Great teams & partners are rare! Great partners are rare because most people don't appreciate the contributions and leverage other people make to their personal success. In order to get you to have to give and while giving you often get more than you gave. Here are ten critical essentials to developing and being a great partner.
Pick someone capable of being a great partner (look for character, competence, temperament, and judgment)
Be a great partner - if you think you're a good partner today - you aren't!
Be actively and genuinely committed to your partner's success
Become an expert on your partner's story - how did they get here and become who they are
Dedicate regular non-work time to have fun together
Provide each other unvarnished constructive & positive regular feedback no matter what
Be highly responsive
Assume the best unless a pattern of behavior informs you otherwise
Be equal contributors - overtime partnerships don't survive unequal contributions
Be patient- great partnerships are built over time
Life is too short to spend too much time with people who don't add to both your quality and quantity of life.