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“Partnering” by Jean Oelwang

Tangible lessons from 65+ of the world's most remarkable partnerships.

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The Ecosystem

Stay all-in through a moral ecosystem, alive with the daily practice of six essential virtues - Enduring Trust, Unshakeable Mutual Respect, United Belief, Shared Humility, Nurturing Generosity and Compassionate Empathy. Over time they become reflexive responses, creating an environment of kindness, grace and unconditional love.

Watch the video above for a concise but meaningful overview of The Ecosystem
Floating Stones. Martin Hill and Philippa Jones

Floating Stones. Martin Hill and Philippa Jones

Think about a wondrous partnership in your life. What ecosystem of virtues holds it together? What draws you closer? What entangles you together in daily life?

The Ecosystem virtues don’t just magically appear in a partnership. They take hard work and curiosity to practice and build them until they become a part of everything you do. No one is perfect, living these virtues is a constant evolution, a constant growing and learning experience.

Enduring Trust

You trust each other with your lives. The first phone call type of trust. Grounded in trusting in good intentions, in something bigger and in yourself.

Unshakable Respect

A respect so deep it celebrates differences and can’t be broken by inevitable human mistakes. An honoring and awe of one another that allows you to live your truth.

United Belief

A shared confidence in each other and faith that together you can make the impossible possible.

Shared Humility

The ability to keep your ego in check and constantly learn from and be in service to each other. An understanding of our own limitations and gratitude for what others bring to the relationship.

Nurturing Generosity

A giving mindset that competes only through acts of generosity.

Compassionate Empathy

An understanding of the “why” underneath your partner’s actions and reactions. The ability to be vulnerable and go beyond standing in one another’s shoes to loving action to help end your partner’s suffering.

“Well, we have shared values, without a shadow of doubt.”

Screenshot 2022-04-12 at 16.20.02 Barry Coleman

“I think that it is important in any partnership that it has to transcend cognitive and even emotional connection. It has to get to that deep spiritual connection for you to sustain, for you to be trusting, for you be respectful, for you to be able to look at conflict as an opportunity to be able to create love and unity.”

Screenshot 2022-04-12 at 16.20.50 Azim Khamisa

“Values are extremely important and have been, in large part, the most important thing… it’s how people construct their characters and how they behave in the world.”

Screenshot 2022-04-12 at 16.22.13 Uzodinma Iweala

“When your partner speaks, the world stops.”

Screenshot 2022-04-12 at 16.24.35 Paul Bennett

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