October 31, 2018

To hold back


Partnerships, all partnerships, are based on trust.

Trust that you’ll do what you say you’re going to do. Trust that you won’t stiff me over things I cant see or don’t understand. Trust that we’ll work together to overcome the inevitable difficulties. Trust that we can do more together than we can apart.

It’s true at home and it’s true at work.

All that, and then, most important, trust that you’ll be honest with me.

And that’s the highest bar. Because honesty requires trust on the other side, trust that I’ll hear what has to be said and deal with it as if we were both on the same side of the table.

Intellectually, that’s an easy Yes. 

Emotionally, when the chips look like they’re heading into the abyss, it’s much easier to hold back.


Partnerships need clarity.

Skippy strategy: Say the things that need to be said.