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!

Final Thoughts

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!

Stay Inspired!

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13 Responses

  1. MoneyCone says:

    You drive home the point very well Buck! Like poles repel, opposite poles attract!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      You hit it on the head MC! I could imagine two Supermen joining forces doing spectacular things. But if their Kryptonite popped up, Game Over. Enough comic geekdom for now!

  2. krantcents says:

    I am usually the one who has the reputation for getting things done at work and elsewhere. It is an important part of my personality! My wife is different but equally good at work. Together we make quite a team. I think it is because we complement each other versus being the same.

  3. jeff says:

    Nice way to put it. Everyone needs a ying to their yang, whether in a relationship or a work partnership. Both of the people involved benefit. You may know something he doesn’t, and vice versa!

  4. I have several buddies who started ventures with partners – one whose partnership really brought success and the other who had to leave his partner and start anew. Having the right partner is so huge!

  5. This article hit me where it hurts today. I am not as awesome in the real world as I am online! (There, I said it!) In fact, I make plenty of mistakes and missteps in my personal life. Hey, I make mistakes in the virtual world too! Okay, I guess I’m just human :). I loved this article!

  6. Dana says:

    Great article! Definitely a team needs balance. That’s one of the things I love about the Yakezie so much – it’s such a diverse group. I tend to be rather quiet (even online!) – and I am learning so much about blogging from the more outspoken members.

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