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Appetizing Alliances: The Ingredients of a Successful Partnership

There are similarities between creating a successful partnership and cooking a great dish.  In order to create a meal that is a culinary success, a good chef starts with the right ingredients.  Certain ingredients are essential.  Without those, the dish will taste either wrong or bad.  But it’s not just important to have the right ingredients.  The quantity and quality of each ingredient also matters. 

Just as in cooking, the same is true of the ingredients – or considerations -- that go into a partnership.  While following a set list of recommendations does not guarantee that a partnership will succeed, these tips will likely significantly increase the chance of success.

Why do some partnerships succeed when so many others fail?

Business partnerships are formed and exist for a number of reasons.  Initially, the individuals forming the partnership see a synergy and want to work together.  Each partner brings something of value to the business – capital, an idea, technical skills, business acumen, property, marketing savvy, sales ability, etc.  Partners join forces to improve their chance to succeed.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau reports, approximately 3.1 million partnerships filed tax returns in 2008.  Yet, when it comes to the success of business partnerships, the numbers are discouraging.  Research shows there is an 80% failure rate of strategic alliances and business partnerships in the U.S. That’s dismal.  A primary reason for the high failure rate of business partnerships is that often they are created in an unplanned, off-the-cuff, unstructured manner.  The good news, though, is that partnerships that followed a structured, planned approach had an 80% success rate. The most successful partnerships were carefully thought through and addressed all issues when forming an alliance.  There are many factors to consider.  So what are the best ingredients for cooking up a successful partnership?

Trust.
First and foremost, partners must trust one another completely.  That trust should be unreserved, unambiguous, and unequivocal.  It is not enough to think that the partner doesn’t lie, steal or cheat.  It must go well beyond that.  A partner needs to be someone trusted to make the call on difficult decisions related to money and taxes, hiring and firing, etc.  Is there enough trust to be honest?  Partners must trust one another enough to admit mistakes.

While trust is a key factor, business people should think carefully before starting a business alliance with a close friend.  Indeed, Neil Patel, a partner of KISSmetrics, agrees.  In an article entitled “Why Most Business Partnerships Don’t Work” (published on QuickSprout, July 4, 2013), Patel wrote “…your business partner shouldn’t be your best friend. You need time apart, and you need to have your own group of friends. If you are with your partner every single day, eventually you will get sick of hanging around him/her.  You want to have your own circle of friends because it will give you more space. Plus, it will help you improve the business because your business partner will learn different things from his/her friends versus what you learn from yours.”

In addition to diversifying one’s inner circle and having time apart, there is another important reason to be cautious about partnering with a friend.  Friendships seldom survive a partnership breakup. It may not be wise to go into a business partnership with a friend expecting to remain friends if the partnership ends.  

That said, many friends choose to go into business together and are successful.  The key seems to be in thinking things through carefully.  Case in point.  When Burton Baskin and Irvine Robbins first considered partnering in the ice cream business, Robbins' father advised against it.  He thought the compromises each would make in getting the partnership to work would kill the business potential. Instead, Baskin and Robbins each worked on their own businesses for two years before combining Robbins' five shops with Baskin's three stores under one name.  Whose name went first was decided by the flip of a coin. Only after successfully launching and running separate businesses did the subsequent partnership work.  They didn’t rush into anything.

Solid communication.
Partners’ styles of communication should be compatible.  If one partner wants to talk things out, and another partner just wants to move on without processing, it’s going to be tough to get those styles to mesh.  Likewise, if one person presses and the other stonewalls, it’s either going to blow up or fester. While it’s possible to change communication styles, that is not ideal for a new partnership.

Besides compatible styles, partners should have strong, clear, open and constant communication.  Partners that can’t talk or don’t talk generally don’t succeed.  Without communication, nothing will get done.  Not only should there be regular communication, but there should be excess communication.  That is how problems are identified and resolved together.  That kind of communication also keeps partners motivated and energized. 

Partners should also feel comfortable saying whatever needs to be said to each other.  That includes criticism, and confrontation if necessary. If something is going wrong, it is important to be able to say so and do what is best for the business. Partners that can’t do that won’t succeed.

