Introducing my Blog E-book

Hello Readers.  Allow me to introduce myself and this serial e-book, Keep Your Partners Close:  Managing Closely-Held Businesses.

I am a conflict management consultant, and the author of From Conflict to Creativity (with my parents, now 15 years ago) as well as Dispute Resolution 101 (available as an ebook).  Depending on the situation, I offer mediation, coaching, facilitation, training, investigation, and/or assessment.  I have handled cases in businesses, families, family businesses, business partnerships, commercial litigation, and communities.  My special niche is closely-held businesses which includes business partnerships and family businesses.  A combination of my own personal partnership experiences and those of my clients led me to this book idea.  Also, I read the valuable book Power of Two, and those authors turned their book into a series of newsletters.  I plan to do the reverse.

If you visit my website, you will see my Common Ground Proactive Partnership Tool.  Inspired by the work of David Gage, influenced by the research of Rodd Wagner and Gale Muller, and deriving from my own frustrating experiences, I wanted to create an online instrument to help new and existing business partners prevent harmful conflict.

I love the rich dynamics in closely-held businesses.  Whether we’re talking about siblings, spouses, friends, or investor partners, the relationships are very interrelated and intense.  And the stakes are high.  I suppose that’s where the title comes from:  that the saying “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” both apply to your partners.  And I worry that we don’t give them the attention they need.

So stay tuned for some sharing of wisdom and stories guaranteed to enlighten.