what began as an idea

Once upon a time we had a wondering … was partnership benefitting other women in the same ways it benefitted us? We reached out to 125 female co-leaders to learn that it was. This week the book that came from this idea takes one big step forward: we’re headed to the office of our publisher,…

Mulberry Partners Featured in Forbes article on job-sharing

Betsy and Maggie’s research on women’s partnerships is featured in today’s Forbes.com How Job Sharing May Be The Secret To Work-Life Balance. http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2011/10/24/how-job-sharing-may-be-the-secret-to-work-life-balance/ While job sharing isn’t for everyone, if both job sharers are willing and able to invest in the communication, trust and accountability that makes it work, it really works and is a…

Family or Team?

A recent project with a long-time client gave us the opportunity to reflect on what changes came about as a result of the work we did with them on an organization-wide strategic planning project. The process was a big commitment for the leader and for many others in the organization. It involved months of bringing…

Helping the town of Carrboro get Better Together

This winter, Maggie and I co-moderated a panel for a conference session called “Better Together.” This wasn’t just any panel – it was made up of employees from all departments and levels of an organization with a powerful success story to share about the inclusive, collaborative culture they had created together. This was a culture…

Mulberry Partners featured on B-Net

Best selling author and international blogger Margaret Heffernan has caught the powership bug!  Read all about it in her latest B-Net post featuring Betsy Polk Joseph and Maggie Ellis Chotas of The Mulberry Partners. Also highlighted are the dynamic powership duo at AK Environmental.  Check it out: http://www.bnet.com/blog/business-strategy/want-to-be-a -superstar-find-a-partner/1597

Sustaining success

Betsy and I recently wrapped up a 7 month project with a client — a board of volunteers with very busy day jobs.  Knowing how much their stakeholders relied on them, they wanted to re-imagine the way they worked together to be more organized, clearer in their vision and more focused in the actions they take to bring the vision to…

Welcome to The Mulberry Partners!

It started simple. When it hit us that our website had been created before the days of SEO, we knew it was time to build a new platform so people could find us. Just a tweak, an easy fix, right? Then we took a good long hard look at our website and realized we’d outgrown…

In a circle

As I whirl around, grasping hands, it hits me that as basic as this movement is, it is precious. Inclusion like this is hard to come by when the music is off and we remember ourselves, our fears, our assumptions.

The importance of what if…

Betsy and I were called into a meeting recently with a client who was thinking about having an organization-wide event a few months in the future but wasn’t sure if it was the right timing or what exactly the  content would be.  Their instinct was telling them it was a good idea to bring people…

On a brilliant spring day

As I watch them whoosh by, I recall the old leather shoe smell and disco beat of the rollerskating rink where I spent many childhood Sundays – skating around and around, going faster and faster, feeling free.