Monday, August 19, 2013

Getting Things Done: The Power of Partnering

Beth Lemke and Stephanie Hamilton

Meet Beth Lemke and Stephanie Hamilton. Beth owns a wonderful wine bar in Pacifica, California, called A Grape in the Fog. Stephanie, of Stephanie Hamilton Designs, knits some incredible jewelry. You can (sort of) see one of her earrings in the photo.

As I was having a glass of wine with Stephanie, she mentioned that she and Beth have been meeting at a local cafe, once a week for about a year and a half, to work on the kind of thing that's not the fun part of owning a business: answering emails, paying the bills, reviewing the financials, sending in applications for shows, etc. They also brainstorm with each other about ideas for their businesses.

And I thought this was such a great idea! When you know you're committed to meeting with someone else to do something you don't much like to do — whether it be exercise, the kinds of things Beth and Stephanie work on, or whatever else is your own personal bugaboo — it's more likely to really happen.

Anyone else do something like Beth and Stephanie? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.

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