How to be Widely Trusted
To be trusted you must be trustworthy. You must also be visible. If no one knows about you, no trust will be invested in you. With those close to you, such as your teammates, this should not be an issue. You establish trust by being responsive and informative to those outside your department or team. Occasionally someone will abuse this trust, and ask for unreasonable favours. Don't be afraid of this, just explain what you would have to give up doing to perform the favour.
Don't pretend to know something that you don't. With people that are not teammates, you may have to make a clear distinction between 'not knowing right off the top of my head' and 'not being able to figure it out, ever.'
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