Aligned Work Styles.
Partners should have compatible works styles.  If one partner’s goal is to live a relaxed lifestyle on the beach while the other partner wants to work seven days a week in the office, it will be difficult for that partnership to succeed.  One will feel that the other isn’t pulling his or her weight, and it will eventually create a lot of problems.

Partnership Agreement.
It is important to clearly define and write out every detail and obligation of the partnership in a written legal agreement drafted by a well-qualified, mutually agreed-upon lawyer.  Use an attorney who is well-versed in business partnerships.  Everyone involved should agree and sign-off.

A limited partnership.
One of the main risks of a partnership agreement is the assumption of liability each partner makes for the other. A way around this is a limited partnership, where the limited partner is not liable for the actions or obligations of the general partner.

Establish roles and controls.
Every business, including partnerships, needs a boss. It is important to define who has operational control.  Instead of 50/50, it might make more sense for the split to be 60/40 or 70/30.  This clearly indicates the point person for accountability and overall operational control.  

Roles should also be clearly defined.  Partner shouldn’t be doing the same thing within a company.  Especially early in the business, each partner should focus on solving different problems.  One partner might handle finances and revenue and the other might deal with production/technical matters.  This helps ensure that one partner isn’t stepping on the other’s toes.  Of course, there should be some areas of overlap such as strategy.

Hired talent, not partners. 
Don’t trade a piece of the business just for talent.  If a person has the idea, money and property for a business, but lacks a particular skill to make the business function, hire talent to do that job or outsource it to an independent contractor if the business cannot afford to hire talent full-time.  It is not wise to give away part of the business in exchange for skills, unless it is absolutely necessary. 

Also, when hiring talent, protect the business idea from being poached by hired talent.  Case in point.  Carmeron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra hired a college buddy at Harvard to finish writing the already partially-written source code for HarvardConnection, a social network meant to connect college students.  That buddy was Mark Zuckerberg.  A short time later, Zuckerberg came up with a very similar idea called “The Facebook.”  Zuckerberg was sued for taking HarvardConnection’s idea and source code.  The case settled out of court for $65 million.  Facebook’s valuation a year ago was approximately $67 billion.

A clear exit strategy. 
An exit strategy allows each partner to walk away from the partnership, or provides an option to buy out the other party. This can be done very clearly and simply--and without imploding the operations of a successful business.

The final ingredient needed for a partnership to succeed is time… time to gel… time to learn to work together… and time to figure out all the ins and outs of one another’s styles.  No partner is perfect because no person is perfect.  It is important to keep expectations realistic and fair.  With all of those ingredients combined, the result should be a thriving business alliance.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"If you change partners every time it gets tough or you get a little dissatisfied, then I don't think you get the richness that's available in a long-term relationship." Jeff Bridges

