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July 2009: Choose partnership first, then you and me.

A partnership-focused relationship is one that is aware of the power that words, actions, and behaviors have on creating the space that exists between two people. Partners who are aware of this power use their words carefully and act in ways that consciously create connection. This doesn’t mean that you can’t voice complaints or concerns; it does mean that you should consider how you do so and craft your words and actions carefully in a way that serves the partnership’s needs above your own personal needs.

What would happen if we start viewing our working relationships from this perspective? This month, look for opportunities to shift from a ‘what I want’ point of view to a ‘what would serve this partnership’ point of view. How does shifting to this win-win focus change the dynamic of your relationship?