Partnerships are a beautiful thing. They are especially important for us ‘solo-preneurs’ who are often working alone. Yes, I work with others, but I don’t go to an office where I see a lot of other people every day. I commute down the hallway to my home office where I peck away at the computer until it’s time to pack the suitcase and off I go to a client site or a hotel, which is often in another city. Partnerships allow me the ‘feeling’ of working as part of a team. I first met Jim Kirkpatrick at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and I really liked him and his message. Later I met Jim’s partner in marriage, Wendy over the telephone and I liked her too. In the short time that we’ve worked together on offering the Kirkpatrick Business Partner Certification programs in Canada, I’ve learned a lot from Wendy and Jim about marketing courses, about partnering with others and about creating win-win arrangements for mutual benefit. I guess that’s one of the things I like about partnerships. There are always new things to learn about this crazy business of training and development and I keep running into people who are so much smarter and more experienced than me. So, what to do? Get to know them as well as possible and learn, learn, learn! However, to do that, you must stay ‘teachable’ and to do that, you must acknowledge there are things you do not know. It’s not always easy to do. It’s a fine balance between having a healthy self-regard and having humility.

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