Sustainability might be one of the biggest illusions and unrealistic expectations in the field of business partnerships.
First let’s clarify something important, which is the definition of success. Some leaders assume that the success of a partnership is defined by its ability to be sustained. That might be true if one of the highest priority objectives of the partnerships is to be sustained beyond a specific date in time. However, most partnerships are defined by objectives that have a short time frame, and more importantly, objectives with specific dates of completion.
This means that most partnerships are temporary. They are supposed to end. Partners come together to work on a shared vision and mission, for a period of time, and then they dissolve and move on (or re-contract and evolve to the next phase of the partnership).
Why do so many partnerships fail? Because they are supposed to.
Energy is used most efficiently and effectively in the universe. When a partnership isn’t fulfilling its objectives, entropy and chaos start to take over to break down the structures and systems that hold the partnership together. This is a necessary process to devolve the partnership so that the resources can be released back into the system, and be taken up by higher organized and more evolved entities.
- Partnership success is not defined by sustainability alone.
- Partnerships are designed to end; although relationships may continue.
- Partnerships adapt and evolve, or succumb to entropy and breakdown.
Define your partnership objectives, and work towards these objectives as effectively and efficiently as possible. If you want partnership success to be defined by sustainability, make sure this is a specific objective.
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- Posted by Enette Pauzé
- On July 21, 2016