Lean Into Your Partnerships

We all have learned a great deal in 2020… I know I have. And the learning is not over. It never is. But every once in a while, even though the learning and the growth continues, it makes sense to pause and think about what has been learned.

So, as we start to close in on the end of 2020, I plan on doing a lot of that. And here is my first such post, with one of my biggest lessons learned from a year unlike any other.

There is nothing more important or more powerful than the relationships in your life, professional and personal. I have always believed that to be true, and anyone who knows me well knows that I prioritize relationships.

But even though you might already know something or believe it to be true, it is empowering to “relearn” it again. And the importance of our Latimer partnerships has been something I have relearned over and over and over throughout 2020.

I will spare you the gory details, but this has been a challenging year for our company. Not nearly as challenging as it has been for many others. But challenging nonetheless. And throughout this year, what has struck me and my team so powerfully has been the strength of the partnerships we have with our clients, friends and vendors. We have, at many points along the way, been surprised and empowered by the many ways these partnerships have remained strong… in some cases even gotten stronger.

The lessons are two-fold:

  1. If you surround yourself with good people who work within good client companies, good things will happen most of the time.
  2. If you “invest” in those relationships, by treating people with respect, good things will happen almost all of the time.

Partnerships require constant tending in order to remain healthy… just like a garden. And if you want those partnerships to be healthy when the next bad time comes along, then make sure to tend to them every day, even when times are good.

Don’t ever take them for granted. Ever.

Have a great day, and stay safe.

Does your team:
– Take too long to make decision?
– Fail to ask for what it wants or needs from you?
– Make things too complicated?
– Deliver unconvincing or disorganized presentations?
– Have new hires who are unprepared to communicate in the workplace?

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Dean Brenner

A book about change

The Latimer Group’s CEO Dean Brenner is a noted keynote speaker and author on the subject of persuasive communication. He has written three books, including Persuaded, in which he details how communication can transform organizations into highly effective, creative, transparent environments that succeed at every level.