A new look on the word “trust”.
What does it even mean when you say “I trust you?”
Does trust come from always knowing what the other person is doing, or being confident that you don’t have to know what they are doing?
Adam Philips, a British psychotherapist and essayist, once said “Trust is a risk masquerading as a promise.”
Rachel Botsman, author and Oxford University’s first trust fellow, says “trust is an active and confident interaction with the unknown.”
By definition, trust is a leap of faith. Transparency doesn’t always lead to trust. Sometimes it does, but other times transparency lead to surveillance and surveillance is the opposite of trust.
Trust is what you live with, what you don’t know. If you always have to know, you are not trusting.
For More on this, listen to the WorkLife Podcast with Adam Grant and Esther Perel, here.