Rewarding Bad Bahavior

By Nina Kaufman, Esq.

“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 Business article, “Making Your Partnership Work,” you could be doing even better if you and your partner(s) stopped bickering like the couples on Tool Academy.  Stopped expending prodigious amounts of energy “settling scores, avoiding responsibility, and managing emotional flare-ups,” as Stein puts it.  What a wonderful world that would be, eh?

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