How Do You Know You Have a Great Relationship?
Ask each person individually who benefits more from the relationship.
Jim’s book, GOOD TO GREAT: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... And Others Don’t, attained long-running positions on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week best seller lists, has sold 3 million hardcover copies since publication and has been translated into 35 languages, including such languages as Latvian, Mongolian and Vietnamese.
His most recent book, HOW THE MIGHTY FALL: And Why Some Companies Never Give In, was published on May 19, 2009.
Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he now conducts research and teaches executives from the corporate and social sectors.
Jim has served as a teacher to senior executives and CEOs at over a hundred corporations. He has also worked with social sector organizations, such as: Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Leadership Network of Churches, the American Association of K-12 School Superintendents, and the United States Marine Corps. In 2005 he published a monograph: Good to Great and the Social Sectors.
In addition, Jim is an avid rock climber and has made one-day ascents of the North Face of Half Dome and the Nose route on the South Face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. He continues to climb at the 5.13 grade.
I have a great marriage. I’ve been married 31 years. And I have thought a lot about how you make a great marriage. How do you make great partnerships? How do you make great friendships?
To me, the highest honor in life is friendship and marriage and partnership. And your friends saying you’re a friend. I had a great mentor who once said to me, “You know what the definition of a great friendship is? A great partnership in life? A great mentorship? If you ask each person individually who benefits more from the relationship? Each person independently says the other person is so great that I do.”
That’s how you know when you have a great one.
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