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The Power of Collaboration, Solopreneur to Copreneur - A Top Business Confidence Strategy

The Power of Collaboration, Solopreneur to Copreneur

Why Double Acts Have More Fun!

If you are a solo-preneur or a leader in education or business, you might find collaboration highly effective. It has tremendous benefits such as having champions and ambassadors in your fellow collaborators.

I found it worked well when...

Co-authoring two new books - The Diversity Dashboard and The Business of Professional Speaking, Building joint venture websitea based on this Business Catalyst Platform, and being the first Co-President of PSA UKI along with my speaker colleague and good friend, Jane Gunn.

In fact, Jane sent me this link to the Daily Mail. "Why Double Acts, Double your Fun." Jane is wonderful to work with. We achieve so much more together than we ever could individually and the fun element is present in everything we take on together. Some may call it intuition be that female or male.
Bill Gates of Microsoft, says it's...   

the blissful state of being able to get on to a ‘high bandwidth’ with a soulmate: ‘wordless communication that observers commonly describe as telepathic’.

Avoid Conflict

No relationship is without conflict A common reason people have difficulty managing collaboration and co-operative working relationships, is their failure to set rules. I recommend creating a detailed road-map of your roles with two or three non-negotiables. Establish your responsibilities from the outset; the more things you work out at the start, the more likely you will keep high emotions and difficult situations at bay.

Your personal and business relationships are two very different animals. The success of one doesn't guarantee the success of the other. Co-preneurs can take things that work in their home life and apply them to their business relationships. There are many areas of work and that mirror each other, and itís helpful to take notice of the instances where they correlate and work well.

Avoid Fuzzy Lines

Being clear about your roles is a good way to keep a degree of individuality and avoid undermining each other. I coach co-preneurs who to help them get all this sorted out. However, when they step in and out of each other's roles the lines become undefined and fuzzy. The habit causes confusion and recrimination. Avoid this situation like the plague. It is hugely time and energy draining. 

My number one no-go is never argue in front of others. Why? Because the conflict makes folks feel very uncomfortable. It hearkens back to childhood. How did you feel when your parents fought? Most youngsters feel insecure and uncertain.

Apply that analogy to your colleagues. If you and your business partner or leadership team openly disagree, what message does that send? You inject insecurity and uncertainty. And the loss of respect injects communication discord.  Seek harmonious relationships.

Avoid Resentment

Continuing the parent analogy, ensure that your business team clearly understand your individual roles. Otherwise you run the risk that they will pit you against each other. Or even worse, stop working on projects because they do not who to report to.

Children often do this don't they? They are masters of playing both ends against the middle, because they know precisely what they want. Do you? Children go to the parent who resists the least. Often this leads to antagonism and resentment. If it becomes a frequent occurrence, it can lead to the demise of happy family life.

Can you see how your personal work relationships may mirror each other? How do you handle disagreements in the workplace? On your board or executive team? What is your biggest area of conflict? Is it time for reflection? To make some changes? Consciously collaborate? 

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