Whether it be on the sporting field, within the school ground or even the cut and thrust of the business world, there is nothing more important than strong allies to ensure you overcome adversity and guarantee success.

Good allies bring support and encouragement and, just as importantly, they bring confidence because you can rely on them through thick and thin.

I raise the topic in this week’s blog because having a team around me that I can trust implicitly is one of the cornerstones of my business.

My successes are built on the back of not just my hard work, but the hard work and professionalism of the people I choose to have in my corner.

Knowing I can call on quality tradespeople, meticulous accountants, trustworthy real estate agents and duteous Council planners when I need help and advice is imperative.

But, like any professional partnerships, sometimes allegiances can change or breakdown.

When trust is lost, it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth.

People who once “had your back” might now second guess each and every decision you make and it can lead to instability in your business as valuable time is spent putting out internal bushfires rather than focusing all your energies on your clients and the tasks at hand.

I’ve observed that if this happens to you (professionally or personally) you are best served by immediately revaluating that partnership – to see if it truly works.

You need to assess if rifts, disputes (or just silly misunderstandings) can be mended or whether the damage done is irreversible.

If the hit to the relationship is THAT severe then it’s wise for all involved to simply “wish each other the best” and then part ways.

As in all walks of life, individuals can have vastly different ethics and principles that make up their core.

That’s why you need to align yourself with like-minded people who are genuinely invested in the wellbeing of all parts of the project as much as you – not necessarily spiritually but certainly a shared business acumen and common approach to problem solving.

If you don’t, then every decision will be questioned and more barriers than solutions will present themselves.

Abbott and Costello, Batman and Robin, Thelma and Louise – great partnerships come when you know your other half “has your back”.

And great partnerships bring great results.