Lynn Mattice is Managing Director of Mattice & Associates, a top-tier management consulting firm focused primarily on assisting enterprises with ERM, cyber, intelligence, security and information asset protection programs. Lynn has been the CSO of four major organizations over his career. He also helps guide the executive forum called the Security 500, which ASG will be sponsoring this year. He also is a member of the International Security Management Association (ISMA).
Lynn knows excellence starts with leadership. We enjoy his column in Security Magazine and provide you the means to enjoy it as well below.
By Lynn Mattice
We learn early in our youth that trust plays a crucial role in our lives. Think back about how hard you had to work to gain the trust of your parents, your friends and your teachers. The hard lessons you learned when that trust was breached and the long and arduous task you faced to slowly regain that trust. Yet, no matter how hard you tried, you never felt like you ever totally recovered to where your trust meter had been.
Trust can be fleeting. One example that many will remember involved newscaster Brian Williams’ fall from grace. He had signed a $10 million a year contract with NBC in December 2015 and was at the top of his game. Williams was rated the 23rd most trusted person in America. In February 2015, Williams was suspended for six months from broadcasting for misrepresenting his experience as a reporter covering the 2003 invasion of Iraq… his trustworthiness rating immediately dropped to #832. I guess the public can be fickle when it comes to putting its trust in someone.
On a front closer to home for many, Edleman’s 2017 “Trust Barometer” survey pegs public trust in CEOs at 37 percent, an all-time low in the 17 years that Edleman has conducted this survey. So, what does it say when 63 percent of the population has no trust in the CEOs that lead corporate America?