She talked about trust and she was the right one to say it.
Because we all trust her.
She holds us together—through phone calls or emails–her words string us like pearls; she is the strand on which we are threaded into one.
She likened building trust to playing poker.
Trustworthy leaders deal out a good hand of cards, she said. And then she made a promise to each of us–sealed words of affirmation scratched out on carefully chosen cards—mine a hand-drawn one by her daughter.
So here I am these weeks later, thinking about trust. Thinking about how it feels to hold a royal flush in hands—peek out from behind those cards and put on my best poker face.
But I’m not very good at poker. I like to lay my hand out flat—fan out what I’ve been dealt and play it up straight.
It’s best to have trust when you play that way.
And some people aren’t trustworthy.
I’m thinking this and remembering some of the hard ones—the times I’ve gotten hurt for showing my hand…not playing the game.
I gently touch the tender places inside and realize that—this time–they do not bruise.
She told us about a book she read. The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey. It says that when trust is high, work gets done quicker, and costs are low.
Yes, there are costs. But what about the profits? I let myself think about these for a time. I catch myself smiling. And I feel a tiny light inside, glowing.
When trust is high, profits are too. Does Stephen Covey say that?
I’m not sure but I’m wondering what kind of value can be stamped on the benefits of a trusting relationship.
A royal flush?