If you’re participating in a partnership, chances are you believe that the partnership will offer more benefit in the world, than harm. Of course! Why else would you join the partnership?
When was the last time your partnership discussed the challenges, drawbacks or disadvantages that were created as a result of the partnership work?
You might have thought about the downsides to creating the partnership (e.g., how to fund it, added energy and effort, dealing with politics or territory issues). But did you look specifically at the problems that could be or are created as a direct result of the outputs of the partnership?
For example, when someone had the brilliant (and multi-million dollar) idea to create bottle water, do you think they had the foresight to anticipate the landfills piled with empty bottles? Or the protests that would ensue?
Every solution creates pollution. Don’t be blindsided by the problems your partnership creates, which can threaten the success and longevity of the partnership.
- Take a creative destruction approach and look at the people, organizations and systems that perceive they will be negatively impacted by your objectives.
- Create solutions to your own pollutions before they happen.
- Be prepared to talk openly about the downsides of your partnership in public.
When you have a balanced perception about the upsides and the downsides of your partnership, you’ll be less distracted by the emotional swings created from perceptions of guilt and shame, and be more prepared to weather the necessary ups and downs of partnership work.
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- Posted by Enette Pauzé
- On July 21, 2016
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