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  • (Day 637) If

    My son told me of this poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling written from a father to a son. In this case it is my son who is the teacher. It is interesting to note in he speaks of trusting yourself in the very beginning of the poem.

    If you can keep your head when all about you

    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

    But make allowance for their doubting too:

    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,

    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

    And treat those two impostors just the same:

    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings


  • (Day 636) Trusting Our Communities

    I met two new interesting people at lunch today, Allen and Varcy.  I guess it is no BIG surprise we ended up talking about trust and integrity.  Everyone seems to have an opinion on the subject and these folks were no exception. We talked for about an hour and at the end they let me take their picture.

    We spoke about how culture impacts our ability to trust. The culture we were speaking about was that of our family, community, and even the country. When it came to our country, we talked about getting the federal government to see trusting local communities is the way out of several current social problems. Allen and Varcy believe local people would absolutely  rise to the challenge of taking care of their own, if the government would trust them to do so. This is a bit of an over simplification of a longer conversation. However the basic thought is to do away with the entitlement mentality as it puts people in chains and disempowers families and communities. There is a need to shift to a responsibility culture, one where the individual is responsible for themselves and to their community.

    Are they right, or are these days gone forever?  What do you think?

    When it comes to the national debt  they had another ineresting suggestion. With the caveat that the government must get its spending under control, they again want the government to trust us to care about our own country. They suggested we put a box people could check on their tax returns to donate money towards the payoff the our national debt. Hmm, interesting idea, what is the downside?

    What do you think? Would you donate money to the government to pay off our debt? Would you trust them?

    When it comes to the stock market we also talked about greed vs fear and how when people are feeling scared they sell fast. When they are feeling trustful or opportunistic, the stock market goes up. We are trading on the deep fear side these days and it may be a while before we collectively trust our economy again. They seemed to think people are going to be more fearful for a long time to come. What do you think?   Are we getting more fearful or more opportunistic? I would like to hear your thoughts on all these questions.

    Thanks Allen and Varcy  for the great conversation, I trust you!

  • (Day 635) Values Lost

    I took these photo’s recently while on tour.  I was about to tell you the story of my experience,  but then I looked at them and I thought  - they tell their own story. What do you think they are saying.  I would like your reaction. What do think the story is – what do  they mean to you?

  • (Day 634) The First Day Of The Last Year Of The Trust Tour

    The irony of this blog is the teacher became the student. I started out sharing a story about paying attention to the small lies, when towards the end of my comments I caught myself telling a small lie. The voice inside my head was saying, it was no big deal. All I did was say I was recording this on August 22 when it was actually the 23rd. It was no big deal, no one was hurt nobody would even care… right?

    Wrong, at least for me. It is the practice of not letting this small mistakes happen or if they do quickly correctly them which is integrity. I accidentally made my own the point more vivid by making the mistake live, but quickly acknowledging it and fixing it. It was much more effective then the story I was telling about a women I read about in Nevada.

    I work on this everyday – and I am still making these kind of mistakes.  What’s the message?  I think my mistake speaks for itself, or as they say in Latin – Res ipsa loquitur

  • (Day 633) No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

    No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

    While riding my bike this morning, I was thinking about good deeds. The Trust Tour has me going out of my way to do things right,  even if someone else caused the problem. I think of it as cleaning up our trust ecosystem.  Recently I started to wonder if this was really worth the effort. Does anyone really care, worse often pain is associated with it. I give a few simple examples in the video above.

    You know how it works, you try to help someone and they end up getting mad at you. Or you lend someone your bike and it gets stolen, stuff like that.

    ‘What do you think, is it still worth doing good deeds, even if you get no credit, or worse, if you get punished for it?

  • (Day 632) I Trust iPrayer

    First came the iPod, then the iPhone. Now there’s iPrayer.

    Good news the Roman Catholic church has approved an app for people who have broken down trust. Sinners who are too busy to get to church can now confess online.

    According to the article below the application invites users to examine their consciences and confess to their sins. But it won’t replace the old-school booth. The app, which costs $1.99, just goes through the motions of confession, but church goers must see a priest for absolution. The Vatican has made major steps to embrace the 21st century. Just last month, Pope Benedict XVI gave his blessing to social networking, declaring, “I would like then to invite Christians, confidently and with an informed and responsible creativity, to join the network of relationships which the digital era has made possible.” Read more about the article here.

    From a trust perspective I wonder what you think about online confessions. Do you go to confession? Do you have concerns about who is reading these confessions and where they are being stored etc. or do you trust the church with some of your most private information? Vote on it here…

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  • (Day 631) Low’s Laws Part II

    On day 630 of the Trust Tour I introduced you to Robert Low who is the author of Low’s Laws, a guide to effective leadership. Today we are talking about nobility, something that is desperately missing from our society. Thank you Robert  for your unique insight!

    Low’s Law #75: Nobility is not defined by position but rather is defined by actions.

    In days gone by in many countries there was a “Noble” class of people. Nobility was measured by position and in these cases position was a matter of birth. However, nobility is not a virtue that is guaranteed by position. In fact many people of “position” have proven to lack nobility. And many people from common roots have been examples of great nobility.

    The leaders at Enron were people of great position who very obviously lacked any nobility. Whereas people like, Dr. Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mother Theresa were very humble people who demonstrated great nobility. Noble people understand servant leadership. They understand that their status in life is not as important as the needs of those they serve.

    A noble leader understands that their position is one of stewardship responsibility. They understand that it is not about them. It is about others! Nobility is not measured by your position. It is measured by your actions! Noble people understand Low’s Law #14 and do right or good voluntarily.

    Because you are the CEO—that does not automatically make you noble. Nobility will be measured by how you act and the legacy that you create. If you want to be a person of nobility—then act in noble ways. Be a servant to others. Make the lives of others better. Help people grow, allow customers to be satisfied, and provide shareholders a fair return. Be a good steward of the resources at your disposal.

    Special thanks to Todd Welch for inviting me to be on the Trust Tour. Amongst great social and economic unrest, Todd’s work and mission is one of great importance to our current and future generations.

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