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An interesting email reaches me on the subject of a dysfunctional partnership:
I’m a long time reader of your blog and I’ve sent you a couple of emails in the past about different things. Anyway, I was wondering if you could put my situation to your readers and see what they would do.
I’ve been with my partner for just over 2 years now. We’ve done some great work together and 5 months ago we got a job at one of the top agencies in the world, and the chance to work on the best briefs.
The problem is, she isn’t pulling her weight.
I’m the writer and I’ve always done most of the heavy lifting when we’re concepting. Her specialty was throwing in a wildcard now and again. Sometimes, they’d be brilliant and I know that I’d never have got there myself. Other times, they’d require a fundamental change to the laws of nature and I’d let her down gently. But that was our thing, and for a while, it worked.
But now, she’s not even doing that. Our brainstorming sessions consist of me coming up with ideas and her often sitting in silence. On top of that, I’m also taking on more of the art direction whilst still doing all the presenting.
Her attitude is pretty negative and I think she may be lacking confidence but I’m feeling like I’d be better off going it alone or finding someone new. However, I don’t want to throw a spanner into the works 5 months into our dream gig.
I’m sure she knows I’m not 100% happy and I think she knows why, but I’ve avoided bringing it up as she doesn’t handle criticism well.
So what would you do?
Sorry for the essay, but I was hoping you could put it out to your readers as it’d be great to hear from anyone who’s been through something similar.