Think Before You Leap into a Partnership

"Partnering" seems to be a current buzzword in academe. The literature is full of success stories about the benefits of partnerships, but, warns John Orlando, instructional resource manager at the Norwich University School of Graduate Studies, not all partnerships succeed. "People assume that any partnership is like two people lifting a heavy weight—any amount of help I can get from the other guy is going to help me, even if he doesn't contribute much. In reality, partnerships are more like marriages—if it doesn't work, you could end up much worse off than you were before," Orlando says.

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