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CHAPTER 15

An Inner Blueprint for Successful Partnership Development

Putting a Relationship to Work

Peter F. Norlin and Judy Vogel

INTERESTING THINGS HAPPEN when two people attempt to work together for a common purpose. From earliest history, whether hunting for food, raising children, or living in a community, partnering has allowed new things to happen that would not have emerged if people were working separately. Many wisdom traditions explore the generative force of collaboration; for example, the Tao Te Ching says that “first, there is oneness. Then the one begat two. Two begat three. And three begat the myriad things.” Commenting on this dynamic unfolding, Julia Measures says, “When you and I begin speaking ... there is a ‘space’ between ...

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