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Community of trust

Many professionals subscribe to one or more congenial bodies of excellence. Professional bodies that represent a community of professional practice. The most common characteristics of these communities are that they require membership fees, set an academic standard, prescribe a shared code of conduct and they are generally pursuing both institutional and cultural trust. It is perhaps for this reason that these pockets of good practice are often referred to as professional communities of trust.

Over the past decade, many business enterprises have been affected by affirmative action, employment equity, workplace diversity and BEE with the result being a brain drain, a smaller skills pool and lower service levels. The interesting thing is that success in any of these ideals will always depend on trust.

Whilst evidence does exist of pockets of improved institutional trust between customers and their suppliers, managers and their staff and boards and their stakeholders, the great obstacle is still achieving cultural trust. For centuries, across the globe, trust within a single profession, race or language group has been a challenge; the complexities arising across a diverse rainbow nation like South Africa, are even greater.

For example, respect for others may be a foundational value of any community, but respect means different things to different people.

Establishing a community of good practice in your home, workplace, sports club, business network, `make Midrand matter’ or in a particular profession, will demand that you learn from those who have gone before. And you will need to interrogate your definitions and understanding of both institutional and cultural trust.

IPD House is an upmarket, training and conferencing facility in Midrand, where training providers and professional comunities of practice Host their training workshops and formal learning events.

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