Dear Monday Motivator,
The following is a short excerpt from the book, Who Took My Pen … Again? on Trust.
Being trustworthy is about how you conduct yourself. It goes without saying that you should always default to being trustworthy from the get-go; exhibiting trustworthiness in how you handle
- confidential information
- corporate resources
- your time
- your tasks and assignments
It will take diligence and personal integrity to know where the line is and to remain always on the right side of it. The line is not vastly wide as though it could accommodate any number of methods of living. Trustworthiness doesn’t accommodate on again-off again vacillating activities. People who know where the line is will work hard to build trustworthiness. They will not cut corners or take rash chances with trust.
Many companies require their employees to annually certify that they read, understand, and observe a set of business conduct guidelines, so there will be no misunderstanding of what is expected of them. Proper business conduct should be obvious for administrative professionals who wish to add value every day and excel at their jobs.
You cannot assume that everyone you work with will make the same commitment to the pursuit of trustworthiness that you do. You hope they will, but there are many types of people who make many, many different life choices. Not everyone chooses to be trustworthy to the same degree. But the simple fact is that you are either trustworthy or you are not.
Some people weigh whether or not to be “trustworthy” on the likelihood of whether or not they will be observed or caught. This is not trustworthiness. Some people will not invest and work harder to take the high road unless they see first what it will get them. This is also not trustworthiness.
Once you’ve broken trust with your managers, you will be hard pressed to regain it. The small price you may “pay” for taking the high road and the longer route will be nothing compared to the loss of trust (and possible loss of employment) if you don’t.
The beauty of trustworthiness is the knowledge that you are fully trusted, and that you will do nothing to break that trust. You will protect and nurture other’s trust and faith in you. You choose to reign in your own desires, feelings, thoughts, and actions to preserve that faith and trust in you. There is a peace that comes from this, too.
Joan Burge, Contributing Author, Who Took My Pen … Again? Secrets from Dynamic Executive Assistants
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