Simple Performance Reviews

Sign Up For Weekly Tips! Get Trevor’s Weekly Tips Straight To Your Inbox!

I spent some Q4 time this weekend (not important/not urgent) watching a video of how the legendary partnership between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis fell apart.  They worked together daily for 10 years, and described each other as ‘best friends.’

Then, tensions mounted, they broke up the partnership, and didn’t SPEAK AGAIN for 25 years!  Best friends!  Done.

Not unlike two people who fall so deeply in love that there is no one on the planet they would rather spend all day, every day with for the rest of their lives.  Then suddenly, everything’s changed!  There’s now no one that they hate more out of all 6 billion available choices than the person that they were once so mad about.  How do these relationships fall apart?

Part of the answer was sent to me this week by Dr. Dave Dykshorn, a friend, client, and highly respected veterinarian.  He sent me the results of an industry-wide study that looked at the health of veterinary practice partnerships across North America.  SPOILER ALERT:  THIS APPLIES TO YOU PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY, WHATEVER YOUR INDUSTRY.

Here were the biggest partnership pitfalls as ranked by real partners, by percentage:

Communication 75%
Commitment to practice 60%
Core values differences 55%
Unwillingness to give up control 41%
Personal/family issues 36%
Burn out 35%
Compensation 32%
Time off 26%

The thing that struck me is that solving communication issues is twice as important as either personal issues, burnout, or money issues.  It’s nearly three times as important as how much time off to take, or other issues that I didn’t include because the scores weren’t significant enough.

This is true across industries, and it’s true of work teams and marriages too – not just partnership groups.

Effective communication rhythms are vitally important.

At work, you need to be having regular huddles (weekly) and coach and connects (at least 2x/year).  Crazy talk?  Most companies that think so have pretty dysfunctional communication, and pay the price in a variety of ways.

At home, you need to be having a meal together, and a good chat every day.  This seems like too much for most people, but then again, most marriages break up, and less than half of those that stay together would enthusiastically do it all over again if they had the chance.

Communication is not sending emails.  That’s exchanging information.  Communication is talking face-to-face.

Do you want to win?  Prioritize communication.

“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place”

Recommended Resources:

Uncover your strengths and weaknesses with our complimentary assessment. Boost your effectiveness at work and with your team.

Free Resource Library: Access our extensive collection of valuable resources for instant support in your personal and professional growth.

Explore Our Course Library:

Enhance your leadership skills with our diverse selection of courses. Take your abilities to the next level and become a more effective leader and team player.
Written by Trevor Throness
Trevor is a veteran coach, keynote speaker, and the author of the book “The Power of People Skills” released by Career Press NY in 2017. He’s also written for or been featured in places like Forbes, Inc, The NY Post, The Globe and Mail, Entrepreneur, CEO Magazine, and numerous podcasts and interviews.


Our Clients Love the Professional Leadership Institute

Your team will, too! Check out some reviews from our students.
The PLI program was invaluable to our network.
The range of topics delivered, the open dialogue, experience, and examples that PLI brought to each session were outstanding and provided a path for our Franchisees and Managers to look at leadership, coaching, and connecting with their teams in a new light. Many have implemented these strategies in their bakeries and have seen immediate results.
Michelle C.
COBS Bread
Highly recommend to help your team move forward
We have locations around BC and Alberta, so getting people on the same page can be very difficult... Until now. Our entire management team and location managers take the same great courses and then meet monthly online with our coach to apply it to our situation. People are engaged, the courses are excellent, we love our coach, and we are all learning together!
Jason Fawcett
President, Kelson Group
The result has been a transformation of our culture. 
We decided to implement PLI's strategies across the country in over 150 locations and over 3500 employees.  The result has been a transformation of our culture.  People's lives have been positively impacted - professionally and personally.  Morale is high and sales and profits are up as a result.
Daryl Verbeek
Daryl Verbeek
We’ve learned how to fix ongoing personnel issues once and for all
The roadmap laid out set our business up to quintuple in sales.  We've learned how to fix ongoing personnel issues once and for all, attract top talent, and spend our time focused on results, not internal staffing problems.  I highly recommend PLI to you - it's worked for us!
John DeJong
Satisfied Client
I had no idea that running a business could be this fun!
In less than 18 months of working with Trevor, he has transformed my business from being average to exceptional, where mediocrity is not acceptable, where being great is standard.  Working with PLI has allowed me to realize my dream of not simply owning a job, but owning a business.
Justin Bontkes
Principal, Caliber Projects
Our culture has taken major steps forward this year
Our culture has taken major steps forward this year with Trevor’s help.  He is funny, relatable, and his tools are very very practical and have helped us focus and upgrade our teams throughout our retail network. Trevor recently spoke to an employee group, and one person remarked, “I could listen to Trevor all day.”   We would highly recommend Trevor.
Stan Pridham
Founder, KMS Tools
The results have been remarkable
At first, we resisted, “This just won’t work with a law firm.” But we persisted and the results have been remarkable: our client base and profits have steadily improved, and staff engagement and morale is the healthiest its ever been.
Doug Lester
Partner, RDM Lawyers
Helped our fast-growing business become what it is today
I've experienced PLI's approach first hand and it's been crucial to sustaining our growth.  I can't imagine a business that wouldn't benefit greatly from his help.
Brian Antenbring
Founder, TEEMA
Provided practical ways to make positive changes
Trevor was incredibly well-received by the entire organization. He was able to articulate people issues that many of our franchisees were experiencing and provided them with practical ways to make positive changes. We have implemented the Star Chart tool across the organization and see it as vital to building happy, effective teams.
Aaron Gillespie
President, COBS Bread
Scroll to Top

Start Learning Today

For Individuals

Unlock your potential and accelerate your career with sought-after management and leadership skills.


Transform Your Organization

For Teams

Book a consultation to discuss your challenges and discover how we can help you build a winning team.


Sign Up For Weekly Tips!

Get Weekly Coaching Tips Straight To Your Inbox Every Monday.