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Two tigers cannot share the same mountain

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Two tigers cannot share the same mountain: Two tigers in a snowy landscape, with one appearing to nuzzle or communicate with the other, symbolizing the concept of collaboration with a need for defined leadership roles.

I've known my co-founder for 11 years. Despite our long-standing, laid-back relationship, we often face challenges when making business decisions. Here's what we've discovered.

Two tigers cannot share the same mountain

When we work together, both of us want to be the decision-maker. We often struggle to come to an agreement, and when we do, it usually involves a tough battle.

So, how do we solve this?

We each took ownership of different parts of the project. Regardless of the challenges or successes, the owner is responsible. While we continue to support each other with business strategies and pull requests, there are fewer conflicts, and we've both made significant progress since then.

When two smart and capable people are passionate about the same thing, it's important to have clear and separate responsibility. Simply gathering talent doesn't always translate to success. In the NBA, Westbrook, KD, and Harden were on the same team, but they never won any championships together. While in sports you might blame the coach, but in the startup world, there's no one else to point fingers at. You have to figure out what works for your team and guide yourself to success.

Remember, two tigers can work together, and it's important to have one as the ultimate decision-maker, set up clear responsibilities to unleash every team member's strength.


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