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I want to talk about trusting your employees but also verifying what they're doing. Trust but verify. I believe Warren buffet is attributed with this saying trust, but verify. And I actually really like it. I think that it emphasizes the importance of maintaining a relationship with your employees, right?
You don't want to call them liars or, accuse them of anything damage that relationship. Because you know, I've said it before and I'll say it again, that the, heart of, of safety is learning and the heart of learning is communication. And so you don't want to damage those channels for communication. You want to protect those and you want to nurture those. And if you accuse somebody, if you don't have trust, there is no relationship. Right?
So, and if you accuse somebody of lying, there's no, that's not going to go well for your relationship with that person. But it's also important to verify, you know, and, in a way it falls into one of the human performance tools, which is peer review. You know, people make mistakes. It's good to just double check things. Do it to be your brother's keeper, but to do it in the right spirit is the most important thing. You know, don't be a safety cop. Don't be a police man. Don't try to babysit people. Don't talk down to people. Don't put yourself above them in any way. Your employees are your greatest resource, and the greatest resource of information you can possibly hope for. But to double check things, to go back and you know, and do it in a transparent way. Don't do it in a sneaky way.
Trust, but verify. That's, that's a great best practice. I think that as long as it's done in the right spirit and the spirit of actually trusting and actual true verification, then it's a great tool for your toolbox.