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Issue #302 SKILLS FOR SUCCESS - PART 1 Oct 21
Issue #301 FAKE REVIEWS - PART 2 Oct 14
Issue #300 FAKE REVIEWS - PART 1 Oct 07
Issue #299 DRESSING FOR SUCCESS Sep 30
Issue #298 UNTYING THE K"NOTS" Sep 16
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Issue #287 MANAGING EMPLOYEE REQUESTS FOR TIME OFF Jul 01
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Issue #283 TIME TO PREPARE Jun 03
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Issue #281 IT’S SHOWTIME… ALMOST! PART 1 - PREPARING TO GO TO THE SHOW May 20
Issue #280 SIX-STAR SERVICE: PART 2-ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING SIX-STAR SERVICE May 13
Issue #279 SIX-STAR SERVICE: PART 1- HOW IS GOOD SERVICE DEFINED? May 06
Issue #278 SERVICING THE INTERNAL CUSTOMER Apr 29
Issue #277 WHY MULTITASKING ACTUALLY REDUCES EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY AND PRECISION Apr 22
Issue #276 IS PRIDE A QUALITY OR FLAW AT WORK? Apr 15
Issue #275 BUILD CONFIDENCE Apr 08
Issue #274 THE NEED TO LEAD Mar 25
Issue #273 EMPLOYEE LOYALTY: A BALANCING ACT BETWEEN WORKPLACE DEMANDS AND EMPLOYEE NEEDS - PART 2 Mar 18
Issue #272 EMPLOYEE LOYALTY: A BALANCING ACT BETWEEN WORKPLACE DEMANDS AND EMPLOYEE NEEDS – PART 1 Mar 11
Issue #271 PERSPIRATION: THE ROLE OF HARD WORK IN SUCCESS Mar 04
Issue #270 MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION: TWO KEY INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS - PART 2 Feb 25
Issue #269 MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION: TWO KEY INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS - PART 1 Feb 18
Issue #268 RECOMMENDATIONS: TO GIVE OR NOT TO GIVE Feb 11
Issue #267 GETTING RECOMMENDATIONS Feb 04
Issue #266 SUPER SALESMANSHIP Jan 28
Issue #265 THE AMAZING POWER OF HABITS - PART 3 Jan 21
Issue #264 THE AMAZING POWER OF HABITS – PART 2 Jan 14
Issue #263 THE AMAZING POWER OF HABITS - PART 1 Jan 07
Issue #262 A SUCCESSION PLAN Dec 31
Issue #261 COUNT BLESSINGS EVEN IN TOUGH TIMES Dec 17
Issue #260 TEN TIPS FOR GIVING GIFTS TO CLIENTS Dec 10
Issue #259 DOES PRACTICE MAKE PERFECT? Dec 03
Issue #258 PREVENTING HUMAN ERROR Nov 26
Issue #257 UNKNOWN UNKNOWNS: WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW Nov 19
Issue #256 TEN STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH PROLONGED STRESS Nov 12
Issue #255 HOW A COMPANY’S REPUTATION IMPACTS ITS ABILITY TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN TOP TALENT Oct 29
Issue #254 BEYOND ABSENTEEISM – PART 2 Oct 22
Issue #253 BEYOND ABSENTEEISM – PART 1 Oct 15
Issue #252 THE COST OF EMPLOYEE TARDINESS Oct 10
Issue #251 WHAT IS BRAND SOCIAL CURRENCY? Sep 24
Issue #250 FORGIVENESS AT WORK PART 2 Sep 19
Issue #249 FORGIVENESS AT WORK PART 1 Sep 10
Issue #248 ALL IN A DAY’S WORK: VALUING WORKERS BY UNDERSTANDING WHAT WORKERS VALUE Sep 04
Issue #247 WHAT DRIVES A BRAND’S VALUE? Aug 27
Issue #246 BRAND REPUTATION: RUINS, REVIVALS AND DAMAGE-RESISTANT. PART 2 Aug 20
Issue #245 BRAND REPUTATION: RUINS, REVIVALS AND DAMAGE-RESISTANT.PART 1 Aug 13
Issue #244 SOMETIMES ALL THAT IS NEEDED IS A FRESH START Aug 06
Issue #243 PASSIVE, AGGRESSIVE OR ASSERTIVE? Jul 30
