A Story of the Landscape of Business…

Our relationships and how we work really does matter.

David McGee
4 min readMay 14, 2015


The terrain or landscape where our long-term business relationships were created and conducted have been historically stable…

Lots of gentle rolling hills…visibility for miles and years ahead…

…and what about our resources?

We needed assets, tools, resources and relationships for gentle, stable and predictable terrain…

Our assets needed to be dependable, controllable and able to follow our direction without a lot of creative thought…

When you can see things coming from miles away — time stands still…

and so you think and act accordingly!!!

We took some risks to get here, but now that we’re here — life is pretty good!

Who we teamed with and how we worked together are important but predictable…

But over time, as the journey continued, the landscape started to change…

Plateaus started appearing…and these rocky valleys signaled something was changing…just around the corner.

You only have access to the same assets, tools resources and relationships you’ve always had…

and they’re not as dependable in this new terrain.

Then unexpectedly the landscape changes — dramatically and quickly!

What you have and depend upon doesn’t work at all…the things you have, the relationships you’ve always counted on…are now irrelevant.

And the changes keep coming!

As far as you can see, the landscape remains unpredictable and unstable.

“Adventure, opportunity and reward extend beyond our field of vision, and are made known to us only when we test our wings.”
― Gina Greenlee

How does this apply to me???

The unpredictable landscape isn’t changing any time soon…but how you engage it and work within it needs to.

“All human plans are subject to ruthless revision by Nature, or Fate, or whatever one preferred to call the powers behind the Universe.”

Arthur C. Clarke

In the past we had to invent new ways to handle the new challenges…

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

Kurt Vonnegut

“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”

Mary Shelley

and the same lesson applies to us today…we need different ways to engage our current business landscape…and it’s not for the faint hearted!

“Complaining solves nothing but creative problem solving amongst people with a common focus will produce solutions.”
― Auliq Ice

“Any company designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st.” David Rose

We must move from focusing just on me and how I win…

to focusing on why we’re doing this, the system we operate within and how we win together…

it’s how you and I will thrive!

Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” — Patrick Lencioni

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” — Andrew Carnegie

“Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” — Mattie Stepanek

We’ve given our life to this adventure…are you interested in knowing more about the models for success today?

Mazzi Partners



David McGee

Mazzi Partners is focused on changing the very nature of business relationships. I’m its CEO, spiritual explorer, crazy dad/husband, and recovering overachiever