

  • How many people in this world to you really trust?
    Is it a surprisingly small number?
  • What happened the last time you were betrayed?
    How did you feel? What did you do in response?
  • How important is trust in your life?
  • When was the last time a relationship – a friendship, a teammate, a family member, or a lover – fell apart because there was some breech of trust?
  • How many relationships in your life have been damaged because trust failed or faltered?
  • What do you really know about trust?
    Is what you think you know about trust really enough?
    Is what you know about trust really a just an agglomeration of fuzzy philosophies, platitudes, generalizations, and slogans?
  • Do you believe that trust is a “natural act?”
  • Can you create a team or love anyone fully without trusting?

Some People have asked about the Confucius quote:
“Without Trust, Life is Not Worth Living.”

It’s actually a condensation of a longer quote that goes like this:

A seeker of wisdom asked Confucius what his politics were.
Confucius replied, “It is to provide food, protect people with armaments, and gain trust from people.”
The seeker asked further, “Which should we abandon first if our country is forced to abandon food, weapons, or trust?
Confucius replied, “Abandon weapons first, then food. But never abandon trust. People cannot get on without trust. Trust is more important than life.”

I asked myself these questions, and was thoroughly dissatisfied with my own answers. What’s more, for something so vital and central to our lives, I couldn’t find anyone or a book that really addressed the issue of trust in any kind of a systematic manner. After thousands of years of civilization I wondered: Why had no one ever written down the system or “design” of trust?

What then was the architecture of trust? Could this be a critical missing link in the advancement of civilization? Something we need critically now?

Essence of Design

Throughout my career I have sought and successful created the Architectures for Strategic Alliances, and later for Collaborative Innovation, developing extensive best practice architectures over the years.

For this book I have used the learnings from 35 years as a business leader and practitioner, plus a set of best-in-class and worst-to-first case analyses of how leaders use trust to spur sustainable worst-to-first turnarounds or build best-in-class organizations. This analysis embraced not only private sector companies, but also sports teams and government organizations. Because most of these great leaders were "intuitives," they didn't realize they had a "system" that not only built trust, but as a consequence, spurred tremendous performance.

By carefully analyzing their intuitive approach, their pattern has been transformed into a replicable system. We believe that current thinking about trust is woefully inadequate, and our framework may significantly shift the thinking about trust.

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