Issue #242 NEVER BORROW SORROW FROM TOMORROW Jul 23
Issue #241 THE BENEFITS OF ANTICIPATION Jul 16
Issue #240 WHAT A COMPANY’S WEBSITE SAYS ABOUT THAT COMPANY Jul 09
Issue #239 WHAT DO SEARCH ENGINES VALUE IN WEBSITES? Jul 02
Issue #238 WHY SEO SHOULD MATTER TO EVERY BUSINESS Jun 25
Issue #237 PROTECTING ACCOUNTS AND PRIVATE INFORMATION Jun 18
Issue #236 TO THE POINT: THE POWER OF BEING CONCISE Jun 11
Issue #235 EXCELLENCE VERSUS GOOD ENOUGH Jun 04
Issue #234 FALLING ON DEAF EARS May 28
Issue #233 BREAKING THE DESK-ACHE BLUES May 21
Issue #232 THE DISADVANTAGES OF HAND-HELD DEVICES May 14
Issue #231 THE DOWNSIDE OF UNFETTERED INTERNET USE AT WORK May 07
Issue #230 SPRING CLEANING YOUR MARKETING - PART 2 Apr 30
Issue #229 SPRING CLEANING YOUR MARKETING - PART 1 Apr 23
Issue #228 PRAISE PAYS Apr 16
Issue #227 SLEEP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS - PART 2 Apr 09
Issue #226 SLEEP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS - PART 1 Apr 02
Issue #225 WHAT MAKES A VIDEO GO VIRAL? - PART 2 Mar 26
Issue #224 WHAT MAKES A VIDEO GO VIRAL? - PART 1 Mar 19
Issue #223 WHEN BUSINESS SYSTEMS FAIL Mar 12
Issue #222 PERSNICKETY OR PERFECTIONIST? Mar 05
Issue #221 KEEPING ALL THE PLATES SPINNING Feb 27
Issue #220 KEEPING ALL THE PLATES SPINNING Feb 20
Issue #219 INFLEXIBILITY Feb 13
Issue #218 THE "NO" PROBLEM Feb 06
Issue #217 THE POWER OF PROCRASTINATION Jan 30
Issue #216 BE UNREASONABLE!! Jan 23
Issue #215 COMPETITION: THE BEST MEDICINE Jan 16
Issue #214 SOMETHING OLD; SOMETHING NEW; SOMETHING BORROWED... AND NOW SOMETHING TRUE BLUE Jan 09
Issue #213 AFTER SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW... SOMETHING BORROWED Jan 02
Issue #212 SOMETHING OLD. SOMETHING NEW. Dec 26
Issue #211 WORDS OF WISDOM FROM STEVE JOBS – PART 3 Dec 19
Issue #210 WORDS OF WISDOM FROM STEVE JOBS – PART 2 Dec 12
Issue #209 WORDS OF WISDOM FROM STEVE JOBS – PART 1 Dec 05
Issue #208 ONE THING: EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD FIND THEIRS Nov 28
Issue #207 THANKFULNESS: THE PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTH, SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS Nov 21
Issue #206 DOES CUSTOMER RESPONSE TIME MATTER? Nov 14
Issue #205 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 6 Nov 07
Issue #204 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 5 Oct 31
Issue #203 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 4 Oct 24
Issue #202 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 3 Oct 17
Issue #201 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 2 Oct 10
Issue #200 LEVERAGING LINKEDIN – PART 1 Oct 03
Issue #199 BUSINESS LESSONS LEARNED FROM BORDERS Sep 26
Issue #198 UNCOMMON COURTESY Sep 19
Issue #197 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Sep 12
Issue #196 LIFELONG LEARNING Sep 05
Issue #195 WHEN THINGS GO WRONG Aug 29
Issue #194 THE AGE OF ENGAGEMENT Aug 22
Issue #193 THE POWER OF SUBTLE SUGGESTIONS Aug 15
Issue #192 THE PRUDENCE OF PREVENTION Aug 08
Issue #191 THE VALUE OF PROPER ONBOARDING Aug 01
Issue #190 EXERCISE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS: PART 2 Jul 25
Issue #189 EXERCISE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS: PART 1 Jul 18
