Business Partnership Advisor
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Chris Reich, Business Mediator
Violence By a Business Partner Is Never OK
My business partner lost it and threw a box at me. He missed but his anger scared me. Can we talk about some rules that can keep him from ever doing that again?
Violence By a Business Partner Must Be Taken Seriously
This kind of call always disturbs me. Violence in the workplace must me taken seriously. If your business partner ever is violent, call 911 immediately. Yes, even if he missed. You want to document threats of or actual violence. You cannot predict if your partner’s violence will escalate to a more dangerous level in the future. Having a police report will help your case should it become necessary to remove your business partner.
Think about the times we’ve read about a workplace shooting. Those stories often include details of prior warning signs. As a business owner, you have a responsibility to protect your employees, customers, and yourself.
“Violence or threats of violence by a business partner must be reported.”
Chris Reich, Business Partnership Mediator
Rules Can Help But…
Rules can help and we can discuss rules for partners’ behavior, but don’t we already have rules in place? The law protects us from violent people, but the law can only protect you if you report the violence or threat. As a mediator, I take abuse very seriously and I will insist on reporting dangerous behavior.
“If your business partner is physically or verbally abusive, it must be dealt with. Call me if you need support and advice on how to protect yourself.” — Chris Reich
The High Conflict Business Partner AKA the Bully is the most difficult type of person to deal with. Here are 6 Tips to help you deal with the Bully Partner.
Business partnerships can be a fantastic way to pool resources and knowledge in order to create a successful enterprise. However, even the most well-intentioned partnerships can break down if certain warning signs are ignored. In this post, I will point out the 5 red flags that should never be ignored when you see them in your business partnership and provide you with guidance on how to deal with them.
If you have read my other posts, you know I strongly encourage people who form Partnerships to create a Partnership Agreement. The document must specify how a Partner can leave the Partnership voluntarily while ensuring that the business is protected from two potential disasters: firstly, by avoiding terms that could bankrupt the business, and secondly, by preventing the admission of unplanned Partners.