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Should Inlaws be Outlawed?  This was the title of a recent blog post written by my friend Erris Klapper. For those of you who may not know Erris, her blog is a well-written and thoughtful commentary, primarily focused on the trials and tribulations of baby boomers and their families, as well as coverage of other timely topics.

Erris believes that the two root causes of (in-law) contention are elevated levels of expectation and differences in upbringing.

Doesn’t the same apply to the Board/CEO relationship, leader/manager/employee relationship, or any relationship for that matter?

And like in-laws, in most business environments controversy could be avoided and trust could be built if time were invested early in the relationship to:

  • Explore common ground by discussing respective upbringing
  • Discuss goals and values
  • Map out a course for the future
  • Determine how disagreements will be handled.

Whether you are about to be married, or about to begin a new job or hire a new employee, invest the time to work through the four steps above. Building trust early in any relationship will pay off handsomely in the long-run.

Barbara Brooks Kimmel is the Executive Director of Trust Across America-Trust Around the World whose mission is to help organizations build trust. She is also the editor of the award winning TRUST INC. book series. In 2012 Barbara was named “One of 25 Women Changing the World” by Good Business International.

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Should you wish to communicate directly with Barbara, drop her a note at Barbara@trustacrossamerica.com

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