Can you determine if you are trustworthy? Consultants from the FranklinCovey company would say “No.” Only others—your colleagues, family, friends, clients, etc. can decide if you can be trusted, based on your actions and behaviors. Successful relationships are mutually beneficial and help all participants. And people in them must develop trust. In FranklinCovey speak, those relationships are called “Win-Win.”
Recently, a colleague and I had a chance to attend a free FranklinCovey seminar on developing trustworthy organizations, among other topics. I had been mesmerized, in early days of becoming an administrator, by the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People written by Dr. Stephen R. Covey and published in 1989. Since then, it has sold 25 million copies and spawned much more training, materials, etc. for organizations, individuals, and families overseen by the FranklinCovey company. Since I am one of those people who love self-improvement resources, this was a perfect book for me. I quickly realized that Covey had not necessarily invented the concepts and philosophies he discussed, but he had, in a fit of genius, found, organized, and offered a fully accessible set of strategies by which to live your life, and in the process, become better and better at relationships. And, isn’t most of life about relationships? Our success in family, school, friends, partner, and workplace relationships are what make our lives fun and meaningful. At BCTC, we take seriously our connections to each other: faculty and staff, students, parents, community partners, business clients, and all of the people who depend on us. We are working everyday to earn your trust. If we fail in some way to meet educational and service standards, we’ll try to make it right and restore trust. We can’t fix everything, and mutual effort may be required. We do commit to students and partners to work hard and do our best to earn and keep your trust.
Augusta A. Julian, Ed.D