Power Partners and Career Success

I did a blog post last week about an article I saw in the July 2011 issue of SUCCESS Magazine providng some great career advice on the importance of being a learner.  I followed that up with another post on learning yesterday.  As you know, I love SUCCESS, and I encourage everyone I know to subscribe at http://www.success.com.

I found some more career advice in that same issue that I would like to pass on here.  Check it out…

“Connect with a power partner to stay focused on your goals.  How do you find a power partner?  Look for a colleague or friend who:

  1. Lives out similar values and priorities as you.
  2. Understands what’s necessary to make you and your business profitable.
  3. Is focused on improving his or her business.
  4. Cares about you enough to hold you accountable for your word.”

I have found a great power partner in J.T. O’Donnell.  J.T. runs two really cool career success sites: www.Careerealism, and www.CareerHMO.  I met J.T. a while back when I became a Careerealism approved expert.  I’ve found that I have a lot in common with her.  When I told her that I was considering creating a membership site to provide laser focused career success coaching to folks who want to go one step beyond what they read on my blog, she immediately offered to help.

I’m happy to say that my membership site, “My Corporate Climb” will be launching very soon.  My Corporate Climb is a membership site devoted to helping people create career success inside a corporation.  J.T. has really helped me with this site.  She exemplifies the four characteristics of a power partner.

1) J.T. and I are both in business.  We want to make a profit.  But both she and I are really interested in and passionate about helping people create the life and career success they want and deserve.  We have the same values and priorities.

2) J.T. understands how to set up and operate a membership site.  She has taught me a lot about the best way to get my ideas on life and career success in front of the most people in the most economical way.  While she is way more than 20 years my junior, she is a true mentor for me.

3) J.T. is focused on improving her business.  She is always trying something new.  She is actively engaged in finding the best ways to make her content available to the most people possible.

4) Finally, J.T. keeps me on my toes.  We speak regularly and she lets me know if I’m delinquent or tardy in getting her information she needs to help me get my membership site up and running.  She holds my feet to the fire and gets me off the dime when I am procrastinating.

Who is your J.T. – your power partner?  If you have one, good for you.  Meet with him or her once a week for 30 minutes to an hour.  If you don’t have a power partner find one.

A while back I created an acronym for the word “mentor.”  This is the kind of person you need to look for as a power partner….

M Motivates you to accomplish more than you think you can.

E Expects the best of you.

N Never gives up on you or lets you give up on yourself.

T Tells you the truth, even when it hurts.

O Occasionally kicks your butt.

R Really cares about you and your success.

Look for people with these qualities when you are searching for a power partner.  Embody them yourself when you are acting as a power partner for others.

The career success coach point here is simple common sense.  Power partners can help keep you moving in the direction of your career success dreams and help you create the life and career success you want and deserve.  To my way of thinking, power partnerships are reciprocal mentoring relationships.  The career advice in Tweet 51 in Success Tweets applies here.  “Find a mentor.  Mentors are positive people who will help you find the lessons in your experiences and use them to move forward.”  A power partner relationship, like the one I have with J.T. O’Donnell, is to move your drive toward your life and career success forward.  And, power partnerships are great because they are reciprocal mentoring relationships.  You both give help and get help.  Be a positive person.  Become a power partner.  Help yourself and others achieve the life and career success they want and deserve.

That’s my career advice on power partnerships.  What do you think?  Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us in a comment.  As always, thanks for reading my daily thoughts on life and career success.  I value you and I appreciate you.  I hope you think of me as a power partner who is helping you create the life and career success you want and deserve.

Bud

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