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Performance vs. Trust

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The problem is, that a "trustworthy" person -- to use the vocabulary here -- the one you want ... cannot be trained to be that way. It's a question of inbuilt natural character. They have to be found.


On the other hand, to some extent, you CAN train for 'performance'.  And, again to some extent, 'performance' can be achieved by numbers. That is, your team

may not have a very high performing person on it.  But if you have two or three medium-perfomance people, who trust each other and can work together, you can sometimes, in some situations, get an additive effect.


Hollywood -- and all its predecessors -- focuses on the Rambo, the super-hero. Even Homer in The Iliad focuses on Achilles, not the average hoplite.  That's how you hold your audience's attention.  But real wars are won  by functioning teams of hundreds of thousands, of millions, of non-Rambos.  Getting them to work together, to put out their best, that's the real secret of leadership.  If you're lucky, you might have one or two high-performance and high-trust people, but without a base of 'ordinary' people behind them ...  the Great Leader would be impotent.


If there had not been thousands of brave citizen-soldiers behind him, George Washington's name would have never made it into the history books.


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You can get a lot further in life with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone.

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