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What could break a business partnership apart?

| April 1, 2021 

A solid and productive partnership could result in a constructive and profitable business relationship. Not every collaboration in Washington works out, though. Sometimes, the warning signs are evident early on whereas other partnerships may work fine for years before falling apart. Understanding why business partnerships fail might lead to taking necessary steps at the first signs of things starting to falter.

Friction develops in the business partnership

People with similar skills and abilities might have entirely different opinions about how to manage a business. Sometimes, those different perspectives are beneficial. However, diverging views combined with rigid approaches may start tearing a business relationship apart.

One way partners might be dissimilar could be the amount of effort that each puts into the business. If one partner works hard and the other consistently slacks, fissures and resentment might form. Things may become worse, and the business’s mission may suffer.

Out-of-control egos could potentially destroy partners’ ability to get along with one another. What makes these situations tragic is that egomania might reflect a troubling redirection of focus. Someone might be more self-focused and not keep an eye on running a business properly and harmoniously.

The point of no-partnership return

Enterprises, whether for profit or not, operate with an eye on eventual success. A troubled company could see the partnership that is running the operation start to break apart. When this begins, failure rarely works wonders for positive feelings and attitudes.

A struggling business could experience positive changes with the right course correction. However, differences in opinions and methods might make it impossible for partners to set that course. Time could be wasted, and the ability to correct the business may become a missed opportunity.

Not all failing business partnerships end with someone amicably taking a buyout. A contentious breakup may see the divided parties arguing over their shares of the assets. And then there are issues where a partnership committed malfeasance, setting a course for civil actions.

Partners with business law disputes might need to discuss the situation with an attorney. This professional could advise about possible legal options.

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