The best way to gain trust is to deliver a successful outcome. But what if you are never given the opportunity to try? Or what if it’s not safe to fail?

Start small

Instead of swinging for the fence with your first at-bat (too many sports ball references?) try starting with something small. Often that means something that is not very risky. And that’s totally OK. 

Even Jesus is quoted in Luke 16:10 as saying:
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…”

That’s one of the reasons we are so excited that the Innovation Workshop doesn’t end with asking [the Decider] for thousands of dollars to go build this product you have dreamed up. Instead, participants ask to run a low-cost experiment to see if the idea is worth pursuing. 

Gain trust in something small, and you can keep building on that trust. And it’s not just about the Decider in your organization trusting you. You’ll learn to trust yourself as well.

PS - Needing to build trust at your organization?

Having a step-by-step framework for developing and vetting product ideas gives you (and everyone in your organization) confidence you are “doing it right.” It builds trust in you, in your partner, and allows you to build trust with management.

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PS - This is the 6th post in a series of the 10 problems all innovation teams face.

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