Below is a short interview I believe you will find interesting. On Day 530 I wrote about the possible fallout from the hit on Osama Bin Laden. One key issue on my mind is the loss of trust between Pakistan and the US. CNN interviewed Ex-president Musharraf and they talk about this trust deficit. He speaks of his ability to build trust with the USA as well as calling the breach of airspace an act of war. After watching the video, take the poll below.
If you were a Pakistani citizen, what level of trust you would have for the USA?
I watched this TED talk from Rick Elias, he is a survivor of the USAir 1529 flight that went down in the Hudson River. Rick was forced to face the possibility of his own death, and was miraculously given more time. As a result he’s changed the way he treats the people around him. After listening to his story I feel more appreciative for my life and the people I love. Check it out.
500 days!!! I can’t believe the Trust Tour is already half over.
I kicked off the second half of the Trust Tour in San Francisco. I arrived late in the evening and in the morning I found myself heading toward the bay, it draws you in. It was a beautiful morning, the sun was rising just as I reached a park about half mile from the Golden Gate Bridge. As I observed the scene, I was struck by the two contrasting structures in front of me. To my left is the massive Golden Gate Bridge and to the right, the island prison of Alcatraz. The both loomed large. I stood for a while realizing they could be symbols the human struggle I have been trying to understand. The bridge representing all that we want - innovation, opportunity, beauty, integrity , trust, connection and Alcatraz representing all that destroys our lives corruption, lying, stealing, separation, selfishness, fear, pain.
They were giving out a clear message, we all live with ability to build bridges and prison in our own lives. These physical structures are a manifestation of the challenges each one of us faces everyday. If have the choice how can we build more bridges. This is what I want to learn in the next 500 days.
Above is a short video which explains my thoughts in this moment.
Study reveals how, why and to whom people make, keep and break promises
Richmond, VA, February 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW). Keeping their word. This is the number one reason Americans aim to keep a promise, according to the recent Genworth Promises Survey. The survey, designed to uncover why and to whom people make and keep promises, also revealed that people are highly motivated by family priorities. Sixty percent of U.S. adults reported they keep promises to satisfy a loved one, and 59 percent to show they care. When it came to delivering on their promises, more than half of those who have ever made a promise, 65 percent, gave themselves an “A” in keeping promises. The Genworth Promises Survey, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive® among 2,235 U.S. adults aged 18+ on behalf of Genworth Financial was released today.
Genworth Financial is committed to helping customers keep their most important promises: those that will protect their family, their lifestyle and their retirement. To that end, Genworth conducted this survey as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to understand how and to whom Americans make commitments, particularly when it comes to saving and planning for the future.
The survey also provided insight into why people don’t keep promises. Men more often attributed lack of time and forgetfulness as the reasons why they break promises more so than women, and women blamed finances as the culprit more than men.
“Overall, the Genworth Promises study revealed that Americans today have a strong desire to be reliable, but also found a strong commitment to being fiscally conservative in today’s socioeconomic environment,” said Kathleen Gurney, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Financial Psychology Corporation. “It also showed that women and men differ on what promises they chose to make and why they sometimes break promises even if it’s not the intention.By working together and building on each other’s strengths, couples can find ways to help each other keep their promises to their loved ones, and together reach their goals of being dependable spouses, family members, parents and friends.”
The survey showed that across the board, men and women promised to save more and spend less in 2011; however, the survey did show differences in how men and women planned to do this. According to the survey, women are more likely to promise to create a budget than men, and men are more likely to save for retirement/education and invest than women.
“The survey results indicate that people today want to be dependable members of their family; they want to be there for those that need them. We want to be able to make promises, and keep our word in the moments that matter for our families, whether it’s a promise to save for a child’s future, stick to the family budget, or provide a fruitful retirement,” said Gurney.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Genworth Financial from October 29 – November 2, 2010 among 2,235 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact email@example.com.
About Genworth Financial
Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a leading Fortune 500 global financial security company. Genworth has more than $100 billion in assets and employs approximately 6,500 people with a presence in more than 25 countries. Its products and services help meet the investment, protection, retirement and lifestyle needs of more than 15 million customers. Genworth operates through three segments: Retirement and Protection, U.S. Mortgage Insurance and International. Its products and services are offered through financial intermediaries, advisors, independent distributors and sales specialists. Genworth Financial, which traces its roots back to 1871, became a public company in 2004 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit Genworth.com. From time to time Genworth releases important information via postings on its corporate website. Accordingly, investors and other interested parties are encouraged to enroll to receive automatic email alerts and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds regarding new postings. Enrollment information is found under the “Investors” section of Genworth.com.
A few months ago month I met a fellow who is a journalist and videographer for a cup of coffee. I was telling him about my plans for the Trust Tour and asking his advice about how to best share what I am learning. His experience includes work done for programs like 60 minutes and 20/20 and I respect his opinion. He helped talk through my goals and then began to help me see an opportunity to make a documentary film. Within a few hours I had decided to focus my attention on making a documentary movie about the journey. I am now on my way to making that film.
Last night my son Kevin brought to my attention the video above. Although it is a few blocks away from what I am doing (as my friend described it), this is a great model for me and gives me more enthusiasm to complete my work. I won’t be blogging everyday anymore but I will update you on what I am learning at least once a week and more often when I can. Thanks for following me on the Trust Tour and let me know if you want to be part of the film either as a interviewee or support person.
You might remember my introduction of Bo Burlingham on Day 311. Bo is the author of two of my favorite business books, “The Great Game of Business” and “Small Giants”. He has been an executive at Inc. Magazine almost from the beginning; these days choosing to act as their editor-at-large. I met with Bo at his home near Oakland California. When I arrived, I was greeted by grandchildren sweeping the driveway and steps (entrepreneurs in training). Bo offered me water and a comfortable chair overlooking the Bay. It was a Sunday afternoon and I was about to have a chat on my favorite subject with someone who has a unique perspective, this is living!
When I introduced Bo in episode one, I promised he had more pearls of wisdom to offer, well here you go. This time Bo talks about how business is moving from Command and Control to Trust and Track. The best ideas are always simple but powerful and this one is no exception. This thinking is some of the best I have heard in a long, long time. The bonus is, Bo can explain the basics in about 5 minutes. It is most definitely worth the time, enjoy.