You may know about Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard starting a business in a garage, or about the Bill Gates-Paul Allen combination at Microsoft. Some might even know of Richard DeVos and Jan Van Andel, the founders of Amway, who originally started a flying school together, although neither could fly. Their successes - and the success of many other businesses - happened in part because of the combination of individuals with different skills.

This kind of teamwork actually isn't rare. I've come across it at every successful organization of which I've been a part.

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