Issue #188 TEN TIPS FOR A SMOOTHER VACATION Jul 11
Issue #187 VACATION ELATION Jul 06
Issue #186 PERCEPTION IS NOT REALITY… BUT IT MATTERS A LOT Jun 27
Issue #185 AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE Jun 20
Issue #184 TOP 8 MOST UNDERRATED QUALITIES Jun 13
Issue #183 THE ART OF GOOD TIMING Jun 06
Issue #182 FIRST-DAY EXCITEMENT EVERYDAY May 30
Issue #181 SMART, CLEVER OR WISE? May 23
Issue #180 USING PAST ADVERSITY TO FUEL PERSEVERANCE May 16
Issue #179 TECHNOLOGY AND THE DIGITAL HUMAN May 09
Issue #178 THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: PART 2 May 02
Issue #177 THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: PART 1 Apr 24
Issue #176 WINNING WEBSITES: WHEN AN “F” IS AN A+ Apr 18
Issue #175 EYE DO DECLARE: THE GOOGLE EFFECT AND THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE Apr 11
Issue #174 THE VALUE OF A THIRD-PARTY ENDORSEMENT, PART 4 Apr 04
Issue #173 THE VALUE OF A THIRD-PARTY ENDORSEMENT, PART 3 Mar 28
Issue #172 THE VALUE OF A THIRD-PARTY ENDORSEMENT, PART 2 Mar 21
Issue #171 THE VALUE OF A THIRD-PARTY ENDORSEMENT, PART 1 Mar 16
Issue #170 ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKING, PART 2 Mar 07
Issue #169 ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKING, PART 1 Feb 28
Issue #168 SOCIAL NETWORKING: WHICH SITES ARE RIGHT FOR YOU? Feb 21
Issue #167 HOW TO KEEP YOUR BEST PEOPLE Feb 14
Issue #166 FINDING YOUR BLIND SPOTS Feb 07
Issue #165 OVERCOMING OBSTACLES, PART 3 Jan 31
Issue #164 OVERCOMING OBSTACLES, PART 2 Jan 24
Issue #163 OVERCOMING OBSTACLES, PART 1 Jan 17
Issue #162 CUSTOMER SERVICE ON STEROIDS, PART 3 Jan 10
Issue #161 CUSTOMER SERVICE ON STEROIDS, PART 2 Jan 03
Issue #160 CUSTOMER SERVICE ON STEROIDS, PART 1 Dec 27
Issue #159 BAD SERVICE IS BAD BUSINESS Dec 20
Issue #158 WHEN A VENDOR PERFORMS POORLY Dec 13
Issue #157 GIVING THANKS: THE ART OF GIFT-GIVING AT WORK Dec 06
Issue #156 THANKSGIVING EVERY DAY Nov 29
Issue #155 32 QUALITIES OF A TRUSTED ADVISOR Nov 22
Issue #154 SELLING IN AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY Nov 15
Issue #153 EMAIL AS A SALES TOOL Nov 08
Issue #152 THE ELEVATOR PITCH: GETTING YOUR POINT ACROSS IN TWO MINUTES OR LESS Nov 01
Issue #151 FIRST IMPRESSION... LASTING IMPRESSION. Oct 25
Issue #150 STAFFING UP: PART 5 Oct 18
Issue #149 STAFFING UP: PART 4 Oct 11
Issue #148 STAFFING UP: PART 3 Oct 04
Issue #147 STAFFING UP: PART 2 Sep 27
Issue #146 STAFFING UP: PART 1 Sep 20
Issue #145 GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT YOUR BLOG, PART 2 Sep 13
Issue #144 GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT YOUR BLOG, PART1 Sep 06
Issue #143 JOINING THE BLOG BANDWAGON Aug 30
Issue #142 SICK AT WORK Aug 23
Issue #141 OFFICE ETIQUETTE IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY, PART 2 Aug 16
Issue #140 OFFICE ETIQUETTE IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY, PART 1 Aug 09
Issue #139 PLANNING FOR PROFIT: PART 3 Aug 02
Issue #138 PLANNING FOR PROFIT: PART 2 Jul 26
Issue #137 PLANNING FOR PROFIT: PART 1 Jul 19
Issue #136 REMOTE STAFFING, PART 3 Jul 12
Issue #135 REMOTE STAFFING, PART 2 Jul 05
Issue #134 REMOTE STAFFING, PART 1 Jun 28
Issue #133 GOING THE EXTRA MILE WITH YOUR TRADE SHOW EFFORTS: PART 3 Jun 21
