Choose The Right Partner, Superman
I have been struggling with a multi-department project for the past few weeks. Straight out of Survivor, I formed an alliance with one of my colleagues to try and push the project toward our joint solution.
Two Clark Kents
Funny. As I write this post, I begin to realize why I love to blog so much. In this world, I can leap tall buildings in a single bound and am faster than a speeding bullet. Sadly, in my offline world, I am more like mild mannered Clark Kent. What was even more unfortunate is my colleague is very similar to me. Long story short, our joint proposal was bounced around and squashed under higher priority issues.
Looks Like A Job For…
With time running out, I needed to take another shot. This time I partnered with another colleague. The big difference is mild mannered would be the wrong description for him. When the going gets tough, he gets going. He pushed the project forward and took no prisoners. Ironically, because I saw some results, I was empowered to push forward as well. We finally got traction and saw some light at the end of the tunnel. Now if I could somehow channel my super hero alter ego into the real world, look out below!
At work, in your personal relationships, or business joint ventures, I propose you find a partner that is more different than similar to you. Like Yin and Yang, you form a more complete unit. This may be oversimplifying things, but it is the same reason why two siblings shouldn’t mate. The chances of birth defects, or in this case, team weaknesses would be very high. Go with a more balanced team, you’ll more than likely see positive results rather than no results or negative ones.
Hope you are all super offline as you are online!