Powerful partnerships exist when two unique individuals can communicate their needs and their assets, while respecting another person's needs and assets. I must be true to my language, while seeking to learn yours, and you must do the same to me in return.
Typically, a "first day" on the job looks like a lot of paperwork, not much interaction and a definite start off on the wrong foot. Instead of sending the message to new hires that they are being courted for long-term commitment, organizations welcome them in a cold, sterile and less than exciting way. First impressions are too important to keep doing them the wrong way!
What is the appropriate balance between embracing our strengths (and consequently admitting our non-strengths) and being willing to learn new skills, grow, and develop? For how long do we keep stretching before deciding that our professional muscles just aren’t cut out for a certain task, job or role?
All too often, I think we approach collaboration and mentorship with a “survival of the fittest” mentality instead, seeing the pie as a limited size. If the pie can’t grow, then adding more diners will only shrink my piece. This mindset leads to an unhealthy view of personal and professional growth & development.