Strategic Alliances

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Don’t partner up with anyone until you ask yourself these 10 questions. Strategic alliances: They’re great when used effectively to expand the range of your product or service offerings; they’re not so great when you collect them like Manolo Blahnik shoes, merely because, well, everyone else has them. “Strategic alliance” is a chic but vague […]

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Often, when a situation is just too fraught with complications and struggle from the outset, it’s just not meant to be.  But did I listen?  No.  Not at first, anyway. For the icing on the cake: I didn’t do enough due diligence to make sure I had chosen the right partner.  Here’s the kicker:  I […]

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From “across the Pond” (as some like to refer to the Atlantic Ocean) in Dublin, Ireland, comes a new blogging/podcasting alliance, known as The Podcast Sisters.  Their goal is to inspire and guide women in Europe on using the Internet to advance their personal and professional goals.  “[While] there may be more opportunities in North […]

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Oh yes, there’s more.  So it’s not enough that I didn’t know the business, that I was fronting the money, and that we couldn’t agree on basic decisions.  Amazing how blind we can become whether the prospect of “easy profits” lays tantalizingly before us. Here was the final straw: The needs of one partner were […]

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What kind of a schmuck agrees to  front the money and only take 50% (me, obviously). And another lesson from the “why didn’t I see this coming?” department: We couldn’t agree on a business name.  Sounds crazy, right?  We kept going back and forth with different names for the business — Grace wanted one that […]

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I learned the hard way (see Part 2) that looking for easy money rarely brings it.  Yet another class in the School of of Hard Knocks: I was fronting all the money.  Yes, Grace and I agreed to split everything 50/50, but because of her particular work situation, she could not “officially” be listed as an […]

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I saw the film The Rocker on PPV last weekend (if you’re a Spinal Tap fan, I think you’ll enjoy it . . . and the music kept my toes tapping). In addition to underscoring the power of YouTube (ya gotta see it!), the film got me thinking: When it comes to networking–and building a […]

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As I mentioned in Part 1 of “Choosing the Right Network Marketing Partner,” my first mistake was entering into a business that I knew nothing about (and neither did my partner).  Here’s another lesson I learned from my network marketing foible: We were in it only for the money.  I was looking for a quick fix — […]

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So you’re hot to trot with a strategic alliance.  You’ve chosen the alliance partner; you’ve decided what you want to do.  What can go wrong now?  How about looking at whether your employees are on board with the whole thing? For any of you who have ever golfed (or seen a golf course), the experience […]

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Although my low-maintenance husband would disagree, I’m a relatively simple gal. Yes, I may pile too many obligations on my plate and you need a 3-D scorecard to keep track of all of my meetings and projects. But when it comes to technology, I’m a late adopter. Give me a book, fresh with the smell […]

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