Disputes

In a question that seems more appropriate for The Ethicist (the New York Times Sunday Magazine’s Q&A column on ethical issues), David Eddie from the Globe and Mail presents the following scenario: [After 15 years of slaving in someone else’s business], about a year ago, I convinced a colleague to quit and team up with […]

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I’m about to give my teleseminar, “Help! My Partner’s Driving Me Crazy!: Building and Maintaining Effective Business Partnerships” . . . and came across “My Partner’s Not Doing Enough Work!” — which is certainly a factor that could drive you crazy!  Written by a self-confessed INTJ (haul out your Myers-Briggs personality grid to refresh your […]

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Few aspects of marketing are as crucial to a company’€™s identity than its website. And fewer marketing vehicles can become as much of a money pit and time suck as . . . a website. It’€™s a never-ending process of evolution, a frustrating “€œwork in progress.” Just when you think you have it figured out, […]

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Whether it’s the slow economy or the plethora of employment laws, statistics show that employee litigation is on the rise. And whether the employee ultimately wins the case or not, the employer always loses. Businesses are getting battered for a range of complaints including sex, race, and religious discrimination, harassment, and wage quarrels. By some […]

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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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