Called the “The Sustainable-Marriage Quiz,” it poses 10 simple questions which assess the strength of your relationship with someone.
Importantly, while I think this is a valuable quiz for your personal life, there is definitely a key place for this in your business.
Mainly, you should take this quiz BEFORE taking on a business partner, investor or key employee.
The quiz was developed by Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., associate psychology professor at Monmouth University in New Jersey. You can see the quiz on the NY Times website here.
A copy of it is below:
As you can see from the questions, virtually all of the marriage partner questions apply to business partners.
Importantly, the ideal partner (business or personal), according to Lewandowski’s research:
- Gives you greater awareness
- Increases your ability to accomplish new things
- Allows you to expand your own capabilities
- Has strengths that compensate for some of your own weaknesses
- Gives you better perspective on things
- Allows you to learn new things
- Increases your knowledge
- Makes you a better person
Clearly all these things can lead to a more successful business. So use this quiz in judging new business relationships you are considering…or as an impetus to get out of a bad relationship you might already be in.
As many of you know, Jay Turo and I have been partners in Growthink since we launched in 1999. I just took the quiz with Jay in mind and scored a 62 which means that it’s a great partnership.
Take the quiz and let me know your thoughts on it in the Comments section below.
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