My partner and I would frequently get in email battles and heated arguments in front of employees.
The biggest problems my partners and I had was not knowing how to communicate properly. Notice I didn’t say ‘a lack of communication’. I communicated a lot…I worked in the same small office.
We all get into arguments with our partners. But what’s it all for? Can we even remember WHY the last argument started?
The way to a restored and happy business partnership is through good communication, but we don’t know how to speak what matters, let alone to listen well and respond.
The Bible says in Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
God wants us to be great communicators by listening and really knowing your partners needs.
I believe God wants us to 1) Think about this greater purpose next time you’re talking with your partners. 2)While most daily talk is simply to share information or discuss less-than vital decisions, try to be fully present with your business partners even when discussing the most mundane of details. 3) Make it a practice to share with each other when you’re stressed or excited about. 4) Make the goal of communication with your partners developing greater compassion for one another.
What I learned over the years is that communication isn’t just the act of speaking. Communication is also listening and empathizing its really a self-less act.
We all start out born knowing how to communicate one way….cry to get fed. But if we want real change in our partnerships, we have to learn the other side of communication: listening.