Partnership Mindset Yields Powerful Results

Adam E. Badenhorst
4 min readJul 13, 2021
@sidetrax via Twenty20

I was in a coaching session some time ago looking for some direction. Yes, I will admit to you first that I have a coach. The coach really helps me think about what I am doing and in reflecting on what I should or should not be doing. I finally came to a personal mission statement that helps me achieve my overall goal. This mission statement is the grounds for any business I found or career that I will pursue.

The five key values that I hold are these ones:

  • Partnership
  • Networking
  • Authenticity
  • Engagement
  • Communication

Now, I’ll hold on to the mission statement for another day. For now, we’re going to focus on partnership, in particular a partnership mindset. Now let’s talk about the mindset goal, components, application, and how you can achieve it.

Bear in mind that this is not a flip switch thing. In other words, you need to believe in it and live by it. Being authentic and having a willingness to help others brings that out of you naturally and you behave in this way.

Mindset goal

Partnerships are very powerful in that they unlock potential for those who are involved in the arrangement. The participants in the partnership should each gain something from the partnership — otherwise there is no point. Thus, the goal of this mindset is treating people as partners, being their peers and seeking out what YOU can offer to THEM.

Key takeaway: You’re there to support others needs. Don’t take it as purely altruistic, but you need to talk about them instead of yourself and together you achieve results.

Mindset components

Each of us are different, so you may decide to tweak these or even change them based on your own value system. However, the components for me are the five values that I mentioned above. Now, you may ask why?

It’s simple — there is a mission statement around those five values which might go something like: “Communicate with authenticity to engage and build a partnership which will increase the network and achieve mutually beneficial results”. As I said, I don’t want to get into the mission…



Adam E. Badenhorst

Enterpreneur. IT & Heritage Consultant disrupting industries. AI, blockchain, SaaS, ERP.