My word for 2015 was Collaboration and did I ever learn a lesson in this area! As I reflect on my performance, I think I was strong in some areas and weak in some others.
What I wrote as my goal for choosing a partner in January of 2015 now makes me laugh! Here it is!
The 3 most important aspects of a Collaborative Partner that I outlined are the following.
Choose a partner that is organized enough that they not only show up for appointments on time, but are able to have timely emails back and forth that are clear and succinct.
Honesty is a must. The partner needs to be emotionally and mentally able to comprehend so they are able to be honest, with their self and with you. This is not always the case. Sometimes people respond to the “stories in their head” and are not able to hear what you are saying. This can be timely and cumbersome.
Willing to commit to a contract. When you have business collaboration, a contract is important. Conversations you have prior to the contract may not be your final agreement. You need to have it in writing. If there are issues that come up after the contract, then amend or have an addendum to the contract.
What I have learned from 2015 is that it is not about the partner I chose. They are only mirrors. It is about me!
Recently I have been reading and understanding at a deeper level from The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing your Business and your Life.
There is a Soul Group that I have been in for several years. We are reading this book and working on ourselves. My friends are women I trust and have been able to be vulnerable with about my own short-comings and also about my resistance. What I am learning is that finding the best Collaborative Partnerships do not come from creating a list of what qualities they will have, but to understand my own imprints and attract the best people and situations.
If you are having some difficulties in any area of your business I strongly recommend this book.
Having said this, I am extremely grateful to Chet Caskey, the author of Spooky Spokane. My collaborations with him have been delightful and abundant! http://www.twodogcitytours.com/