Shaping a Partnership

My post, The Test of a Good Partner, from May 7th sparked several responses, all of them inquisitive and the majority of them positive.  I wanted to do a follow-up and share something I read on Terrence Real’s blog.  It ties into the whole relationship/partnership thing.  Dr. Real provides a short series of questions for those wanting to keep relationships healthy.

I received several private responses to my May 7th post The Test of a Good Partner, the majority of them positive, all of them inquisitive.

As a follow-up, I’ll share something with you that I read on Terrence Real’s blog that applies to any relationship, including business relationships and a coaching partnership:

RULE: you cannot attain a new, sophisticated way of being in a relationship using old, unsophisticated methods. If you want a radically different, fulfilling relationship, you must know how to shape it.

Dr. Real suggests a short series of questions for those desirous of keeping relationships healthy that I follow in business, in my coaching partnerships, and in life:

  1. What do you need?
  2. What do you want?
  3. How can I help you get what you want?

That’s the short version of being of service to others – family, friends, colleagues, and clients.

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