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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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"I hand him a lyric and get out of his way."

-- Oscar Hammerstein (On partnership with Richard Rodgers)
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10 TIPS TO BUILDING A SOLID BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP OR ALLIANCE
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There can be disastrous results when care is not taken to build a solid foundation under which a new Business Partnership or Alliance can safely develop strength and stability. This Top Ten List offers some basic steps to consider when moving forward into a Business Partnership and Alliance, that can decrease the chances for negative results, and can increase the chance for a Successful Partnership to be established.

1. After choosing one another as potential partners, establish mutual ideas, goals, and philosophies for operating in the team you are developing.Look for enough compatibility to challenge and stimulate oneanother over time, as well as the presence of mutual trust.

2. Choose a partner whose strengths complement the limits of the other partner, and vise versa.

3. Establish the project or core focus of the partnership that is being created.

4. Determine the kind of Partnership that will be created. Will it be Equal, or possibly an Associate relationship, or any other possible combinations in between? Factors such as determining level of financial risk, availability of time and energy for the project, and prior existence of any intellectual property tied to the project are some key items to consider. Hiring a Coach that has expertise in this area is recommended during the formative stages of the partnership, and at any time such support is needed in the future, in order to protect the best interests for each partner involved.

5. Develop a sound financial compensation plan for profits received that both partners agree to in a signed document or contract. Legal representation for the partnership may be appropriate at this juncture.

6. Determine what roles each partner will play during the course of the project, defined and clearly documented for future reference. Be accountable to your role, until both partners change the structure of roles established.

7. Create and support the intent to continually place a working plan into action, review the results of the action taken, and make expedient and necessary shifts that will support the health of the partnership over the life span of the alliance.

8. If possible get the support of your immediate support system established before entering into partnership. You will need to educate them about expenditures of time, money, energy and other resources that will be needed to successfully launch the project(s) your partnership represents.

9. Have planned, regularly scheduled meetings on a weekly basis. These meetings will be set up for the purpose of discussing the wins and challenges, what's working and what's not, areas of discord and mutual planning for future growth and expansion.

10. Set a minimum time period that both partners will agree to a "no exit" clause.
New ventures take time to be planted, watered, nourished, weeded and ultimately harvested.

By Meir Liraz, President of BizMove.com
http://www.bizmove.com
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COACHING CALL TO ACTION FOR
10 TIPS TO BUILDING A SOLID BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP OR ALLIANCE
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If you are in partnership or thinking about being in partnership, this is a great checklist.

I have recently been speaking to a client about #6 -- the role each partner is to play in the partnership. This can be a real show stopper if there is not agreement and clarity.

If this is your issue, resolve to address it with your partner this week. Clear the way for having a solid partnership.
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