Hi ladies - I've experienced two situations this year where my freelancer ladies/solid friends asked me to partner on separate projects. I thought it'd be great - we're good friends, we'd be great work partners, right? Um...NO. I was 100% wrong. BOTH ladies became bossy, steamrolling and postured themselves in front of clients. As a result, our business and personal friendships are all but over. My confidence is still bruised. None of us have reached out to each other since.
What's the deal? Are these women that insecure, or is this their true selves? Am I a pushover? Are they afraid of ageism and unemployment so they overcompensate? How could I have overlooked the backstabbing potential? All suggestions are welcome and appreciated.