Trustworthiness defined and measured
My definition is:
"Trustworthiness is keeping one's word and being worthy of others' confidence: sound in principles, full of integrity, reliable and dependable"
My measurement is the Trustworthiness Quotient™, a method for monitoring personal progress to Trustworthiness.
Why measure trustworthiness?
I think should we should all do this from time to time, to:
- make concepts tangible that are otherwise intangible
- provide a methodology that enables you to construct a "Trustworthy Pathway"
- enable you to benchmark your trustworthiness against that of others
- measure your own progress along the pathway
The Trustworthiness Quotient
In their excellent book "The Trusted Adviser" Maister, Green & Galford, described the trust equation, in which they stated what they felt were the four key ingredients of trust. I am indebted to them for this concept but would like to offer an expanded but different approach - "The Trustworthiness Quotient" (TTQ). Simply stated, TTQ says that trustworthiness is comprised of several elements:
Have you consistently demonstrated the ability to deliver on commitments during advisory interactions?
Have you displayed personal as well as business ethics and commitment to mutual success to the client?
Have individual competence, process and methodologies for success been proven over time?
Have you demonstrated 'buy in' for the client's personal and business vision that involves true partnership?
These are dependent upon the degree to which you demonstrate, with each interaction:
To what extent do you appear interested only in your success?
Does how you operate appear incongruent to the client?
The Trusworthiness Quotient is therefore:
|Trustworthiness||=||D + I + C + E|
SI + IC
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©2006 Ken Buist