Many of the top companies today were started and grew as partnerships. Among the Internet online giants Twitter, Yahoo, eBay, and Google were all started with partnerships. And in many of these cases they were people who were at odds with each other. Once they looked past the differences they found that each complemented the other. For them such a union could make the process of birthing their dream, easier, better, and faster. They saw their partnership as potential for success.
Some of the largest tech companies have also started as partnerships. Intel, Apple, Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft are such examples. In many cases the way partners complement each other doesn’t have to be about the creation and launch of a product or service. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard worked together on many things, but they feel that the working atmosphere they created in their company was what helped it become as large as it did.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry’s started out as friends with a passion for food and a $5 course on ice-cream making. But many say their real success came from their agreement on becoming a socially and environmentally aware business. Their focus went beyond the company profits.
These are only a few examples of highly profitable and worldwide recognized companies that have started as partnerships. When you read the histories of these icons, you see that many partners did not get along; in fact some even today are not amicable. Yet they worked on success by focusing on their product or service, their clients, their employees, and their industry. Success was a byproduct.
If you’re struggling with your partner or your partnership, can you set aside your differences and see the big picture with the understanding that your partner is a unique benefit for your endeavor? If not, feel free to contact me for help in sorting through the issues.