This week I was reminded of how wonderful partnerships can be when like-minded women collaborate on a joint project.
A small group of us were getting together to talk about starting an International Women’s Day event in Burlington. We each represented a different women’s group and where it might seem strange to bring competing groups together, that wasn’t the case at all.
In part, I am sure, because we don’t view each other as competition as we each offer different services/programs. It is what we have in common that is the underscore of what we want to achieve – we all help and support women in one way or another.
And it is that common goal and shared values that will make whatever we organize a success. As we brainstormed what we wanted to do, it was evident that we each brought our unique talents and perspectives to the table. For example, one member Anna, works with artisans and new immigrants and her suggestions serve to enrich the experience. And with the mutual respect in the room, it bodes well moving forward.
It is that mutual respect that kindles positive partnerships. Take this summer, four women’s groups in the Guelph area are working together to host a summer social for women entrepreneurs. As a result we have over 70 women coming to the event and we are able to hold it at a venue that none of us could have done on our own. My hope is this will be the first of several occasions when we can work together.
Now I have had my share of partnerships that have not worked out – for one reason or another, mainly when we don’t share the same goals and values. My advice is usually to date first. Pick a mutually beneficial project and test out the relationship.
Meanwhile I have high hopes for our group in Burlington. Stay tuned.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.