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The Power of Two, Collaboration in Action

Eilidh Milnes

Eilidh Milnes Jane Gunn Co Presidents PSA

Do you collaborate?

If you are a solo-preneur, a business leader or head teacher you might find collaboration highly effective. It  has tremendous benefits such as having champions and ambassadors in your fellow collaborators. Would you like to explore being a co-preneur? Could collaboration help you be more productive? I found it worked well when:

In fact, just Jane has just sent me this link to the Daily Mail. "Why Double Acts, Double your Fun." Jane has been wonderful to work with this year, we've achieved so much more together than we would have done individually and the fun element has been present in everything we've taken on together.  "Bill Gates, of Microsoft, calls this the blissful state of being able to get on to a ‘high bandwidth’ with a soulmate: ‘wordless communication that observers commonly describe as telepathic’." We might call it female intuition. 

A couple of tips...

No relationship is without conflict

A common reason people have difficulty managing collaboration and co-operative working relationships, is their failure to set rules. I recommend creating a detailed road map of your roles with two or three non-negotiables. Establish your responsibilities from the outset; the more things you work out at the start, the more likely you will keep emotions at bay.

Your personal and business relationships are two different animals. The success of one doesn't guarantee the success of the other. Co-preneurs can take things that work in their home life and apply them to their business relationships. There are many areas of work and that mirror each other, and itís helpful to take notice of the instances where they correlate and work well.

Avoid fuzzy lines

Being clear about your roles is a good way to keep a degree of individuality and avoid undermining colleagues. I coach co-preneurs who appear to have this all sorted out. However, when they step in and out of each other's roles the lines become undefined and fuzzy. This habit causes confusion and recrimination.


My number one no-go advice is never argue in front of others. Why? Because the conflict makes folks feel very uncomfortable. It hearkens back to childhood. How did you feel when your parents fought? Most youngsters feel insecure and uncertain. Apply that analogy to your colleagues. If you and your business partner or leadership team are arguing openly, what message does that send? You inject insecurity and uncertainty. And the loss of respect will inject poison.

Continuing the parent analogy, ensure that your team clearly understand your individual roles so that they can't pit you against each other.  Children often do this don't they? They are masters of playing both ends against the middle, because they know what they want. Children go to the parent who resists the least. Often this leads to discord between parents. If it becomes a frequent occurrence, it can lead to the demise of happy family life. 

Can you see how your personal work relationships may mirror each other? How do you handle disagreements in the workplace? On your board or executive team? What is your biggest area of conflict? We'd love to hear from you. And if you'd like to discuss this topic further just drop us a line.

To Positive Collaboration!

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