The TOP 10 answers regarding trust.
1. I trust someone who does what they say they are going to do when they say they're going to do it - someone who keeps their word.
2. I trust people who "can" do what they say they'll do or let me know they can't do it.
3. I trust someone whose integrity is impeccable.
4. I trust someone until they cheat me or lie to me - and then I never trust them again.
5. It takes me a long time to trust anyone.
6. Basically I don't think people are trustworthy - so I don't trust anyone really.
7. People have to prove to me that they can be trusted before I trust them. This begs the question, what do they have to do to prove it?
8. I trust someone who can be counted on to produce results. All I care about are results.
9. I trust someone who can be counted on to stand for me no matter what.
10. I trust someone who will never say bad things about me - no matter what.
Please be aware that you won't really know what others are looking for to determine you're trustworthiness. If trust is important, then ask what it will take for them to consider you trustworthy. And trust is essential.
When trust breaks down in relationships it's just a matter of time before the relationship is over. And even though it doesn't make the headlines (as it does in Hollywood, sports and politics) - the results can be just as devastating.
When trust breaks down in organizations you can pretty much count on lack of honest communication, ineffective teamwork, poor morale, and a significant reduction in productivity, performance and results. Just forget about having breakthroughs or extraordinary success.
If you already have a reputation for being untrustworthy, it may not be easy to change that reputation and it may take some time - but for you to be effective and successful, you'd better be clear that you have to do whatever it takes to change your behaviors to the ones that will ultimately generate trust.