Archives for November 2009


If you look up the word friendship on Wikipedia, you will get the following definition:Friendship is the cooperative and supportive relationship between two or more people. In this sense, the term connotes a relationship which involves mutual knowledge, esteem, affection, and respect along with a degree of rendering service to friends in times of need or crisis. Friends will welcome each other’s company and exhibit loyalty towards each other, often to the point of altruism. Their tastes will usually be similar and may converge, and they will share enjoyable activities. They will also engage in mutually helping behavior, such as the exchange of advice and the sharing of hardship. A friend is someone who may often demonstrate reciprocating and reflective behaviors. Yet for some, the practical execution of friendship is little more than the trust that someone will not harm them.Value that is found in friendships is often the result of a friend demonstrating the following on a consistent basis:

Now, why would I write a post about friendship?  It’s simple, friendships, partnerships and making connections for each other all come down to a few simple principles: trust, having each others backs, and dependability.  I have to be able to trust you to refer you to people that I know; I have to know that you have my back so that I can trust you; and I must know that you are dependable.  If these things are missing; it is just not going to work.I have a lot of connections and I am always interested in having more.  Part of what I do is connect people, once I know those key elements exist.  Without those elements, I will not connect you to my network; it has taken me too many years to build the relationships and I will not jeopardize them if there is not trust or dependability.While I have a lot of connections, I  have few really close friends.  This is by design; not because I am hard to friend or difficult to be around, but I have to have a deep level of trust for there to be a true friendship.  I have to know that you have my back; that you will not do anything to hurt me and that you will defend me when I am not around.I encourage you to look at your connections, look at your friendships and partnerships; are you building that trust or breaking it?  When you call someone a friend or a best friend, do you truly trust them and let them get that close?  If not, why not?  Do you have their back, no matter what?  Should you?Just my thoughts.  What do you say?


For a lot of us, social media and social networking is appealing due to the ability to partner with other professionals and so called competitors.  I choose to refer to these individuals and companies as opportunities for collaboration, not competition.But how do you choose the right partnership?  Obviously there has to be trust,  a good working relationship, and a the companies or individuals compliment each other; but what else does a good partnership require?

  • What is the aim of the partnership?
  • What are the partnerships goals and objectives?
  • What are the measures of success?
  • How will the partners work together?
  • How will the duties be defined?
  • How will information be shared?

In our connected world, a lot of these questions can be more easily answered than in years past, but you still must look at how the partners can and will work together.  You should also address what happens if the partnership dissolves.  Remember, we are talking about individuals; things can happen that will have an impact on the partnership.I actively promote the partnerships that I am involved with; do you?Those are my thoughts.  Agree?  Disagree?  What do you think?

Military Spouse Portable Career

Portable careers for military spouses are a fast emerging concept. Being married to a serviceman; spouses are often left floundering and finding it difficult to maintain a meaningful career.Relocations are difficult and make it tough to find employment for military spouses. To overcome the unique career obstacles Laura Kennedy formed MilitarySpousePortableCareer website. With a focus on educating and supporting Military Spouses and offering them an opportunity to have a rewarding career while traveling around the country or world with their military family.Laura has created some powerful partnerships; and with their help a portable career can be created. With a focus on education and training Laura’s team has designed a robust 4-part training course. I am pleased and honored to be part of this dynamic team.There are some pre-requisites:You MUST:Be a spouse or dependent to an active duty service member (also available to veterans)Attend an initial virtual workshop designed to determine whether you are prepared to become an independent business owner.Each phase of this training is intended to help you move forward in establishing your business one step at a time in a logical progression so as to minimize the learning curve and confusion prior to starting the next phase.Phase One Getting StartedPhase Two Office AdministrationPhase Three Getting ClientsPhase Four Follow-Up SessionsThe launch of this new service will afford military spouses the invaluable opportunity to continue to advance their career and “take it on the road.” No matter where you live in the world your business will follow nearly seamlessly.For more information about the course content or to schedule your free consultation, visit our website via the logo at the top right section of my main page or at www.militaryspouseportablecareer.comLaura Kennedy Bio:Laura Kennedy, a retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer, Business Coach, Virtual Assistant Mentor & Talk Show Host of LauraKennedyLive. My mission is to help new business owners achieve the financial & personal satisfaction associated with owning their own business and help them create a home business that can travel as far and as often as they do. The mission of LauraKennedyLive is to bring valuable information to our audience that will enlighten the way they do business, enhance how they interact with their customers, assist them with networking with other business owners, and live as caring & compassionate citizens. You can visit Laura’s website at