This 2-part blog post is dedicated firstly to the awesomeness of my business partner Janine (J9) and secondly to the value of establishing healthy relationships.
The idea for this blog (as part of my 31 day challenge) was to write about someone you admire and when it comes to work my lovely biz partner Janine is right up there. She has numerous qualities that draw me to working with her and we make a great team! We have a fantastic working relationship but it is something we consciously work at on a regular basis.
So today I focus on the awesomeness of Janine and tomorrow I'll share some more about HOW we take care of our working relationship and our friendship!
The story of our working relationship
Janine and I have been friends for more than 7 years, after we first met while working with a New Zealand based outdoors youth development programme. Since then we have worked on various programmes through NZ and internationally, and finally became business partners 18 months ago.
The qualities that drew me to work with J9
her passion and enthusiasm for her work and her life
her ability to see the big picture, and create opportunities wherever she looks
her creativity, use of colour, flair and adventure
her unwavering commitment to her values
her openness and honesty – I always know where I stand!
her ability to walk the talk and wholly integrate the things she talks about
And there are loads more but you gotta stop somewhere!
Shared vision is crucial for our working relationship
It would be tough to go into business with someone if you don't share at least some level of the same values, vision and purpose. Our business performance and our working relationship are built on the fact that we have a shared vision for our work together.
Now there is no question that we have hugely different strengths and the contributions we make to LYSB are polar opposite (part of the reason we are such a great team) but underneath all that we are on the same page in terms of what we want to create for ourselves and our clients, and also the way in which we want to do it.
Lucky to have such a wonderful, inspiring and fun business partner eh?
Can working relationships with friends actually happen?
There is loads of advice out there about never going into business with your friends….. it will always be the end of the friendship etc. etc. Janine and I have ignored all such advice and for over a year now have been working successfully on our business – and I truly believe our friendship hasn't suffered (although lets be clear we don't always agree on everything!)
So that's the focus of tomorrows blog post – I'll share some more about how we take care of our friendship and our working relationship so that neither are compromised (and even how we get through the wobbly bits and come out the other side still being good friends AND biz buddies).
In the meantime:
I'd love to know more about your business situation.
Do you have a business partner?
Have you ever worked on a project with a friend?
How are your working relationships?
And do come back tomorrow to read more about how we make sure we look after our working relationship.