Business partnerships between people who already know each other can be incredibly fruitful. They involve banding together and sharing capital, expertise, and experience to create a thriving enterprise. Partnering up with a friend or family member may seem like an excellent idea. However, you need to exercise caution when going into business with someone you are close to. Business partnership and friends do not always mix, and incompatibility in business can lead to strained relationships and broken friendships. Here are a few things that you should consider before choosing a business partner.
Photo by Sora Shimazaki from Pexels
Do You Share a Similar Vision?
If you are considering starting a business, you probably already have some idea about the product or service you would like to provide, the industry you want to be in, and the type of business you want to run. When it comes down to company identity, it is essential that you both share a similar vision for your brand. In order for it to succeed, business partners need to unify to fulfill brand promises, enforce standards and live up to the company beliefs and values.
Have You Worked With Them Before?
Having a strong connection with someone in a personal way does not always mean you will work well together in business. Being comfortable with your business partner and having the ability to be honest and straight with them is important. However, possessing existing experience working with them already will help you gauge their work style and what they will be like as a partner. If you lack this experience, try working together on a smaller project to see how you work together as a team.Continue reading
I’m Palmer Kippola, certified Functional Medicine Health Coach and I used to have MS.
If you’re plagued with frustrating or debilitating autoimmune symptoms like profound fatigue, aches and pains, numbness and tingling, brain fog, or all of the above you’re not alone. About one in five Americans, or roughly ten percent of the world’s population, suffers from one of the more than 100 autoimmune diseases. It’s estimated that the prevalence and cost of autoimmune disease is greater than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined, and it’s one of the top ten causes of death in women under age sixty-four. Long haul COVID may very well be classified as an autoimmune disease too.
Autoimmunity is epidemic today but it doesn’t have to be that way.
While it took me more than two decades of trial and error to finally reverse the MS, and another 5 years to study how that was even possible, it can be far quicker, more straightforward, and less costly to reverse or prevent autoimmune conditions today.
You may be thinking all this sounds a little too good to be true. And who can blame you? You probably haven’t heard many people say, “I used to have MS,” and most likely, your doctor hasn’t mentioned anything beyond the use of prescription medication to “manage” your condition. Although millions of Americans suffer from at least one of the myriad autoimmune disorders, the best the current medical establishment can provide is little more than medications, which may in an ironic twist, trigger additional autoimmune conditions, and even cancer. That’s because most conventional doctors have never learned how to effectively treat chronic disease, like autoimmune disorders, type 2 diabetes, and dementia.
In other words, what your doctor doesn’t know can hurt you. Thankfully, despite Western medicine’s current limitations, groundbreaking studies in the last decade have given us the science we need to prevent, and yes, even reverse autoimmune disorders.Continue reading
Guest post in our career series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
Deciding on your career can be difficult and is absolutely a process that should not be rushed. However, the best way to help you make a choice is to choose in shorter lists and then consider your top options against one another. That way, you can avoid being overwhelmed. To that end, this article aims to highlight a handful of interesting career options for you to consider, to help you make your final choice.
An important area that is rarely discussed as a career possibility is that of a delivery driver. There are plenty of courier jobs available to anyone who knows how to look, which means you can usually find good work driving deliveries. Beyond that, delivery drivers are vital to the supply chains of almost every business, which means there will always be work to be had.
The demand for content writers is as high as it has ever been, and that means that there is plenty of work to be had writing content for all sorts of companies, for any number of purposes. If you are good with words and interested in the process, then all you need to do is have a look online, and you are sure to find a plethora of content writing jobs available.Continue reading
Kimberly is a wonderful blend of energy and creativity melded with a keen mind that knows how to get things done. She is constantly looking for possibilities and then devising ways to bring them to life. She enjoys helping and mentoring others, and I am delighted to know that she is doing that now for organizations ready to go to the next level.
If you want to build energy, velocity, and momentum toward an outrageous goal, Kimberly’s Scrappy Project Management is just what you’ve been waiting for to help you get those results with more pleasant surprises and fewer disappointing shocks along the way.
“I cannot say enough positive things about the Leadership Development courses. Kimberly and her team have the gift of bringing the best out of everyone. The sessions empower you to be genuinely open and to share your flaws, in a fun and approachable manner. Throughout each session, I have continued to do a deeper self-analysis into the person and professional I am, while remaining vulnerable and admitting where I am lacking… which is a huge positive step in the direction of becoming the pers… Read more
Kimberly’s ‘Leading From Any Chair’ workshop is the single most powerful class I’ve attended, and the highest rated class I’ve participated in. Her teachings have fundamentally changed me as a leader, a coach, and a team member.
Not a day goes by here when I don’t use something I learned in the “Leading From Any Seat in the Org” class that you taught here last year. In fact, the manager of one of the folks who went through the class last year said his employee was transformed by the experience.
Kimberly Wiefling recently conducted an outstanding workshop at Stanford University, on the topic of engineering in the face of very large, complex problems, as part of a new graduate-level course I’m teaching on Engineering and Climate Change. The way Kimberly helped the students experience the frustration of an “unsolvable” problem and then helped them experience how such problems are solved was brilliant. Kimberly’s approach is so lively and fun that even while you are gratified by her terrif… Read more
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your seminar. Last night was a breakthrough for me. All of my negativity is gone, and I have been able to plow through so much stuff today. I am a dynamo!
Kimberly took me to the next level in taking on a leadership role. She encouraged me to success.
Kimberly helped me create an actionable list that was pure gold. Taking the time to work with Kimberly forced me to articulate the challenges I face and talk through possibilities.
I worked with Kimberly while she was a consultant working with Extreme Networks and I was on the core project team. Extreme wanted to speed up its product development lifecycle and enlisted Kimberly’s help to do so. I found Kimberly to be smart, tough, dynamic and a welcome change agent. She navigated through the executive level politics and was able to deliver results that greatly improved the process controls and adherence with the company – enabling the company to focus on doing the right thi… Read more
Books in the Scrappy Guides Series
By Kimberly Wiefling
A Top-selling PM Book!
Scrappy PM Audiobook
Authors: J. Abrams, C. Amos, E. Davie, M-H. Le, H. Kain, S. Lebeck, T. Mui, P. Obuchowski, Y. Shibata, N. Udo, B.J. Waxman, K. Wiefling
By Michael Seese
By Michael Seese
By Michael Horton