I tip my hat to the keeper of the stars, he sure knew what he was doin' when he joined these two hearts..
-Tracy Byrd, Keeper of the stars
And sometimes, just sometimes we get it right and we meet a kindred partner. Someone that just get's us and that's brave enough to take on the "till death do us part" bit of life with us. My Hein is that someone to me. Oh we are not perfect - not at all! We can argue a good point and definitely don't agree on everything. But we carry each other's imperfections and we laugh together and that's our little recipe for success- it works for us. Above all, we trust each other implicitly.
Our partnership and life journey got me thinking about partners and partnerships in general. We'd all like to think that we can go at it alone. That we have what it takes to do what needs to be done whilst moving and shaking along the way. I beg to differ slightly. Whilst there's great value and uniqueness in individual efforts our strengths have been proven stronger in numbers. What's better than finding that kindred spirit in someone (or multiple someones) in our places of work? In our community.
In my career I've had quite a few memorable people that made an impact on my growth, my thinking and shaped some of who and what I am today. With each of them I shared a strong bond, it's foundation solidified in trust.
There was Nelie, hard worker to the core that taught me about commitment and work ethic, Lynette, super suave with exceptionally well honed negotiation skills and Andre, a clever thinker and a whip smart man. Then came Anne, a true lady with the kindest heart and a deep rooted love for people, Linda an absolute wealth of knowledge and 'know how' and Robin one of the "cleverest" industrial relations specialists I've ever met. There was Vathiswa, with her pure passion for people management and Tesha, a woman with the biggest heart and greatest compassion. All were partners, great leaders and exceptional people. But there was also Jenny, our girl friday that taught me humility, Limon and Kobie for both no request was ever too big and Vusi, a true unionist that taught me the importance of advocating strongly, consistently and fearlessly.
At GSL I have found a strong partner in Lyndsey. She is my sounding board. My "windsock" so to speak. Our bond is built on loyalty, absolute commitment and unequivocal trust.
But partnership extends further than people. It links strongly to community, raises awareness for how we are able to benefit from and add value to each other.
Business success, like marriage and relationships depends largely on trust. Community trust and employee trust not to mention the trust of our clients, their families and their advocates. It's essential! We work hard at it. Consistently. Without fail!
In her blog https://www.gslservices.com.au/post/the-trust-in-relationships Lyndsey highlighted the importance of trust and deposits and withdrawals to the "trust account". I am conscious that, through business, employment and linking to partners in the community we are constantly opening "trust accounts", transacting daily. Sometimes these accounts fall to overdraft and we have to work very hard at getting them out of the negatives and back into the positives again. Sometimes this is possible. Sometimes it's just not. In life and marriage this may mean the termination of a relationship, marriage or friendship. In employment, the decision to move on or be moved on. In business dissolving a service agreement or memorandum of understanding.
More often than not thought, trust remains in tact and we share many years of mutually beneficial life experiences / business partnerships and employment relations.
Oh they may not be perfect - not at all! We can argue a good point and definitely don't agree on everything. But we carry each other's imperfections and we laugh together and that's our little recipe for success- it works for us. Above all, we trust each other implicitly.
It's true. Trust me!