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Partnering: Forge the Deep Connections That Make Great Things Happen

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An inspirational call to build deep business and personal relationships as the foundation of a meaningful life and purposeful collaborations, drawing from the wisdom of legendary partnerships including Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Ben and Jerry, Desmond and Leah Tutu, and the collective who saved humanity by closing the ozone hole.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 8th 2022 by Optimism Press
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May 19, 2022 added it
Deep Connections lay the groundwork for creating something larger than yourself and impacting the world. Develop Deep Connections in both your business and private life through cultivating a shared purpose and a moral ecosystem of virtues. By celebrating friction and creating space for Magnetic Moments, you can turn conflict on its head and foster even greater connection while exploring new opportunities for growth that your relationships have to offer.


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NOT A REVIEW. A summary From Blinkist:
Partnering (2022) looks at what it takes to develop deep connections in both business and personal relationships. Drawing from interviews with some of the world’s most legendary partnerships including Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel and the collective which saved the ozone these blinks are a guide through the six principles of connection which can elevate your relationships and make an impact on the world.
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Scott Wozniak
Mar 16, 2022 rated it it was ok
I'm a HUGE believer in the power of partnerships. I have some truly great partnerships in my life right now. So I was excited for this book. But I'm sorry to say that this book was really basic and boring. There were some really famous examples of partners--but there were no real insights to go with them. Maybe if you have never read anything on good relationships, then this would be useful to you. But it covered stuff like establish trust and have a shared mission or goal. It didn't cover how t ...more
Art Thomas
Jul 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
For some reason I've been reading a lot of this kind of book lately. Partnering is elevated compared to most "insight" books however, as Jean Oelwang has some serious experience in the area. She was involved in creating The Elders, a group that includes (or included) the Carters, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. She is also the CEO of Virgin Unite so she's experienced this first hand at the highest level.

The tough part of this book is that she's trying to weave sixty (60!) partnerships into 230
Nic Martino
Mar 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic global accounts of how to build relationships and create large-scale change in the world. Jean's experience and her connection to movers and shakers make this a quick read full of inspiration and tangible takeaways to better your personal and professional development. After reading, I shared the book with my 99-year-old grandmother who recently moved into an assisted living facility. Within the week of her starting the book, she began eating in the dining room and joining more social e ...more
Nov 22, 2022 rated it liked it
I rate the content: 4, but the writing: 2.
While I love the concept of Deep Connections and some of the material and principles, there were a couple of things that grated for me:
1. It felt unnecessarily verbose. Flowery or emotive adjectives. Repetition.
2. It saw no value in individuals as individuals - only in collectives. While the author did not quite come out and say it, she seems to be a cheerleader for One World Government (eg decrying borders on maps), which I guess is not surprising whe
Racquel Moses
Mar 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This was a phenomenal book. I devoured it. I learned so much about the value of good partnerships and even areas where I need to do more work in support of my own partnerships. More than that though I enjoyed the stories! It was fun, entertaining and endearing. I’ll have to re read it to document and apply all that I’ve learned. The exponential opportunity for transformational change through partnerships is staggering through these examples. There are so many things we have the ability to accomp ...more
Jun 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: work
I saw Peter Gabriel refer to the book and it sounded interesting. It is the story of partnerships and has references to Peter Gabriel's work with The Elders. The book gives lots examples around a framework that the author uses to explain how to get partnering to work. The framework:
- Collective Connections
- Something Bigger
- The Ecosystem: enduring trust, unshakable respect, united belief, shared humility, nurturing generosity, compassionate empathy
- All In
- Celebrate Friction
- Magnetic Moments
Emily Sayer
Apr 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing and hopeful book. In part, packed with some incredible fly-on-the-wall stories of some of the world's most inspiring leaders, and also a powerful rally call for us all to re-think our concepts of success beyond a narrow individual framework and integrate partnerships and community into the core of our daily personal and work lives. At a time when hope can seem a little thin on the ground, this is an absolute must-read. ...more
Aug 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the framing of this book, the idea that if you get everything right 1 + 1 and = 1,000,000+. Diving into best practices for forming and sustaining partnerships is, with this framing, a worthwhile endeavour.
I enjoyed the stories of great partnerships.
Greg Rose
Apr 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Partnering is a brilliant example of how a book can be simultaneously highly useful and very entertaining. Full of great life lessons but never preachy, Partnering will make you think differently about how and why we form partnerships, and how to make yours more effective and rewarding.
Tim W
May 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
Good message but could be a lot shorter. Repetitive examples.
Kathleen Messmer
May 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
An inspirational guide on building all relationships in a meaningful way. Read it.
Andrei Contan
Dec 05, 2022 rated it liked it
Inspirational, idealistic and hopeful
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2.5/5 ⭐️
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As the President and founding CEO of Virgin Unite and the co-founder of Plus Wonder, Jean Oelwang has spent over 15 years working with the likes of Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, and Ben and Jerry, to name a few. This set her on a journey to interview sixty of the greatest partnerships and collaborations of our time to learn how to nurture deep connections in our live ...more

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