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Why You Need to Surround Yourself with Like-Valued People

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John C. Maxwell says no one climbs a mountain without preparation, hard work and a crystal-clear picture of what it’ll take to survive the trek and reach the top of the mountain.

Having the right partners will help you gain momentum and realize your vision. The moment you partner with somebody, you can access new resources: the other person’s knowledge, experience, influence and potential. When you are already achieving at a highly effective level, you don’t gain a great increase by improving yourself because you can grow only a certain amount. Instead, you gain it by partnering or connecting with other capable people who bring something different to the table.

When seeking partners, don’t choose people based on what they say they can do or based on what they did once. Choose based on their regular behaviours. That’s how you know what they really value.

Too often our choices are made by what we think we could or should do rather than what we usually do.

To find like-valued people, you need to know what you’re looking for. Think about the values most important to you for making a difference in the lives of others. As a starting point, look for people who embody these 12 qualities:

1.      Thinks about others first.

2.      Thinks bigger than self.

3.      Has a passion that’s contagious.

4.      Offers complementary skills.

5.      Is great at support.

6.      Possesses a can-do spirit.

7.      Has an expanded influence.

8.      Holds an activist mind-set.

9.      Is a proven ladder builder.

10.   Stands out from the crowd.

11.   Creates teamwork.

12.   Makes a difference.

Remember: Great partnerships make you better than you are. They multiply your values, enable you to do what you do best, allow you to help others do their best, give you more time, help you fulfil the desires of your heart, and compound your vision and effort. 

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Written by Paul Whalley
Paul Whalley is a Professional Engineer with an MBA and a post master’s certificate in Leadership Coaching. He is a certified Management Consultant and Master Coach and is accredited with the Institute for Independent Business as well as being a Founders Circle member of the John Maxwell Team of trainers, speakers and coaches. He has over twenty five years of corporate global leadership experience and currently runs a professional services company focusing on strategy, change management, and leadership. He is a co-developer of the PowerUp range of coaching and consulting business solutions and can be contacted at

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