By Robert Zagożdżon, Coach, Entrepreneur, Soul of Business
Many companies, manage their information in an undemocratic way. The person in charge keeps the knowledge to himself (or herself), thinking that one with the access to the information has the power.
In today’s multimedia world, such a thing should not be a surprise. Information can be a very successful and often dangerous tool of power. This can be often seen in politics and political marketing. However, managing your employees through wide access to information can be just a stepping stone to the next level – managing through trust.
Information and competencies should be passed onto the people who can make good use of them. Entrusted with such tasks promptly, they can takeover the supervisor’s tasks. This way, the employees can do the tasks of their bosses, who in turn can switch their attention to more pressing duties. Mountain climbing is a perfect analogy for this solution. The leader selects the path and secures hooks in the rocks for him and the partner below him. But in order for both partners to ascend and reach the top, there has to be mutual trust. If it’s lacking, than the decision making process becomes far more difficult and the ability to take risks is gone.
The same can be applied to business relations. Let’s start with self-trust. If the mountain climber doesn’t trust his own abilities, he doesn’t dare try to climb another steep face, as he is afraid of failing and even dying in the process. If the person trusts himself in life and in business, he becomes authentic and happy. If you’re planning to enter into a relationship, whether personal or professional, the trust issue is the fundamental base of any connection. If you do not trust yourself, you will not be able to build trust with anyone else. With bigger trust, the results might come quicker and easier. To put it in layman’s terms – with more trust comes more influence. Influence on different levels – managing, processes execution, ability to manage people and motivate them to act further (excerpt from the “Bogiem a Prawdą” book).