"Both marriage and death ought to be welcome: the one promises happiness, doubtless the other assures it."
--- Mark Twain
It's been said that some business people are so consumed with their businesses, that it is though they are married to it. Spouses get jealous and relationships have ended because of unhealthy obsessions to the business. This type of owner/business relationship creates discord that metastasizes through the company and the family, eventually damaging both.
The problem is not with focused dedication to the business, but with a selfish intent on doing it all by oneself.
"In the past a leader was a boss. Today's leaders must be partners with their people… they no longer can lead solely based on positional power."
--- Ken Blanchard
But, a partnership or "marriage" to the team in the business works wonders. This type of marriage-to-the-business is based on giving up power to others and accepting other's loyalty while respecting and committing to them as well. It is having the confidence in your hiring ability to know that your team is capable of performing well without you watching their every move.
"If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail."
--- Winston Churchill
As with romantic relationships, your courtship is the time to discover the qualities that you like and dislike about the person. If the person is "the one", you learn to enhance the good qualities (giving them tools to perform well) and overlook the things that you can't change.
Providing this person, through good communication, an understanding of the direction you want to go is essential to a successful relationship. In turn, their perception of the path to be taken needs to be drawn out by you in order to create a healthy relationship.
"I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well."
--- Alan Greenspan
As in marriage, both sides must be satisfied. There has to be a healthy balance of give and take. You would not want your team members to feel slighted because the relationship seems to be all about you. Rewarding their efforts, not just monetarily, but with trust and respect, gives great mileage to the relationship.
As the relationship matures, the partnership will take on a life of its own. Trusting becomes easier, and knowing how each other operates becomes an asset to the running of the business. Along with the trust should come greater rewards for your teammates such as ownership in the company, and key decision-making opportunities.
"People say New Yorkers can't get along. Not true. I saw two New Yorkers, complete strangers, sharing a cab. One guy took the tires and the radio; the other guy took the engine."
--- David Letterman
As with marriage, it is essential to keep the passion in the relationship alive. To grow as a team means that every year the work flow becomes more synchronized. The rough edges smooth over and the business runs more like a well-oiled machine with all the parts working in harmony.
There will be times when a tune-up is needed. Outside activities as a team can help add spice to the relationship since counseling doesn't fit our metaphoric situation. Team-building activities can be found in almost any state and a simple Internet search can help find an activity and location. The key is to find activities that are fun and that will encourage reliance on one another.
"If you can run the company a bit more collaboratively, you get a better result, because you have more bandwidth and checking and balancing going on."
--- Larry Page
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