Business Partnerships – Staying Connected – Tip #5

“One thing you learn in a long marriage is how many sneezes to wait before saying, ‘Bless You’." ~Robert Brault You can probably name at least one couple in which the partners are so connected, they not only know how many sneezes to wait, they finish each other’s sentences and anticipate the other’s needs. How does that happen? Is it just a function of the amount of time people … [Read more...]

Business Partnerships – Staying Connected – Tip #4

A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time. ~Anne Taylor Fleming
 Is there one right way to keep a business partnership happy and healthy? The obvious answer is no. If you look around at the long-standing successful relationships of people you know, you will note the many differences between them. In some partnerships, one partner is clearly the … [Read more...]

Business Partnerships – Staying Connected – Tip #3

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility. ~George Levinger Does this sound familiar? That cute habit or personality trait of your partner was endearing at the beginning of the relationship. Today, it gets on your nerves and is often the source of conflict between you. So often I am mediating between business … [Read more...]

Business Partnerships – Staying Connected – Tip #2

“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas”. Donatella Versace If you and your business partner have disagreements, does that mean your partnership is in trouble? The answer is…it depends. In healthy business partnerships the partners have learned how to have disagreements and how to bring out differences in opinion to arrive at the best solution. Most likely, a few of the reasons … [Read more...]

Business Partnerships—Staying Connected – Tip #1

“Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate”. ~Barnett R. Brickner Does selecting the right partner guarantee you will have a successful and long-term business partnership? If only it were that simple! Business partnerships are often compared to marriage.  If you’ve read any of my blogs or my new workbook, … [Read more...]

Business Partnerships — Should I or Shouldn’t I? – Lesson #6

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down”. – Oprah Winfrey I love that quote!  It really says it all when it comes to business partnerships.  The question is…how can you be sure you are getting the kind of partner who will take the bus with you? Of course there are no guarantees, but … [Read more...]

Business Partnerships — Should I or Shouldn’t I? – Lesson #5

Has anyone ever told you that you’re “just too nice”? Have you remained silent because you were fearful of a negative reaction from someone important to you?  Do you avoid confrontation at all costs? If you answer yes to any of these questions and you want to enter into a business partnership, then you better hope that you have a lot of luck on your side.  The only other way you can … [Read more...]

Business Partnerships — Should I or Shouldn’t I? – Lesson #4

How can you possibly know if you are selecting the right business partner, or even if a partnership is right for you, if you haven’t explored your own dreams, expectations, needs, likes and dislikes? We ask and explore that question in Chapter Two of my workbook, “Creating Great Partnerships. A Workbook For Success”.   Just as it is difficult to ask the tough questions of another, it … [Read more...]

Business Partnerships — Should I or Shouldn’t I? – Lesson #3

Have you ever said to yourself, “I should have listened to my gut”? Those times when you look back on a decision and with hindsight can clearly see the red flags that were there all along. It is a curiosity of the human psyche and a testament to the power of our thoughts, than we can “be blind” to that which is right in front of us. Unfortunately, it is a phrase I hear all too often … [Read more...]

Business Partnerships — Should I or Shouldn’t I? – Lesson #2

You’re thinking of partnering with a former coworker – someone you’ve worked with in another company. You reason that you got along well then, he’s a hard worker and he brings an expertise to the business that you don’t have, so it will be a perfect match. Will that be enough to create a successful and sustainable business partnership? Not necessarily. Take the case of Richard and … [Read more...]