Trust Team Building Activities


Trust Walk
Pair off with someone you don’t know very well. One person keeps his eyes closed Take a couple minutes to think about the questions below then share your answers with your partner and explain the reasons behind them.
Trust Walk Questions
1. How would you describe the inner feelings that you had on the trust walk?
2. How did these feelings change when there was only verbal contact?
3. What was the most significant moment for you during your blind walk?
4. What did you discover about yourself during this time?
5. How would you describe your partner if your only experience with him was the trust walk?
6. What experiences out of your past did this blind walk bring to mind?


Trust: The Ultimate Test Second Edition is a powerful tool for helping facilitators explore this sensitive issue — without arousing defensiveness. There simply is no other product like it available today. Through Trust’s 24-item assessment and its insight on the dimensions of trust-related behaviors, participants find a deeper understanding of trust, which they can apply to their individual, team, and organizational relationships.


Learning Outcomes
Identify one’s individual tendency to trust. Understand the factors that affect the decision to trust. Discover 4 groups of behavior that indicate trust. Learn how to improve one’s trust level. Theory

Based on the elements of trust described by Mayer and others and a review of the research on trust, the evidence of trust in people’s behavior can be distilled into 4 distinct areas. These 4 areas constitute the 4 dimensions measured by the Trust self-assessment:
Evidence of Lack of Monitoring. Evidence of Benevolence. Evidence of Openness. Evidence of Risk Taking. Uses for Trust – The Ultimate Test. Trust – The Ultimate Test is appropriate to use with individuals as well as teams. The assessment is particularly helpful for these situations:

One or more low-trust relationships are hurting an entire team's productivity. You want to provide intensive, one-on-one coaching for leaders. Two peers need to address the issue of trust in their relationship. You want to assess readiness for alternative work arrangements, such as telecommuting. The instrument is effective when used as a stand-alone instrument as well as a component of a larger training program.
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Quotations about Trust
One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life. ~E.M. Forster

I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do. ~Henry David Thoreau

Our distrust is very expensive. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough. ~Frank Crane

The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. ~Henry L. Stimson

We're all born brave, trusting, and greedy, and most of us remain greedy. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him. ~Booker T. Washington

I trust everyone. I just don't trust the devil inside them. ~Troy Kennedy-Martin, The Italian Job

You can as easily love without trusting as you can hug without embracing. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Many people say that government is necessary because some men cannot be trusted to look after themselves, but anarchists say that government is harmful because no men can be trusted to look after anyone else. ~Nicolas Walter, About Anarchism

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. ~Charles Krauthammer

Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's. ~Billy Wilder

Trust is letting go of needing to know all the details before you open your heart. ~Author Unknown

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement. ~Alfred Adler

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. ~William Shakespeare

A skeptic is a person who would ask God for his ID card. ~Edgar A. Shoaff

You can only trust yourself... and barely that. ~Paige Wilson

Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree, because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch, or you might simply get covered in sap, and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors, where it is harder to get a splinter. ~Lemony Snicket

Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly. ~George MacDonald

Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness. ~Fred Woodworth, The Match!, No. 79

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year. ~Paul Sweeney

In God we trust, all others we virus scan. ~Author Unknown

Never trust a husband too far, nor a bachelor too near. ~Helen Rowland



Great workplace

The Great Workplace
The Great Workplace Building Trust and Inspiring Performance Michael Burchell EdD and Jennifer Robin PhD

Research proves it. The “best companies to work for” are more productive and more profitable than their stock market peers. But a great workplace is not something that can be achieved in a quarter, or even a year. For a great workplace to exist, employees must trust the organization implicitly, take pride in what they do, and be inspired to achieve superior performance. And that requires a different breed of leadership—leaders who know how to instill and reinforce these beliefs in every communication, every decision, and every interaction. It requires leaders who realize that how they do what they do makes a world of difference to employees.

Free Resources: Read the Frequently Asked Questions

The Great Workplace: Building Trust and Inspiring Performance is a combination assessment and workshop that’s designed to increase employee productivity and boost performance. Based on more than 25 years of research conducted at the Great Place to Work Institute®—the producers of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For Annual List—this training package is packed with accessible and indispensable ideas, inspiration, and actionable plans for creating great workplaces.

Learning Outcomes Examine the essential elements of a Great Place to Work®, including trust and communication Develop an understanding of the key role managers play in building a great workplace Identify opportunities and generate ideas for making realistic changes Acquire a framework and tools that can be used to make a positive impact in the workplace How It Works The Great Workplace training package offers a flexible half-day to full-day of training that includes an interactive mix of self assessment, small group exercises, case studies, and large group discussion. The program is designed for front-line managers who have daily interactions with employees. Human resources professionals will also find the content useful in designing policies and practices that maximize trust-building in the organization.

About the Authors

Michael Burchell, EdD Dr. Michael Bruchell is a corporate vice president with the Great Place to Work Institute and a partner in the Institute's UAE affiliate. A sought-after speaker at conferences around the world, he has worked with senior leaders in positioning the workplace as a competitive business advantage.

Jennifer Robin, PhD Dr. Jennifer Robin is a research fellow at the Great Place to Work Institute. A former consultant with the Institute, she currently teaches in undergraduate, master's, and professional programs at Bradley University.

The Great Place to Work Institute is a global research and consulting firm with forty affiliates around the world. The Institute produces the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For Annual List and the Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For in America lists, in addition to 38 best companies lists internationally.Order today, at HRDQ
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The Great Workplace Building Trust and Inspiring Performance Michael Burchell EdD and Jennifer Robin PhD

Research proves it. The “best companies to work for” are more productive and more profitable than their stock market peers. But a great workplace is not something that can be achieved in a quarter, or even a year. For a great workplace to exist, employees must trust the organization implicitly, take pride in what they do, and be inspired to achieve superior performance. And that requires a different breed of leadership—leaders who know how to instill and reinforce these beliefs in every communication, every decision, and every interaction. It requires leaders who realize that how they do what they do makes a world of difference to employees.

Free Resources: Read the Frequently Asked Questions

The Great Workplace: Building Trust and Inspiring Performance is a combination assessment and workshop that’s designed to increase employee productivity and boost performance. Based on more than 25 years of research conducted at the Great Place to Work Institute®—the producers of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For Annual List—this training package is packed with accessible and indispensable ideas, inspiration, and actionable plans for creating great workplaces.

Learning Outcomes Examine the essential elements of a Great Place to Work®, including trust and communication Develop an understanding of the key role managers play in building a great workplace Identify opportunities and generate ideas for making realistic changes Acquire a framework and tools that can be used to make a positive impact in the workplace How It Works The Great Workplace training package offers a flexible half-day to full-day of training that includes an interactive mix of self assessment, small group exercises, case studies, and large group discussion. The program is designed for front-line managers who have daily interactions with employees. Human resources professionals will also find the content useful in designing policies and practices that maximize trust-building in the organization.

The Great Place to Work Institute is a global research and consulting firm with forty affiliates around the world. The Institute produces the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For Annual List and the Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For in America lists, in addition to 38 best companies lists internationally. Find out more at HRDQ.




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