Over the past two decades, Gallup has conducted exhaustive research on human nature and productivity in the workplace. In "Power of 2," Gallup executives Rodd Wagner and Gale Muller share the secrets of a successful partnership based on their groundbreaking research on collaboration. If you want to have a great partnership, then this book was written 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."