Powerful Partnerships

I love collecting and sharing quotes that I can apply to leadership — all kinds of quotes: movie quotes, those I find on Twitter, or just quips I hear in passing that sometimes make me chuckle–like “I’m finer than frog’s hair.” This is in response to a question of “How are you today?” Probably my favorite quote (or verse in this case) comes from the book of Ecclesiastes.  It simply states without equivocation that Two are Better Than One. This verse came to me one morning as I was struggling to figure out how I might get teachers and leaders in our building to collaborate and connect with educators outside our building–not just the obligatory weekly meetings or staff development. I was searching for something deeper and more meaningful.

Two are better than one…for if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow.

I’ve experienced the power of partnering with others firsthand, and the joy associated with this kinship is priceless. Knowing that you’re a small part of something bigger like investing in the lives of children is humbling when you eventually see who they become. It’s possible for one person to dedicate their lives to a particular cause and make a difference, but imagine the possibilities for growth, expansion, and innovation when we allow others to join the cause that we’re so passionate about.

Today I challenge you to think of a project you’re currently working on or one that only exists in your mind, and determine how the benefit of a second pair of eyes, a little feedback, or a gentle nudge from a trusted friend or colleague might enhance your work. Then, take a giant leap of faith. Ask for help, and expect something powerful to come from that connection.

I partnered with my mentee Charlene for assistance with creating this blog because I’ve always wanted to share my experiences and take-aways with others, and I wanted to use writing as that vehicle. So I consulted someone I trust to look at my little book of big ideas, and now you’re looking at them too (Well, just a snapshot).

A funny thing happened en route to publishing this blog…I lost it! I consulted every learner’s partner — Google, and alas, it is found.

So what are you waiting for? Someone is depending on you to take that giant step (or baby step) that will make a difference in their lives. The time to partner up is now! May blessings abound. ❤

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  1. bmwhaiti says:

    Love, love, love this! Thankful your extra pair of eyes and nudges in our conversation yesterday as well. Two is definitely better than one!

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    1. Thanks so much for supporting me, Charlene! I look forward to learning with you as we both conquer the Word Press mountain. Keep blogging. The world needs to hear your voice.

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  2. Tiffinay says:

    This is so amazing! The overall title/topic embodies a thought that so many of us have but seldom practice. Thank you for the challenge and thank you for the reminder. I can’t wait to follow your blog!

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    1. Thanks for reading my post on partnerships, Tiffinay! How will you accept the challenge this week? Who will you partner with as you take the next step in realizing your dreams?

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    2. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment, Tiff. It truly means a lot to me.

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  3. Ina Cheatham says:

    There is absolutely power in partnership, and many need to remember or understand that their marriage indeed is a partnership. You must constantly consult and openenly communicate with your #2 partner (God being #1). Many still have not learned this and that’s why many marriages fail. I have fallen short with telling my partner things lately, so this week, that is where I begin, Sunshine.

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    1. Thanks for reading my post on partnerships, Ina. You hit the nail on the head. Two of our priority partnerships are with God and our spouse. If you’re in good standing with the two of them, you can accomplish anything you endeavor to do. I applaud you for accepting the challenge.

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  4. Victoria R. Woods-Monsivais says:

    Great read and nice job!!!! I look forward to reading all of your posts. This is classical Michelle, always motivating, encouraging, inspirating and NUDGING others in the right direction. I accept your challenge and can’t wait to read more.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and give me feedback. If I can partner with you in any way as you pursue your goals, let me know.

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  5. Sonia says:

    Wow! you never cease to inspire me Michelle! what an insightful blog. Love it! Indeed two are better than one, 100% agree with you on partnership, Everyone needs support one time or another. Im working on a new project besides the school, im in baby stage and im encouraged to seek for partners in this new endeavour. Thank you Michelle.

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    1. Thanks for reading my blog, Sonia! It’s so great to hear from you, and I appreciate your feedback. I’d love to hear more about this new project — sounds exciting! Send me a Whats App message sometime this week, and we can connect on Google Hangouts soon. So, who will you reach out to this week to make your project successful?

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  6. David Kwan says:

    I have really enjoyed partnering with you for #formativechat! The questions are awesome because we think through them together!

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    1. David, the feeling is mutual. You make me think, and I love a challenge. Let’s keep the momentum going!

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