Issue #132 GOING THE EXTRA MILE WITH YOUR TRADE SHOW EFFORTS: PART 2 Jun 14
Issue #131 GOING THE EXTRA MILE WITH YOUR TRADE SHOW EFFORTS: PART 1 Jun 07
Issue #130 SAY WHAT? THE ART OF SPEAKING CLEARLY May 31
Issue #129 AFTER THE MEETING… ACHIEVING RESULTS May 24
Issue #128 MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY MEETING May 17
Issue #127 PREPARING FOR THE MEETING May 10
Issue #126 BEING CAREFUL WITH EMAIL May 03
Issue #125 LAUGHING YOUR WAY TO HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS Apr 26
Issue #124 JUST SAY “NO” TO NEGATIVITY. Apr 19
Issue #123 SELLING MORE – PART 4 Apr 12
Issue #122 SELLING MORE – PART 3 Apr 05
Issue #121 SELLING MORE – PART 2 Mar 29
Issue #120 SELLING MORE – PART 1 Mar 22
Issue #119 STEADY WINS THE RACE! Mar 15
Issue #118 MULTITASKING MADNESS…. BADNESS? Mar 08
Issue #117 MARKETING NOW: A BAKER’S DOZEN OF TODAY’S TRENDS Mar 01
Issue #116 FAILING TO SUCCEED Feb 22
Issue #115 NO “I” IN TEAMWORK… ESPECIALLY IN TOUGH TIMES Feb 15
Issue #114 BE ‘BUSINESS FRUGAL’ Feb 08
Issue #113 THE POWER OF JOB OWNERSHIP: INVESTING YOURSELF IN WHAT YOU DO. Feb 01
Issue #112 TAME THE PAPER TIGER: SIMPLIFY BY REDUCING CLUTTER Jan 25
Issue #111 TEN MORE TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT Jan 18
Issue #110 TEN TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT Jan 11
Issue #109 ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS! Jan 04
Issue #108 SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING SOCIAL MEDIA IN 2010 Dec 28
Issue #107 CONTROL YOUR GOOGLE 10 Dec 21
Issue #106 WHEN AND HOW TO RESPOND TO NEGATIVE ONLINE REVIEWS Dec 14
Issue #105 QUICK TIPS FOR ONLINE REPUTATION MANAGEMENT Dec 07
Issue #104 AVOID THE MOST COMMON WRITING MISTAKES. Nov 30
Issue #103 BE CLEAR, CONCISE, DIRECT AND PERSONAL. Nov 23
Issue #102 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY FOR SUCCESS. Nov 16
Issue #101 WHAT YOUR BUSINESS WRITING SAYS ABOUT YOU… AND YOUR COMPANY. Nov 09
Issue #100 REWARDING CUSTOMER LOYALTY Nov 02
Issue #99 SALES SUCCESS: PART Oct 26
Issue #98 FROM LEADS TO DEALS… HOW TO IMPROVE SALES CONVERSION Oct 19
Issue #97 SALES SUCCESS: PART 1 Oct 12
Issue #96 RUTHLESS PRIORITIZATION Oct 05
Issue #95 STRESS OUT: HOW TO CHANGE YOUR REACTION TO STRESS. PART 3 Sep 28
Issue #94 DE-STRESS. PART 2 Sep 21
Issue #93 GOT STRESS? PART 1 Sep 14
Issue #92 BUILDING NEGOTIATING POWER Sep 07
Issue #91 THE SECRET OF NETFLIX Aug 31
Issue #90 LINKEDIN FOR BUSINESS Aug 24
Issue #89 FACEBOOK AND TWITTER FOR GROWN-UPS Aug 17
Issue #88 BLOGGING FOR BUSINESS Aug 10
Issue #87 MEASURING SOCIAL MEDIA’S ROI Aug 03
Issue #86 SOCIAL NETWORKING, PART ONE Jul 27
Issue #85 KEEP ON SELLING Jul 20
Issue #84 THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT Jul 13
Issue #83 CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT, PART TWO Jul 06
Issue #82 CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT, PART ONE Jun 29
Issue #81 A GOOD CRISIS Jun 22
Issue #80 ARE WE THERE YET? Jun 15
Issue #79 CREATING THE FUTURE Jun 08
Issue #78 ARE YOU DREAMING? Jun 01
Issue #77 YOU CAN ALWAYS START AGAIN! May 25
Issue #76 WINNING THE LOTTERY May 18
