As we close 2015 and make the transition into 2016 I was reminded this month of the importance of partnerships. I was making the 2.5 hour drive from Columbus (Ohio) to our client in Indianapolis with one of RDG’s other owners, Mike Trubiano, riding shotgun. As is typical, we strategized business, talked about family, argued about politics, sports, well… you name it, and more than anything just kept each other company for the extended ride.
Mike and I have been both business partners and friends for over 35 years, culminating in the launch of Capital Funding Strategies, which is now Resource Development Group, 20 years ago this month. It’s been a wild ride to say the least — through a merger, growth, contraction, growth again, 9/11, the global meltdown, systemic evolutions in the economic development industry, not to mention seven kids and now one grandchild between our two families. Never a dull moment as they say!
Relationships (platonic or otherwise) are about relating and connecting. When the chemistry is right, there can be tremendous benefits, not the least of which is helping to pass the time on the open road or run a business through all of the ups, downs, twists and turns. I don’t mind solitude from time to time but it’s always nice to have an amigo riding shotgun; in the car or otherwise. And sometimes, it’s just comforting to know we’re not alone.
Keep that in mind as we start 2016 — partnerships, collaboration, relationships, alliances, unions, affiliations — things just go better when we are working together. Make a pledge to yourself as you start the new year — find a partner that will help you enhance what you do; commit to a collaborative alliance that has the potential to elevate both organizations for the ultimate benefit of the community you serve. Be an ally, not an antagonist!
Special thanks for providing the inspiration for this blog post to:
Pastor David B. Moore
Exeter Area Christian Fellowship
Exeter, New Hampshire