Business Partners

Is it the lingering influence of Valentine’s Day that made The Huffington Post choose February as “(business) partnership month”?  Whatever the reason, there’s lots to learn.  For example, I learned — the hard way — how easy it is to put the relationship aspects of a business partnership ahead of the financial aspects.  For anyone […]

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You wouldn’t buy a car without kicking the tires, right?  Similarly, do a little due diligence — on yourself as well as your prospective partner — before you tie the knot.  Here’s a link to my article, “When It Comes to Choosing Business Partners, Look Before You Leap,” which is one of the Ladies Who […]

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No, I’m not cheating on my husband (a violation of a very different kind of partnership agreement) — “Shacking Up Wisely” is the title of a recent post on business partnerships spotlighted by the Huffington Post. Ladies Who Launch (a terrific networking organization for women who embrace “entrepreneurship and creativity as a lifestyle”) — of […]

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Years ago, my business partner and I started our firm together with the happiest and best of intentions: visions of profits, freedom from the tyranny of others’ corporate cultures, and fun in an often dour profession (law). We signed a partnership agreement. For a while, it worked. At least the freedom and fun part, which […]

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From the Department of Business Partnership Nightmares comes this plea for help from LordMJ: Here’s the skinny: Partner 1 and Partner 2 met in corporate America and started a venture together when both had full-time jobs Partner 1 left the corporate job and entered grad school, ostensibly to help the business (and supposedly by mutual […]

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Thanks go to Lindsay Eisenhut for pointing me to Prendismo.com.  They have a number of short videos on aspects of business partnerships.  Topics include: Partnership benefits Challenges and pitfalls Friends and family Ownership Trust Check it out!

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Once upon a time, there was a fox that had fallen into a well. A thirsty goat ambled by and asked the fox if the water was good. The fox told the goat that he had never tasted such clear, pure, water in his life. The goat was so thirsty, that he went into the […]

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Summer getaway vacations are a lot like business partnerships. You need an outlook of adventure, a mindset for cooperation, and an attitude of mutual respect. You also need to be mindful of your budget. It’s a journey that you’re sharing together. Like vacations, business partnerships can spoil for many reasons. But the grounds often circle […]

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Not sure what to look for?  Or how to evaluate the right business partner for you?   Then take a few moments to read my newly-published feature article in the widely-respected New York Enterprise Report. Entitled “How to Choose a Business Partner,” the article examines how differences in communications styles, values, and vision can alert you to […]

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I recently had an “OMG. Are you kidding me?!?!” moment when I came across NYT reporter John Eligon’s article on a law firm breakup, “For the Lords of Divorce, A Breakup.” The principals of Sheresky, Aronson, Mayefsky & Sloan were no babes in the woods, wet behind the ears, green, unsophisticated, inexperienced, naive [insert synonym of […]

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