As I work with a friend to examine an interesting opportunity, we find ourselves working to outline how a new deal could work. The proposal includes business models, roles and responsibilities, and the creation of a new partnership to represent our collective views. As a coauthor, it has been interesting to work through my fears, uncertainties, and doubts. At this stage, there are three points that I am certain of.
The questions of yesterday have been resolved even as new ones emerge. Have we answered enough to take a decision?
Our confidence is growing because we believe we understand. Have we simply convinced ourselves or have we reasonably answered the questions in a way that a reasonable person could believe. The answer will come from others as we share the concept with them. Others can answer what we cannot.
We know who is involved. We have a target list. It is filled with individuals known to someone we trust, vouched for by someone with a strong reputation, and externally referenced. The new partnership is simply the sum of its parts. One potential partner has already flagged the issue they must answer; who are we?
As I reflect on what we need to do and the milestones that must be achieved, I find myself reflecting on the last point, who? Who am I involved with? How would I convince a compliance person about the new partnership? Does it end here?
It might end at this point with compliance however in my mind the question ripples on through the rest of my life. Who are my friends? Who do I trust? Who do I respect, even worship?
David answered the last question in a psalm for himself. Looking towards the heaven the words flowed, “He’s our Savior, our God, oh yes! He’s God-for-us, he’s God-who-saves-us. Lord God knows all death’s ins and outs.” (Psalm 68.20)
The question sits, waiting for me to answer. It will start within and find its completeness in my values, priorities, and action. Whatever the answer is, today will provide the details and description.