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Hi Valeria,

Having reflected on your post I'm convinced that the current crisis in trust is casualty of our growing impatience.

I haven't read the speed of trust. But if the title was a question I'd say the speed of trust was the speed of conversation and observation - I've found time to be an excellent judge of both character and predictability.

Of course there are proxies for time, a persons word, an analysts report, my expectation of what is right and just. But these are the poorest of substitute for patience.

Working with eastern companies I see a spirit of patience in commerce that is sadly lacking in many western companies who sacrifice "real" trust for speed -only to find they are out of business sooner than their competitors .

Funnily enough, I have never consider whether I can (should) be trusted. Perhaps I'll do that today.

Lovely postings Valeria et all.

I'm not sure I trust Wikipedia! On such an important topic - not only does its definition sound like conjecture, but it's also "not quite right".

As a network manager, taking over a failing network, I had to gain the trust of a lot of people - my manager, the directors and VP's of the various departments, the CIO and the CFO. Heck, with the amount of money I asked for - I needed the CEO on my side, as well. I couldn't keep all of them happy, so whom did I "choose" to disappoint? My boss.

It helped that we not only didn't we trust each other, we just about hated each other! (Okay, we did hate each other. It made for a difficult working day, but that - in retrospect - was fine.)

Trust is a pliable thing; it's not cut and dried, at all! Can we trust Robert Gates to lead the US military? Sure. Can we trust him to be loyal to Barack Obama's policies? After reading his latest essay in "Foreign Affairs": I'd say he's been trying to implement them since the day he was nominated in 2006.

Can anyone trust their boss? It depends.

As far as issues go, they are the things that we need to be intimate with. People come and go (excuse me for being cynical. I just, well, am), but the central issues seem to carry across generations. The fleeting ones tend to be the ones we concentrate on, however.

Personally, I rarely trust people. ... Let me rephrase that: I trust people to have their own interests at heart; a motivation I'm happy to give a standing ovation to. If their interests and mine coincide: great! If they don't, fine. Personal friendships are another matter altogether; there, I'm in complete agreement with you. (From what I've been told, I gather there's a reason I don't have many personal friends...)

My apologies, I'm rambling. And consuming way too much space on your blog! Perhaps I need to get writing for myself?

Carolyn Ann

@Roger - we do create the conditions in which we operate. Neuroscience is one of my passions so I am very pleased to meet you, virtually. The email notification from Typepad is spotty today or you would be receiving a personalized message from me by email. Alas, all I see is the comment and your site - good post!

@Richard - Yes, what's wrong with sponsorship? I write for money every day at work - and so do millions of other professionals! Sometimes I think we lose sight that as people and economies, there needs to be a sustainable model for all this good stuff to continue and grow. I hear Chris is getting a lot of attention from Techmeme and online publications, so all is well that ends well.

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