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  1. susan May 30, 2008 at 9:47 am |

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s a great topic and one I am thinking about in my position. The online assessment helped!

  2. Ken Allan May 31, 2008 at 2:41 am |

    Kia Ora Britt

    What a strange and capricious thing trust is, its composition based on many factors, as you pointed out. But it has to be earned, though earning trust is more difficult for some than for others. Society has strange scales that are used for assessing trustworthiness and the consistency of those seems to be remarkably variable.

    I read an article in this week’s newspaper listing embezzlers and fraudsters who had been prosecuted in the last decade or so. These people, not short of a buck, in positions of high office, had misappropriated funds or goods, some for their own benefit, some for other reasons.

    I was surprised to read about the employment of a few of them who’d spent time behind bars and whose subsequent careers seemed almost unimpaired by their previous misdeeds. This is not the only time I’ve noted that position in some echelons of society seemed to be almost immune to the capricious variations associated with trust. But one might ask, who does the trusting. Trust has as much to do with point of view as does the value of the work of an artist.

    What factors affect the value of a work of art? There are a lot of them, not all related in any way to what it cost initially to produce. But like trust, the value of a work of art can vary depending on the eyes of those who value it and can also dive or climb erratically, it seems, with irrational fluctuation. The common link between trust and value is people, for they are who decide the magnitudes of those attributes.

    Stephen Downes and Sue Waters are people whom I hold a lot of respect for. They seem to me to be people who might well follow the same creed, one that encompasses integrity, honesty, ethics and directness of vision. Isn’t it strange that, on a point of trust, if only for a short significant moment in time, the one does not see the other in the same light?

    Ka kite

  3. Ken Allan June 1, 2008 at 12:36 am |

    Tena koe Britt

    I would think that the ‘Stephen Downes baby’ would be difficult to throw on its own, never mind with the bath water (metaphorically speaking of course!)

    Thanks for you appreciation. I had a closer look at the Trust Assessor. I’m not surprised that you were a little shocked at how “poorly” you scored on the Trust Quotient. I must admit that I didn’t do much better with a quotient of 5.4 and recommendation to attend to simar areas of my ‘behaviour’.

    I’m not disputing the result but in the words of Dickens’ Fagan “I’m reviewing the situation”. I stand by my belief in the capriciousness of trust itself by the way that it is assessed by groups within society.

    I suppose that it’d be just as feasible to create a similar device to assess the value of a work of art from data entered by the owner. After all, whose opinion was drawn on when you did your assessment?

    Ka kite

  4. Charles H. Green June 2, 2008 at 8:23 am |

    Britt, what a literate discussion of trust! I enjoyed it, and I like to think I actually know something about the subject, having written a couple of books on the subject.

    The Trust Quotient quiz you took is mine also, and I think you view it quite rightly as well–but a couple of comments, if I may.

    You didn’t score poorly, you scored right in the average–maybe below your expectations, but then in a necessarily subjective test, so probably did everyone else.

    Knowing some people who have taken the test, I also suspect some of us are harder on ourselves or more rigorously objective than are others.

    I don’t think subjectivity is a problem, but a fact. The quiz is about one’s own reading of others’ readings of oneself. If the test were set up as a 360 (which it will be before too long). we can get some closer answers at it.

    The main purpose I had in mind was to get people to think about the components of trust, and what it means for them personally. Those are exactly the questions you seem to be grappling with, and you seem to be doing so quite thoughtfully.

    For what it’s worth, another reader of the quiz, Mr. Mike Linacre, offered to do a quick psychometric analysis of the raw data. I just received this morning his results, which include:
    -“Much less invalid data than usually encountered in these situations”
    -“unusually reliable for an instrument of its type [via the Cronbach Alpha test]”
    -“congratulations, you have produced a gem.”

    I’m no psychometrician, but them sound like positive words!

    The questions, by the way, were taken from the book The Trusted Advisor, of which I am a co-author, along with David Maister and Rob Galford.

    Thanks for an excellent commentary and discussion.

  5. Ken Alan June 4, 2008 at 6:54 am |

    Tena korua

    Britt and Charles

    Well there y’go. You never can trust who you’ll meet when writing about trust quotients on a blog 🙂

    Good to meet you Charles. I’m glad you found reading the discussion enjoyable. I certainly enjoyed it.

    Ka kite
    from Middle-earth

  6. Ken Allan December 14, 2008 at 1:17 pm |

    Kia ora Britt

    a propo Bear Scat, I’ve just noticed that the word employment in by above comment has a link to a job search in it. I certainly did not place that link in my script when I put up the comment. So this is also becoming a reflection of the commenter who, presumably is supposed to be the author of the comment. What’s your take on this Britt?

    from Middle-earth

  7. Ken Allan December 14, 2008 at 6:04 pm |

    Kia ora Britt

    The link that I saw was temporary, a double-blue underline. Before I had a chance to take a screen dump it had disappeared, showing that whatever the widget is, it looks for specific words to attach corresponding links to ads, but only for a short while.

    What ran through my mind was if this wasn’t actually Edublog, but a virus/trojan/whatever on your site (at Edublog). I recalled Christine Martell‘s plight in August this year. Check it out.


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