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September 29, 1997

Joint Venture (Part Two)

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If one falls down, his friend can help him up. ECCLESIASTES 4:10
Partnership is a great idea—unless it doesn’t work. Then it seems like a terrible idea. If you want a partner—someone to genuinely share the workload—then you can’t engineer the relationship to look like two sole proprietors working in tandem. It can’t be the kind of arrangement in which, despite the fact that “partnership” is the title on the front door, the individuals inside are working for themselves and simply sharing overhead.
Partnership means you have to give up certain perks of being a lone ranger in order to gain the benefits of joint synergy. Synergy is not something that comes naturally or easily. Synergy means that you share the decision-making as well as the spotlight. Partnership means that you keep your ego under control. A joint venture means that you give credit where it is due and take blame where necessary. A great working definition of a productive partnership is when all involved feel as if a burden is being jointly carried.
You know you are involved in a bad partnership when you feel as if you are doing much or all of the work, while the others involved are getting a free ride on your shoulders. A good partnership is something that you will never trade in. As Solomon says, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
Would you like a little help with the part of work that causes stress and sweat? Investigate the power of partnership.

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