We really do need each other!

Every day we make choices whether to go it alone or go together.

While I need and value my “alone” time, I know the best way for me to succeed is by building or finding a team of talented people with a desire to help others succeed.    By working with others in partnership, I can learn, ask for help, solve bigger problems, get good counsel, and find relationships for the future.

Partnership works well at all levels.  Companies today cannot be all things due to investment constraints.  A great way around that restriction is to find someone who has the assets you need and partner.  That works locally as well as internationally.  Entering a new market?  Find a local expert who will appreciate your company.  Looking for new opportunities?  Partner and share your network connections to support each other.

None of us can succeed on our own.  We need to reach out and offer some help.  Your giving will be returned many times over.  Just be patient.

Ultimately, look for the win-win.  If you strive for a win at all costs, you diminish your success and it will be fleeting.  Life is not a Zero-Sum game where I have to lose in order for you to win.  Finding the common goals we share will allow us to partner for winning.  Help grow the world by proposing things that enhance and build value for yourself, your suppliers, your customers.  By helping the whole value chain, we strengthen it for future use and always outperform the competition.

Hope you all have a great week.


PS: I am pursuing  some great opportunities and I am continuing to search for others.  If anyone has input or ideas, they are always welcome.  Also, as usual, if there is something I can help you with, please let me know.


Author: John

Business Executive with Marketing, Product, Sales and General Management Experience. Currently, consulting in areas of strategic marketing, pricing excellence, key account management, and market driven innovation. Love to read, ride my bike, swim, compete in tri's, pick/drink wine, meet with friends, live life.

2 thoughts on “We really do need each other!”

  1. John, I’ve said this before, and will say it again. I really enjoy your writings: in their style, relevancy and insight.

    I agree with your thoughts on partnerships and believe they are becoming even more valuable – even essential. As the world has become ever more complex and “smaller” at the same time, I think its fair to say that the number and nature of the global problems that business (even society) faces have grown in complexity and impact. Increasingly, these “issues” – read opportunities – require more and more diverse elements of awareness and expertise to resolve.

    Why? Well, the world IS growing “smaller:” the ever-more integrated global economy, increased accessibility (and consumption) of resources, population growth, greater international societal dispersion, environmental concerns, formerly 3rd world countries becoming industrialized, accessibility to advanced global communications, etc. I like to call this collective phenomena “Global Intimacy SM.”

    Because of escalating “Global Intimacy SM”, the real drivers of the problems and the inter-relationships of their impact are starting to become more evident. The decisions that individuals and organizations make and the actions they take really DO matter. Collectively, they have literally moved mountains! Historically, the aggregation of such dis-integrated, insulated, simple-dimensioned decisions, has in many cases, been the root cause of many of the more nasty problems we are facing, and that we can read about in news headlines around the world today.

    I see a subtle, yet significant enhancement to partnerships beginning to develop. I see a world trying to adjust to ever-increasing competitive pressures. I see businesses that are becoming more enlightened: recognizing the “Real Total Cost SM” of doing business, many of which are not presently clearly represented on the income statement or balance sheet. I read more and more stories substantiating that business owners and investors are increasingly demanding that their interests disclose their Real Total Cost SM, as they are a significant contributor to their “Real Net Earnings SM.”

    As the pressures continue to rise, and as this enlightenment continues, the need for “Real Partnerships SM” that focus on better managing “integrated global risk”SM (versus merely shifting “proprietary risk” SM) has, and will continue to grow. Real Partnerships SM help businesses (and communities) leverage the growing “Global Intimacy SM” as a means for on-going, profitable growth, a catalyst for innovation and an improved quality of life.


  2. Loved the book, loved this recap as well as your comments. We are not meant to go it alone. Great talent in groups and we are here to help each other, sharing great gifts along the way. Well done, John!


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