Trust is a must or bust

low trust = Toxic Teams = Kills Employee Engagement

Trust is almost at an all-time low. The 2013 Edelman 2013 Trust Barometer highlights a crisis in REAL leadership.


Only 15% of people in the U.S. believe business leaders will tell the truth when confronted with a difficult issue. Low trust causes toxic and disruptive teams, destroys teamworking, and toxic teams kill employee engagement!

As paradoxical as it sounds, if you want to increase engagement, don’t work on it. We have found that increasing trust by learning specific high-trust behaviors more directly increases engagement.

The Research shows that a 10% increase in trust has the same impact on employee satisfaction as a 36% increase in pay.

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Team Building or Team Bonding

Staff team building or team bonding workshops to transform trust levels

Staff team building or team bonding

What is the difference between Team Building and Team Bonding


Team Building

is the structural understanding, clarifications, framework, agreements, dependencies, strengths, weaknesses, responsibilities, roles, rules of engagement, communications, values, destiny, cause and calling, etc…. essentially functional trust building and connecting on a head level.

Team Bonding

…is the “attractiveness” of each others’, personality, attitudes, energies, mindsets, contribution and the depth of the connections and relationships. It’s the propensity or safety to be emotionally trusting and safe enough to be vulnerable in the team space. This is appreciative and emotional trust building and connection on a heart level. and also includes happiness at work, leading tribes, and building psychological capital .



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    New research in Psychological Science suggests that certain group compositions may lead to elevated levels of conflict and inefficiency.

    PROBLEM: Though many believe that equality within a team is important, does this flat power structure really improve a group’s performance?

    METHODOLOGY: Researchers led by Richard Ronay randomly assigned 138 undergraduate students to one of three experimental conditions — primed to feel high in power, low in power, and baseline or control.

    They organized subjects into same-sex teams of three high-power participants and three low-power participants or groups with one high-power, one low-power, and one baseline participant.

    They then measured the teams’ performance in a task that required group interdependence wherein each member was required to make words from 16 letters and then work as a group to combine the words into as many sentences as possible.

    They also measured how the groups fared on a second task that did not require subjects to coordinate their efforts.

    RESULTS: The groups with hierarchies were more productive than the teams with either all high-power or all low-power members. This hierarchy benefit was evident when group members were required to work on a task together, but not when they were working alone.

    CONCLUSION: A built-in hierarchy helps a team work effectively on collaborative tasks.

    IMPLICATION: When there are too many leaders or too few followers, group performance suffers as members jostle to take control. The authors say in a statement that a clear power structure and division of labor can reduce group conflicts and improve productivity.

    SOURCE: The full study, “The Path to Glory Is Paved With Hierarchy: When Hierarchical Differentiation Increases Group Effectiveness,” is published in the journal Psychological Science.

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