Disputes

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A few years ago, there was a short-lived TV show called “€œKids Say the Darndest Things“. Well, in a similar vein, people bring lawsuits for the darndest reasons . . . which is why entrepreneurs are well-advised to protect themselves legally. But rather than get on my soapbox about protection, for today, let’€™s have a […]

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Like any other relationship, one with a business partner is not always on an even keel. You do the best you can, recognizing that there needs to be give and take. The important thing is to make sure that the “giving” and the “taking” isn’t one-sided. This is especially important in situations where each partner […]

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Let’s get one thing clear. I don’t hate mine. But I do love a good laugh. And let’s face it: in the pressure-cooker environment that is a closely-held business, sometimes, your business partners just “get up your nose,” as they say in England. So check out the 3 short videos on the ihatemypartner.com site of […]

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One of the advantages to blogging on business partnership issues is that it’s a wonderful conversation catalyst. Everyone has a story to tell! As I was waiting on line to get coffee at the recent BlogHer for Business conference, I was regaled with a sad tale of woe, disappointment, and destructive passive-aggressive behavior. Seems that […]

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. . . it probably is. Don’€™t you remember your mother telling you, “Don’t buy a pig in a poke?” when you wanted to plunk down large sums of money for a major purchase without perusing Consumer Reports? She wanted you to be sure that that stereo (or car or refrigerator) was good quality, long-lasting, […]

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Let’s leave aside the fact that the title of the article alone made me laugh.  Have a look at Marian Banker‘s wonderful article, “Help! I Want to Dump My Partner!”  Marian, a business leadership coach and founder of Prime Strategies, clearly summarizes the awkwardness and agony of what it’s like to be a partnership or long-standing […]

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You’ve probably heard all the usual reasons why a partnership agreement should be in writing:  memories are fallible; it helps you plan your business better; you can set out your exit strategies.  In short, you choose what you want to have happen, rather than leaving it up to the default provision that state law provides. […]

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Mid-crisis is probably not the best time to wonder whether your business partner is the best for the job.  I came across a story of two entrepreneurs who were trying to start a music festival in San Antonio, Texas.  Three weeks before the festival (a crazy, heady time in the most ideal of event planning […]

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The ways to part company, the what ifs, and the hows relating to “exit strategies” for business partnerships, strategic alliances, and other collaborative relationships can seem like the proverbial cold shower, dampening all ardor for a deal.  But maybe there’s another way to look at it — like the rules of a game that ensure […]

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Yes, it’s the title of a Beatles song. But “hello goodbye” also reflects those the awkward feelings raised by having to confront the “what happens if this doesn’t work out?” question that lurks behind all partnerships, strategic alliances and other business relationships. “Why do I have to focus on things going wrong?” entrepreneurs ask me. […]

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