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“Partnering” by Jean Oelwang

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


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March 1, 2022

Introducing Partnering 

How do you find, build, and cultivate meaningful, lasting relationships that help us become the best possible version of ourselves and have the greatest positive impact on others? 

Virgin Unite President and Plus Wonder Co-Founder, Jean Oelwang has been consumed with this question since helping incubate The Elders. To answer the questions, she appealed directly to the source: long-lasting partnerships that made a much bigger difference in the world together than they could ever make on their own.

In Partnering: Forging the Deep Connections that Make Great Things Happen, Jean offers new insight that promotes the importance of collaboration over hyper-individualism on the path to making great things happen. 

She takes us on the refreshingly honest journeys of some of the greatest partnerships of our time – including Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Archbishop and Leah Tutu, President Jimmy and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, and many others. 

Partnering explores how we can build deep connections to become our very best selves by illuminating core threads that weave through 60 extraordinary partnerships and collaborations. 

Remarkably, Jean found six elegant principles common to meaningful partnerships of all types. Partnering gives an in-depth expose on these principles and offers readers tangible takeaways, including daily rituals for staying connected, practical tools for disagreeing respectfully, and blueprints for bolstering bonds and scaling collaborations.

Partnering is the answer to how we can increase depth and meaning in all of our most important relationships. It is also the answer to how we can use those relationships to build collaborative efforts to respond to humanity’s most pressing issues.  

Published by Simon Sinek’s Optimism Press, in partnership with Penguin Random House, Partnering will be on sale from March 8th. Pre-order your copy here.

All of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Plus Wonder to inspire people to forge deep connections to make great things happen.


Over the next few months, we will be sharing partnering insights here on the Plus Wonder website, as well as LinkedIn and across social media. Please stay tuned.

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