Collaboration done correctly creates increased results
An introduction from a colleague or finding someone of interest online may well lead into a wonderful conversation. Recognizing you have much in common and complement one another well, you may then be asked to collaborate. Sometimes the request is immediate and other times years may go by while you both get your career or business firmly planted and grown. Once established, many more will ask if you would like to partner.
My thesis is collaborative requests are a sign that you have arrived at a very good place in your business or career. You have proved yourself and have achieved a level of success admired by others. And this is the sticking point to which you should pay serious attention.
When requests come your way to give up your current job or to partner in business, consider the following:
- The learning curve and expense involved
- Simplicity in participating
- Is this beneficial for all parties?
Sometimes we are flattered when requests come, announcing to friends, "Can you believe they asked me to partner?"
However, we need to remind ourselves that we obviously bring something to the table they need and want. We are on the same level. This is where it becomes wise to seriously consider the questions outlined above and others that your conscience is suggesting in the quiet hours.
When you take the time to review all of the details from both sides of the equation, you will find the better job advancements or collaborations. And when you do, you will be far more likely to enjoy the ride and the Smooth Sale!
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