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Leading a Discussion With Your Airmen on "Trust"

 


LEADING A DISCUSSION WITH YOUR AIRMEN ON

Trust

(Command Teams: Use this template to customize your discussion)

Download the template HERE


BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR COMMAND TEAM MEMBERS:

Introduction The concept of trust is not new to military organizations.  Trust is a cornerstone of high performing teams and organizations.  The purpose of this discussion is to examine trust as a concept, then view the concept through and individual and institutional lens.  This discussion will benefit each Airman’s understanding of trust, and provide participants an organizational perspective on trust within their particular team/flight/squadron.

Learning Objectives

1.       Understand the role trust plays as an integral factor in the squadron for team building and mission accomplishment.

2.       Know various ways of how to build and restore trust.

3.       Understand the definitions, differences and importance of personal and institutional trust.

Main Points

1. What are personal and organizational trust levels? 

2.  Identify the evidence or absence of personal / organizational trust. 

3.  What are the impacts of trust, both personally and organizationally? 

4.  Methods to restore trust.

Resources

1.       Article - Trust is a Competency by Stephen R. Covey, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, 2008

                  Additional resources / links –

                         1.       The Speed of Trust

                         2.      The Emotional Constructs of Trust

THINGS FOR COMMAND TEAM MEMBERS TO CONSIDER AHEAD OF TIME:

·         Goal: To increase communication among command teams and their Airmen to facilitate trust and team building. This lesson will facilitate that goal while discussing a specific topic with a small group members of your unit.

 

·         Questions for Command Teams to discuss:

o   Why is this topic and a good discussion about it important?  (What is the value for Airmen?)

o   Who will you be in the discussion group (i.e., CGOs, NCOs, SNCOs, civilians, flight commanders)?

o   Where will the discussion take place (during a meeting, stand-alone event, or other session)?

o   Does the setting have support for viewing slides and/or videos?

o   Who will lead the discussion? Which Command Team members have a role?

·         For additional resources on the topic, click on the “Additional Resources” link.

·         For additional information on how to facilitate discussions, recommend reviewing the Facilitator’s Guide under the “Leading Squadron-Centered Learning” tab.


LEADING THE DISCUSSION:

·         Introduction – What we’re going to talk about today and why

·         Goal – to keep the importance of personal and organizational trust in the forefront of our minds

·         Timeframe – 30 minutes

·         Part I – visit the website to review the book summary and read the attached article

·         Part II – Discussion:  Review the questions for thought and questions for discussion to develop your own questions specific to your organization.

·         Part III – What do you want your Airmen to walk away with? Do you want to challenge them to take action or change their behavior or step out of their comfort zone as a result of this lesson?


·         Sample Discussion Questions:

o   Why do you think trust is important?

o   How do you think we can do a better job of talking about the trust?

o   How can we bridge the gap between how we talk about trust and what we do day-to-day to execute the mission?