Finding the right partner, whether creative, life or business, can be a difficult endeavour. Very few of the people that we interact with on a regular basis, no matter how much we like them are actually suitable partnership material. Anyone who has been in a relationship can attest to this. It can be difficult to escape the inevitable irritation that comes with knowing someone too well. Potential partners, who seem perfectly compatible at the beginning, end up being too much like us or too different (or occasionally psychotic). For a partnership to work, it is vital to sustain an attitude of mutual respect , trust and compromise. It also helps to not spend every waking moment together . Both parties must recognize the value of each other’s skills and abilities and be willing to entertain their ideas, no matter how stupid they seem. Additionally, an ideal partner should be compatible, but also different enough that they complement your skills and bring an alternative perspective to the table. Conflict is often the spark that helps drive innovative thinking. But conflict, as we know, can also result in irreconcilable differences. As such, a good partnership should have its own built in conflict resolution. As with any relationship it helps to have a good sense of humour as it can be invaluable in diffusing a tense situation.