I talked yesterday about the need for trust in our creative meetings – or any meeting, really. Let’s face it, though – trust is hard to come by these days. We are fearful that if we trust, we may be hurt. Team members will usually be more than willing to share ideas, critiques, etc…, but the first question that’s likely to be going through their minds is “Is this a safe place?”

To get to a point of safety, every member of the team bears a responsibility to the others, and ultimately it comes down to three things:

  1. Holding ideas loosely;
  2. Debating ideas, not the personalities and characteristics of the people involved, and;
  3. Refraining from imagining motivation behind the ideas of others.

Ultimately, the team leader sets the standard. If he or she models the above ground rules, and no single individual (including the leader) gets their way all the time, trust on the team can be built.

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