Apparently a study emanating from an obscurely named corridor of Oxford University has pointed the finger of shame at Aussie blokes who don’t carry their weight when it comes to domestic chores. I picked up this article on Reuters under the title ‘Scandinavians most attractive husbands, Aussies least’. The study suggests that women are keen to enter into long-term partnerships with men as long as they aren’t Australian!
Now, there might be some substance in this study and the sample size was reasonable but – in my world – Australian men rate pretty highly when it comes to contributing to the success of a partnership. Obviously, the two Scandinavian ‘blokes’ in the ABBA partnerships were failing to put out the garbage each night as these relationships didn’t last!
What the Reuters article did spark in me were thoughts about partnerships – business partnerships. How many times have I heard my female friends say: “We’re going to start a business. We’re such great friends and have this great idea so we can’t wait to start. We know one another so well.”
I’m a glass half-full person, so if there’s an opportunity out there and two friends can develop it, then great – go for it. But please, don’t go into a business partnership with blinkers on, thinking that because you’re friends, you’re going to be in business happily ever after. You might think you know someone but throw money and stress into the equation and you could be quite surprised.
Success in business is all about taking risks and then managing those risks. Smart operators put systems in place as part of their risk minimisation strategy. I’ve looked at people over the years go through personal relationship bust-ups over and over again because they always chose a bloke for all the wrong reasons. Hormones can confuse the mind in love relationships, but business is (or should be) a hormone free zone. Be wary of anyone who is keen to enter into a business relationship but shies away from giving it a structure to make it last. If you hear the words “take a chance on me”, start running!
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