Last weekend my eldest daughter and I engaged on a project. A grand recycling and repurposing project! Over the last 14 years I have gathered a useful array of ‘this will be useful’ items of wood. Old fence posts, old pallets, old decking and parts of fence panels, and this weekend was to be their grand repurposing. They now would piece together to become a ‘garden lounge bench’. Together, Sophie and I partnered sharing ideas, tools and some elbow grease to work on the bench.
Andy leaned forward, “now Colin, what is important here is for you to unashamedly milk your contacts. As you start your business you will need help. Your contacts won’t mind helping you.” It’s the advice I was given as I started Everyday Leader and it was right. The support I got from partnering with others was excellent. Practical advice, introducing contacts, feedback on ideas and just words of encouragement. All support that helped write those early chapters. Partnering fo
You’re doing pretty well by yourself. You’ve got this far. So, why partner with anyone? It’s a good question, because in many ways working by yourself is far easier as you only have yourself to worry about. But let’s take a little delve into science/engineering to help us see a metaphor that helps. Examine the principle of ‘alloy’. An alloy is a mixture of metals, rather than just a pure single element. Alloys are often made to bring the best properties from the metals used t
There is an ancient parable about blind men and an elephant. This originated from the Indian subcontinent and there are range of versions now. Central to the story is a group of blind men who have never come across an elephant before. They each start to feel the elephant in order to conceptualise it. Each blind man feels a different part of the elephant's body, but only one part, such as the tail, the side, the leg or the tusk. As they describe their limited experience, their
Ross scratched his head. “I just can’t land what the purpose of this company is in a succinct form.” Gemma, his coach, just listened as he talked through how his company started and where he wanted it to go and the challenges that lie ahead. “It’s ok. Let me just ask you these 5 questions. What is it that you do? Why do you do it? Why do you do it? Why do you do it? Why do you do it?” Slowly, they worked their way through the questions getting deeper into the core of his and