resolving disputes

Have you ever known a family that doesn’t have a fight . . . about something?  It could be about “who’s hosting Thanksgiving,” “who slighted whom,” or “how to run our business.”  In his article, Resolving Disputes in Family Businesses, David Gage points out that: A family business is really three distinct but intricately related systems: Family, […]


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It’s so easy to get sucked into an awkward spot when doing business with friends. It can start out as an exchange of expertise (a barter of the minds, if you will). Add in a dollop of friendly advice and MasterMinding. Mix together in a bowl . . . and watch the uglies emerge. One […]


“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is the attitude many entrepreneurs bring to their business partnerships.  If you’re turning a profit, who cares if it’s done by treating your partner badly, or by your sacrificing weekend after weekend to churn out the work? You should. As Alexander Stein points out in his Fortune Small […]


When business is going well, it’s easy to overlook the flaws and peccadilloes. Partly because we want to ride the prosperity wave. But when the wave crashes, and you’re dumped onto the beach with the seaweed, the broken shells, and the flannisters (you know, those plastic yokes that hold six-packs together), are you really shoulder-to-shoulder […]


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If you don’t want to get stiffed, know ahead of time how you plan to collect on overdue receivables. In any economy, there’s only one thing worse than not having work to do. That’s spending the time and effort to do the work . . . and still not getting paid. Frankly, I’d rather be sitting around […]


Yet another handy Q&A from Forbes Small Business, and this one featuring my colleague, Marian Banker.  🙂  What do you do when your company has expansion plans, but one of the partners refuses to co-sign a loan for the necessary funds? Other than a long, hard discussion with your partner about being aligned on goals, […]


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I’€™m excited to let you know about a FREE teleseminar that my company, Wise Counsel Press, is jointly offering on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. EST (12:00 p.m. CST; 11:00 a.m. MST; 10:00 a.m. PST). And you’re invited! Choosing and working with business partners is a major area of frustration and befuddlement.So I […]

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Much as I swore I would not begin Chanukah/Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving (I am blessed with Jewish family and Catholic in-laws, so I get it from all sides), I did. The lure of the catalogs I received in the mail, and avoiding the lines, the stress and the rush, were too great. After sifting through […]


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Are you at odds with your partner because your partnership agreement can’t help you avoid disputes? Are you gung-ho on sales but your partner takes more of a wait-and-see attitude? Do you feel like you’re talking to your business partners until you’re blue in the face but no one seems to understand your position? Well, […]


My Sunday mornings begin . . . at the end.  Of the New York Times Magazine, that is.  I’ll peruse the Lives column, for stories about, well, people’s lives.  Then, I’ll jump to the front of the magazine and indulge in an “educational minute” with William Safire’s column On Language.  Before I move on to fun […]