Issue #75 LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS AND DO THE OPPOSITE May 11
Issue #74 ALL TOGETHER NOW! May 04
Issue #73 ZERO-BASED THINKING Apr 27
Issue #72 A YEAR IN THE MAKING! Apr 20
Issue #71 LEADERSHIP IN TOUGH TIMES Apr 13
Issue #70 THE UPSIDE OF PAIN? Apr 06
Issue #69 OPPORTUNITY IS KNOCKING Mar 30
Issue #68 HOW TO HANDLE DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS Mar 23
Issue #67 HOW TO GET GOOD FEEDBACK Mar 16
Issue #66 HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY WISELY Mar 09
Issue #65 HOW TO MAKE THE BIG DECISIONS Mar 02
Issue #64 GOOD STRESS, BAD STRESS Feb 23
Issue #63 WHAT DO YOU NEED TODAY? Feb 16
Issue #62 BEING INDEPENDENT – INTERDEPENDENTLY Feb 09
Issue #61 LISTEN FOR SUCCESS Feb 02
Issue #60 HOW BEST TO SPEND MARKETING DOLLARS Jan 26
Issue #59 THE 7.5 RULES TO SUCCESSFUL SELLING Jan 19
Issue #58 HOW MUCH IS YOUR TIME WORTH? Jan 12
Issue #57 KEEPING SCORE Jan 05
Issue #56 A BETTER MOUSETRAP Dec 29
Issue #55 LET’S TALK ABOUT SETTING GOALS... Dec 22
Issue #54 ‘TIS THE SEASON Dec 15
Issue #53 HOW TO SAY GOODBYE Dec 08
Issue #52 ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT Dec 01
Issue #51 HOW TO UNSTICK YOURSELF Nov 24
Issue #50 MAKING A DIFFERENCE Nov 17
Issue #49 A DEPRESSION? Nov 10
Issue #48 WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? Nov 03
Issue #47 WORDS OF WISDOM Oct 27
Issue #46 AN OLD-FASHIONED VIRTUE Oct 20
Issue #45 HOW TO BEAT PROCRASTINATION Oct 13
Issue #44 PREDICTING THE FUTURE Oct 06
Issue #43 TEAM WORK Sep 29
Issue #42 WHY WORRY? Sep 22
Issue #41 THINK OF COMPETITION AS YOUR BUSINESS PARTNER. Sep 15
Issue #40 LESSONS FROM COOKIES... Sep 08
Issue #39 ACCEPTING CRITICISM… Sep 01
Issue #38 DID YOU HEAR WHAT WAS SAID? Aug 25
Issue #37 RECESSION AND CREATIVITY? Aug 18
Issue #36 HOW TO DEAL WITH CHANGE? Aug 11
Issue #35 THE BASICS HAVE NOT CHANGED Aug 04
Issue #34 STAY FOCUSED! Jul 28
Issue #33 DO YOU HAVE A GROWING MIND? Jul 21
Issue #32 IS ANYONE LISTENING? Jul 14
Issue #31 HOW ORGANIZED IS YOUR DESK? Jul 07
Issue #30 KEEP CHOOSING! Jun 30
Issue #29 HOW TO GET UP AND KEEP GOING Jun 23
Issue #28 WHERE IS THE REAL ESTATE MARKET GOING? Jun 16
Issue #27 UNDERSTANDING STRESS Jun 09
Issue #26 UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE NEVER FAIL – THEY JUST STOP TRYING Jun 02
Issue #25 WORK ON PROJECTS, NOT ON A “TO-DO” LIST May 26
Issue #24 ARE YOU TOO BUSY TO MAKE MONEY? May 19
Issue #23 WHAT DO YOU DO? May 12
Issue #22 MORE ON TIME MANAGEMENT… May 05
Issue #21 TIME MANAGEMENT IS A WASTE OF TIME Apr 28
Issue #20 MODELING Apr 21
Issue #19 BELIEVE IN YOURSELF Apr 14
Issue #18 HOW TO FAIL SUCCESSFULLY Apr 07
Issue #17 LIVE IN THE PRESENT… Mar 31
Issue #16 FOLLOW UP AND HAVE FUN. Mar 24
Issue #15 SAY PLEASE AND THANK YOU. Mar 17
Issue #14 PART TWO – KNOW YOUR OWN FEELINGS. Mar 10
Issue #13 PART ONE – KNOW YOUR OWN FEELINGS. Mar 03
Issue #12 LET’S GO ON A MENTAL DIET… Feb 25
Issue #11 THE SECRET TO PERSUADING OTHERS… Feb 18
Issue #10 I WANT TO FEEL GOOD? Feb 11
Issue #9 PART TWO – LISTENING FOR SUCCESS. Feb 04
Issue #8 PART ONE – LISTENING FOR SUCCESS. Jan 28
Issue #7 DO YOU HAVE INTEGRITY? Jan 21
Issue #6 WHO IS YOUR MENTOR? Jan 14
Issue #5 PART TWO – MAKE THIS YEAR YOUR BEST YEAR YET... Jan 07