Collaboration: More Dream Than Nightmare
I’ve heard the stories.
I’m sure you have too.
They make great headlines and made for TV movies.
Sometimes when women in business do business with other women in business things can go bad. I mean really, really bad.
I know women who have vowed to never do business or collaborate with another female business owner ever again.
So badly burned are they that everyone is suspect and trust is an issue.
Are these stories the norm?
If they are, why do women have the reputation of being excellent collaborators?
Thankfully the joint ventures I’ve worked on have gone well. My last project with Kaira Boston, The Small Business Whisperer went extremely well. I have no hellish tales to tell so I wanted to find out for myself. I wanted to know how other business women felt about joint ventures.
So I conducted an informal online survey and 81 wonderful women from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. responded.
You can read the full report here.
Below is an infographic highlighting the report’s key stats.
According to the report for every one bad experience, there were at least five more that were positive or neutral.
Women joining together to increase their market share and increase their revenues is more a dream than it is a nightmare.
To all those who have been hurt and disillusioned by the collaborative process, I encourage you to try it one more time. The right partner and the right project is certainly a worthwhile venture.
Below is the Women’s Collaboration Project 2014 Infographic highlighting key stats from the report.