The Argonauts' Trust Circles and High-Performing Teams

Aligning Individual Purpose with Organizational Mission through Neuroscience, Conscious Leadership, and the Argonauts Methodology.

The Neuroscience of Trust and Its Economic Impact

Researcher Dr. Paul Zak’s work in neuroscience underscores the economic significance of trust in organizational behavior. Zak’s findings reveal that oxytocin, a hormone triggered by positive social interactions, is pivotal in fostering trust and empathy, crucial for a productive workplace environment. Zak’s studies demonstrate that compared to low-trust companies, people at high-trust companies report

  • 74% less stress,
  • 106% more energy at work,
  • 50% higher productivity,
  • 13% fewer sick days,
  • 76% more engagement,
  • 29% more satisfaction with their lives, and
  • 40% less burnout.

These substantial improvements directly impact an organization’s bottom line.

Argonauts Trust Circle Journey: Building Trust and Aligning Purpose

The Argonauts Trust Circle journey emphasizes conscious leadership, facilitating alignment between individual purpose and the company’s mission. This methodology encourages openness, integrity, and psychological safety, fostering trust and alignment between individuals and the organization. When individuals see their work contributing to a larger purpose, their engagement, productivity, and satisfaction levels increase significantly, further improving organizational profitability.

Trust as the Catalyst for Innovation, Resilience, Profitability, and Purpose Alignment

Trust fosters an environment conducive to risk-taking, openness, and collaborative problem-solving, leading to innovation. It is the #1 reason for high-performing teams. It also enhances organizational resilience. Furthermore, trust promotes open communication, mutual respect, and shared objectives, enhancing collaboration. The alignment of individual purpose with the organizational mission, facilitated by trust circles, contributes significantly to organizational profitability.

Tackling Team Dysfunctions with Trust, ARE Principles, and ACT Function

By integrating Lencioni’s insights on team dysfunctions, the neuroscience of trust, and the Argonauts methodology, we can provide a robust approach to building high-performing teams. The absence of trust, identified as the foundational team dysfunction, can be mitigated through Trust Circles and the ARE (Authenticity, Responsibility, Empathy) principles.


Impact Creation, Community Building, and Overcoming Inattention to Results

The last dysfunction—inattention to results—can be remedied by aligning individual efforts with the team’s mission through Impact Creation. Additionally, community building, an integral component of the ACT (Authenticity, Courage, Trust) function, bolsters the resolution of all dysfunctions.


Reinforcing the Importance of Trust: Google’s Aristotle Project and EY’s Findings

Reinforcing the significant role of trust, Google’s Aristotle Project, a study into the dynamics of effective teams, found that the number one factor contributing to high-performing teams was psychological safety, a concept strongly tied to trust. Teams that felt safe in taking risks were the most successful.

Furthermore, a study conducted by EY highlighted that purposeful companies outperformed the market by 42%. This finding aligns with the Argonauts Trust Circle Journey’s emphasis on aligning individual purpose with the organization’s mission. Companies that effectively connect individual purpose to their larger mission enjoy enhanced employee engagement, productivity, and, ultimately, profitability.

The combined insights of neuroscience, and The Argonauts Trust Circle journey offer a powerful framework for conscious leadership. This approach aligns individual purpose with organizational missions, promotes authentic conversations, and builds purpose-driven communities. By fostering trust, organizations can cultivate more cohesive, collaborative, innovative, resilient, and high-performing teams, significantly impacting their bottom-line profitability.



Conscious leadership calls for leaders to embrace their authenticity, nurture awareness and consciousness, develop emotional regulation, and prioritize well-being across physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions. By doing so, leaders unlock their own potential and inspire the full potential of those around them. In this way, they contribute to the creation of organizations that not only excel in navigating complex changes but also foster positive impact for all stakeholders, transcending profit-driven motives and embracing a broader vision of success.

Leaders who embrace and embody the principles and practices discussed in this article have the power to unlock enormous potential within their organizations. By embarking on the journey of leadership transformation, senior leaders become catalysts and enablers of value creation.

Through personal application of new mindsets and behaviors, leaders tap into the collective energy, passion, and ingenuity of their organization. They become role models, inspiring their teams to adopt new principles and practices. As these new ways of thinking and acting permeate the organization, they enhance and accelerate performance and transformation initiatives across the enterprise.

By embracing conscious leadership, leaders create a culture based on trust and purpose. This culture encourages innovation, collaboration, and the pursuit of shared goals. It not only drives internal excellence but also unlocks new levels of value for customers, employees, investors, and other stakeholders. By aligning their actions with a broader vision of success, leaders foster positive impact and contribute to the sustainable growth and well-being of all.

The journey of leadership transformation is not without its challenges. It requires leaders to be open to change, willing to challenge conventional norms, and committed to continuous learning and growth. However, the rewards are significant. By embracing new capabilities and mindsets, leaders become agents of positive change and unlock the full potential of their organizations.

Leaders who embark on the journey of leadership transformation have the opportunity to unleash tremendous value and create a lasting impact. By embracing new principles and practices personally, within their teams, and throughout their organization, leaders become catalysts for growth, innovation, and positive change. The conscious leadership journey is a transformative path that paves the way for organizations to thrive in times of complexity and uncertainty while creating sustainable value for all stakeholders.

About the author

Stefan Beiten

Stefan Beiten is the Initiator of The Argonauts. His essence is to inspire the human spirit in innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders worldwide. He supports change makers and paradigm shifters to empower others and be empowered by finding their own meaning outside of the story we are all born into.

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