“Because of Wendy's trust and vulnerability workshops, there was an immediate increase in collaboration among the Halcyon fellows, they reach out to one another for support and idea-sharing, and their confidence level has gone up. They’ve learned they are not facing their challenges alone.”

Ryan Ross
Chief Innovation Officer
Halcyon Incubator Program

Trust cements relationships. With trust, employees connect more, give more, share more, and get more. Trust in leaders allows organizations to flourish. Not so long ago, especially in hierarchical organizations, leaders trusted in their power; now, they rely on the power of trust. Mistrust destroys communication, sharing, level of effort, and motivation.

Trust training consists of:

  • orientation programs for new hires, transfers, and promotions

  • how you know when you trust someone, or they trust you
  • behaviors that support and erode trust

  • the elements of trust

  • an assessment tool about the aspects of trust that are most important to you and

  • commitments to behaviors that build and sustain trust

Trust training offers organizations a way of talking about trust or its absence.


Vulnerability is about transparency and truthfulness. It takes courage. Oprah Winfrey defines vulnerability as "Being willing to express the truth no matter what. The truth of who you are, the essence at your core, what you're feeling at any given moment. It's being able to open up your soul and let it flow so that other people can see their soul in yours." It is easier for people to feel connected to each other when they feel someone is genuine -- real.

Vulnerability training involves discussions that allow people to be seen as who they are and form deeper connections with their colleagues. Brene Brown says, "Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change."

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“When you shut down vulnerability, you shut down opportunity.”
– Gay Gaddis
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