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.
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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
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Kimberly is a physicist by training, is active in SDForum and other technical organizations, authored the “Scrappy” Project Management books, is a skilled and engaging facilitator, and is also funny and refreshingly entertaining.
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Kimberly is a good communicator and a great source of inspiration to the leader in every person who works with her. She has greatly influenced the leadership qualities in me and has helped me become more effective with my communication skills.
“It is always a pleasure to work with Kimberly. As an expert in leadership and an experienced instructor, Kimberly brings her great knowledge and first hand experience in innovation and entrepreneurship to her work. She frequently contributes to the TVLP Institute programs for both individuals and corporate clients from 42+ countries. Kimberly recently guided about 70 senior leaders of YPF, the largest Argentinian oil and gas provider, during a Learning Lab intended to promote team cooperation a… Read more
We learned from Kimberly’s sessions how important it is for each employee to understand our company’s organizational DNA. I believe that the bond developed between overseas employees through understanding our shared DNA will result in leading our global business into the future in spite of their different backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities.
This book unabashedly puts forward a new, unambiguous, non-shrinking, and ultimately empowering view of what we all as project managers should commit to be and do every day in our project roles.
Maybe you don’t realize this, but everything I know about leadership, the mindset, what makes a good leader, everything I learned from you. Sometimes it’s little phrases of yours that you take for granted, but that open young entrepreneurs’ eyes and make them reflect. Unfortunately, I didn’t really realize until today in the meeting that I had left you out of this incredibly important decision. That’s exactly why I wanted an advisor board.
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.
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