Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Work and in Life Hardcover – Oct 27 2009
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About the Author
Rodd Wagner is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing (Gallup Press, 2006). He is a principal of Gallup, a former investigative journalist, and a former radio talk show host.
Gale Muller, Ph.D., is vice chairman of Gallup. He oversees the firm’s global opinion research, including the Gallup World Poll.
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Gallup research shows that there are eight elements of a powerful partnership; complementary strengths, common mission, fairness, trust, acceptance, forgiveness, communicating and unselfishness. Rodd Wagner (the author of the bestselling 12: The Elements of Great Managing) and Gale Muller write in a wonderful style that brings to life through stories and real life examples the findings of this research and provides glimpses into powerful partnerships like Michael Eisner and Frank Wells of Disney; Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft who crossed 1,7 78 miles of Antarctica in 97 days; Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman and Amod Tversky in their study of decision making and Karl Malone and John Stockton of the Utah Jazz professional basketball team.
If you are interested in reaching excellence in your partnerships this is the book for you.
Wagner and Muller detail the eight elements required for partners to succeed - complementary strength, common mission, fairness, trust, acceptance, forgiveness, communicating, and unselfishness. They also weave rich histories of successful collaborations - Utah Jazz greats Karl Malone and John Stockton, Disney's Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, Orville and Wilbur Wright (who won the flip of the coin to fly first?), John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and many more - throughout the book to underscore key learnings
"If you want to have great partnerships, be a great partner. Get beyond yourself. Give up the notion that you are well-rounded, and stop expecting your colleagues to be universally proficient. Incorporate someone else's motivations into your view of the accomplishment. Loosen up. Put aside your competitive nature, your prepackaged view of how the thing should be done, and your desire not to be inconvenienced with the imperfections of a fellow human being. Focus more on what you do for the partnership than what you get from it. Demonstrate trust in more people, and see if they don't surprise you with their trustworthiness. Be slower to anger and quicker to forgive. And along the way, communicate continuously."
I have had numerous successful collaborations throughout my life and can attest to the positive role they have played in my life. We were made for collaboration. If you have not yet experienced how marvelous collaboration can be, you are missing an opportunity for incredible things - discovering special relationships, finding greater strength in yourself, increasing your happiness, achieving greater heights than you thought attainable, and most importantly, experiencing something beyond self. Wagner and Muller provide an excellent road map for taking this "road less traveled."
Strong recommendation for this book - if everyone maximized their partnerships, the world would take a big leap forward.