What about holding each other accountable? If co-workers made the agreement up front on what they want to create, on how they will commit to a project, then it only makes good sense that they discuss how they will hold each other accountable. If tasks are skipped or deadlines missed, an agreed method is in place on how this discourse is managed. Very much related to this is the ability for partners to identify where they need help. That step sounds simple, but many employees may find it difficult to ask for help as it may be viewed as admitting to a weakness. When laying out the foundation of the partnership, if these areas are identified through healthy dialogue, it makes working through these points much easier. It can help build respect among team members as they identify both strengths and skill sets that support the project along with weaknesses or a lack of resources that could slow down progress. By creating a plan to overcome those weaknesses, the partnership flourishes.