Why Having Humility is Necessary When Working with Your Partner

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In today’s modern business world, it can often seem as though having charisma, strength, enthusiasm, self-confidence and vision are the only ways to succeed. However, there is one often overlooked trait that can make a big difference to whether your business succeeds or fails, and that’s the characteristic of humility. Research has shown that businesses that include humility in their interactions with peers and employees encourage better employee engagement and job performance. This is especially true when you’re working with your partner, and you each have an equal share in the business.

One business leader who appreciates the value of humility in business, is Platinum Electricians franchisee Tracey McCoombes. When asked how she, her husband and her team maintain the company’s core value of being humble, she answered,

“We have our core values printed and put on our wall in the office. We continually emphasize to our staff how important it is to give great service. It’s really is important to keep it real. We offer a service, they are paying us, they pay our wages”.

Tracey also believes that having humility is especially necessary when working with your partner because you already know each other so well, and “… it’s not so easy to sometimes be told what to do at work.” However, by staying open minded and learning to let go and try a different way of doing things, you soon find that “Two heads are better than one, right?”

So, how could humility help you to build a better business, especially if you work with your partner?

By being open to each other’s opinions

It’s important that you seek input from your partner when making decisions that are going to affect the business. Business, and personal relationships, work much better when you ask for and value your partner’s opinions. So, don’t forget to ask for input, and remember to be receptive to their ideas.

Being aware of your partner’s needs

Your business performance will improve when you are both aware of each other’s business needs. Take the time to discuss your strengths and limitations and what you each need, to do the best possible job. Showing empathy with your partner is key to building a successful working relationship. You can rarely be wrong when you’re supportive and put others first.

Don’t be afraid to admit to your mistakes and ask for help

We all make mistakes, but we can often find it difficult to admit that we’ve messed up. However, if you’re willing to share your mistakes with your partner, they’ll be more likely to share theirs. Admitting your mistakes is a sign of strength rather than weakness. Plus, you can probably both learn a thing or two from how you dealt with, and recovered from your mistakes.

As Tracey said when asked what she had learned during her five and a half years as a Platinum franchisee, “The most important thing I’ve learnt would be don’t dwell on anything for long periods of time, if you need help, just ask for it”. Humble people always ask for help.

Knowing when to let go of control

Many of us have an urge to be in control of everything. However, you should know how and when to let go of the reins and let your partner take over. Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know an answer. When you show humility, your partner will be more likely to help you to find a solution. By being aware of your failings, people are much more forgiving.

Engaging in self-reflection

One of the most powerful ways to improve any area of your life, including your business life, is to do some self-reflection. You may want to try writing your feelings in a journal, detailing what has gone well and which things you could have handled better.

Letting your partner and team get on with the job

One of the major positives of working with your partner is that you can both work to your own strengths. However, try to resist micromanaging your partner or other members of your team, or questioning how they tackle their aspects of the business. Allow them to use their strengths for the good of your business.

Add value to your company with humility

As Tracey points out, humility is so valuable for a company because “Well, we go through so many stages in business, we can be doing very well and then the next season we could be scratching for work. It’s important that the times we are doing well is to keep humble because everybody falls down at some point. We need to stay humble so that when we are down there are people there wanting to help us up”.

According to Tracey, one really easy way to add humility to your company values is to “Treat people how you want to be treated.” And that, in a nutshell, is how humility can make your company into a success, whether or not you work with your partner, or you’re managing the company yourself.