Breaking The Trust Barrier

"Teamwork is literally a matter of live and death for the members of the US Air Force Thunderbirds," explains Colonel JV Venable (USAF, Ret) and former Top Gun (USAF's Fighter Weapons School) instructor for the Thunderbirds.

"Overcoming the barrier of trust to fly less than an arm's length away from another jet moving 500 miles per hours at 400 feet off the ground is no small challenge," he adds. "Creating trust like that on a team requires a predictable, repeatable process that the Thunderbird instructors have been refining for more than half a century."

Venable shares that process in his new book, Breaking the Trust Barrier: How Leaders Close the Gaps for High Performance.

JV Venable

Not only will you read plenty of true, inspirational stories, but also, you'll gain repeatable, step-by-step processes that are measurable and implementable, and that can be adapted to fit virtually any situation or scenario.

  • The trust building process begins with an individual's desire for commitment from you and ends with his or her trust in you. 
Building trust also includes risk. "Trust is the willingness to put yourself or your team at risk with the belief that another will follow through with a task, in a role, or with a mission. Expressions of trust that lack an element of risk are merely expressions," explains Venable

In his book, Venable also provides training advice regarding the four important elements in addressing teamwork:

  • Gaps
  • Commitment
  • Engagement
  • Trust
He also covers;
  • Passion
  • Confidence
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Empowerment
Thank you to the book publisher for sending me an advance copy of the book.


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