Why we need mutual trust and respect

Why We Need Mutual Trust and Respect
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ICHAK K. ADIZES shares his views on the importance of symbiosis and synergy for the success of any system, be it organizational, social or individual.


There is need for a culture of mutual trust and respect, a culture of cooperation and collaboration. I am talking about the introduction of synergy, where two plus three is not five but six. In the interaction of diverse entities, two being different from three, something new is created through cross pollination; it is a value that couldn’t have been created unless there was an interaction among diverse opinions or know-hows. For collaborative interaction to exist in diversity there must be mutual respect.

This interaction must be based on perceived commonality of interests. If the diverse parties do not share interests, do not share in the value they have created, why would they constructively interact? It must be symbiotic. There is, however, a problem: Since over time, as conditions change, commonality of interests get threatened, so to endure mutual trust is required.

But Mutual Trust and Respect (MT&R) seem to be internally incompatible. For mutual respect there must be disagreement, a byproduct of diversity. On the other hand, for mutual trust, we should be in agreement. How to resolve this catch-22?

What should we agree on?
On our common interest.
And what can we disagree on?
On what to do and how to create value for the benefit of us all.

We should agree on what we are prone to disagree about (what are our common interests), and we can disagree on what we are prone to agree in order to avoid the pain imbedded in arguing (disagree on what and how to do).

MT&R is the foundation of a true socio-democratic system. It is democratic, which means we learn from each other’s differences of opinion. It is socio, in the sense that there is a social consciousness to share obtained, added values with everybody, not just a certain part of the society at the expense of other parts of the society.

So how should we grow as a society, or as a company, or as a family?
By growing jointly.
By capitalizing on each other’s differences for the benefit of everybody.

That is what Adizes Methodology is all about.
That is why I call it a Symbergetic™ system – symb from symbiotic, for mutual interest, and ergetic from synergetic, which means growing.

How do we make that happen?
Not just with good intentions. There is a tested well-documented program. It takes between one to three years to bring companies to full utilization of the system. The results have been exceptional. It produced exceptional sustainable growth.

If you have:
The right people who welcome disagreements because they learn from them, i.e. people who have controllable egos,
The right collaborative disciplined team decision-making process,
The right organizational structure that fosters diversity and not sameness, and
Have unifying common vision and values, you will create and foster a culture of mutual trust and respect.

It has been proven with evidence, working with thousands of companies in over fifty-two countries, from start-ups to the largest on earth. It will minimize disintegration and maximize the freed energy from internal destructive conflicts to be devoted to the external market for a competitive advantage. It applies to any system, whether it’s a country, a business, a family, or an individual human being.

Just sharing,
Ichak Kalderon Adizes


This blog post was featured in the Huffington Post on March 13, 2017.
Republished here with permission from the author: http://www.ichakadizes.com/why-we-need-mutualtrust-and-respect/.



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Dr. Ichak Adizes

About Dr. Ichak Adizes

Dr. Ichak Adizes is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading management experts. He has received 17 honorary doctorates and is the author of 20 books that have been translated into 26 languages. Dr. Adizes is recognized by Leadership Excellence Journal as one of the top thirty thought leaders of America.


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