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Chris Reich, Business Luminary
6 Things to Do if You Have Problems with Your Business Partner
Do these 6 things if you have even a small problem with your business partner.
If You Have Problems with Your Business Partner, Don’t Stress
It’s normal to have some problems with your business partner. All partnerships experience periods of tension. So put down your worries and read about the 6 things to do that will help fix problems with your partner.
#1 Start Taking Notes
Get a simple notebook and start writing down things that worry or bug you. Record the dates and, if money is involved, write down amounts.
Keep your notes in one, safe place. Don’t use a notebook and leave it on your desk and don’t save a note file on the network.
Having notes will save you time and money later.
#2 Find and Review Your Partnership Agreement
You may have protection you aren’t even aware of. But don’t panic if there is no Partnership Agreement.
#3 If There Is No Partnership Agreement, Get One!
Very few partners who call me have a Partnership Agreement. You won’t get any negative judgment from me if you don’t have one but I highly recommend that you get one. I have a process for creating a Partnership Agreement and puts the protection in place and brings healing between partners as we work. Read more
The point is, if you haven’t got a Partnership Agreement, get one.
6 Things to Do if You Have a Problem With Your Business Partner.
Written by Chris Reich, TeachU
#4 Get Clear on Your Objectives
Think about the problems you have with your business partner and ask yourself if you prefer to have those problems worked out or if it’s time you got out.
It’s a waste of time to start working on resolutions when a partner says they want out. If all parties agree that their preference is to make the partnership work, there has to be full commitment to working through the issues together. It may be an emotional process, but it will be worth it. My clients who have agreed to work on fixing their partnership come out with a stronger and happier relationship and a more successful business. And the excellent news is that my process costs far less than an attorney.
#5 Get An Outside Perspective
I provide a FREE initial consultation. There is no time limit and it’s not a sales pitch. I strongly encourage you to get an outside, neutral opinion of your situation. You are crazy not to accept Free advice if there is even a small tension with your partner.
#6 Do NOT Antagonize Your Business Partner
There is no benefit in saying nasty things to your business partner no matter how nasty she is to you. Hold your cards close! When business partners start exchanging barbs, it becomes nearly impossible to get civil negotiations on track.
You want to avoid a fight that you could lose. Win what you want though careful and fair negotiation.
When the business partnership breaks down, the darker sides of the personalities come through. A dominant partner turns into a bully. A person who does not do well with conflict will withdraw. As the bully gets more aggressive, the pacifist withdraws further. Eventually, the bully gets so angry they are ready to lock the other partner out. The pacifist quits coming in. The next blowout is over money. The course is as logically predictable as what will happen to your car if you hit the highway with no oil in the engine. It will get louder and louder until the engine seizes.
I recommend that partners talk through a specific issue and then draft an agreement (called a resolution) that sets a policy. You can keep this in a binder to serve as amendments (or foundation) to your Partnership Agreement. In this post I’ll explain how to talk about things that bug you with your partner and how to draft a binding resolution to fix the problems.
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