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Being a lone wolf in business isn’t fun, nor is it very effective. If every executive is a crusader fighting for their own priority, taking all they can and giving as little as possible, the business ultimately suffers. Conversely, when HR and CEOs align and ascend in sync, people and business interests across the board advance as well.

That said, anyone who has ever run a three-legged race knows there’s an art to racing in tandem. It takes balance, commitment, communication, and, ultimately, it takes trust. And while creating this type of symbiotic relationship takes some time and practice, my experience as an HR executive has taught me that these three principles are also crucial to building a lock-step relationship with my CEO partner:

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