Business Partners Consulting

Bad partnerships aren't just stressful -- they're a threat to your company's very survival.
The biggest issue with partnerships is the people involved. You just can't control everybody -- and not everybody is born with the innate ability to work as a team toward a common goal.

A partnership that isn't working -- whatever the reason -- is a clear and present danger to the continued success of your company. Studies have shown that more than 80% of poorly designed and managed partnerships end with dissolution at best, and the complete destruction of the business at worst.

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In addition to my decades of experience, I’m the author of “Finding the Fork in the Road” – an Amazon best-selling book on business. I’d like to offer you the chance to download the first chapter absolutely free. This chapter focuses on partnerships and provides invaluable insight into your own business.


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If you and your partners are having problems, they need to be solved and solved permanently. Aside from arguing, finger pointing, and a general loss of productivity, the enormous stress caused to both you and your staff is resulting in lost opportunities and more.

It really comes down to dollars and cents. If you and your partners are spending X hours per week in disagreement with each other, you’re taking that time away from actually doing business. That doesn’t even begin to account for the chaos that could potentially be caused by the stress in the work environment for your team.

In essence, issues that arise in your partnerships could potentially cost you thousands of dollars — and they don’t have to. The cost of a bad partnership can be devastating!

You’re not alone. Many partnerships, whether it’s a family business, a couple of friends working together, or a group of 30 professionals, have issues.

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • Not every one of your partners has the same skills and yet they want the same benefits.
  • Goals and direction aren’t clear, leading to disagreements and creating anxiety among your staff, or worse.
  • Your company is experiencing high turnover for key staff members, and ultimately, the loss of revenue.
  • Not everyone has the same idea of which direction the company should go, so it goes nowhere fast. Lack of clear direction from the top is frustrating for your staff and can lead to a huge decline in productivity.
  • You’re experiencing battles over compensation, equity shares, and who is in charge of what.
  • Some partners seem more committed than others, yet everybody wants an equal share.
  • Your company has a lack of clear communication, the #1 enemy to partnership and business success.

Each of us has a different communication style, and with some ground rules for effective communication, it’s possible to stop the bad blood caused by poor or ineffective habits, not to mention undesirable personal habits, personality quirks, and other difficulties that make it impossible to work things out and create an atmosphere of fear, stress, and uncertainty throughout the entire company.

So it’s time to break the cycle, fix your problems and take the time you waste arguing with each other and learn to work together effectively to improve your staff productivity and generate profit.

How many thousands of dollars per week are you watching go down the drain simply because the partners aren’t getting along the way they should? As you continue to focus on your disagreement with your partners, your ability to pursue business opportunities is diminished.

I’ve worked with many partnerships over the past fifteen years, and there’s always a solution. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is, who’s not doing what, or any other reason. The fact is that I turn broken partnerships into money-making ventures through effective business partners consulting.

At the end of the day, every partner has to take responsibility and assume the role that they must play. With my proven approach, we’ll work to smooth the rough edges and create a working relationship everyone can agree to that will create long-term success — even if that means one or more partners bows out and moves on.

The 2 Part Approach

Solving your partnership challenges comes in two vital forms. First, the prescriptive approach. We work together to discover the existing roadblocks and create a plan to get things moving again.

The second approach is the preventive plan. This plan will keep your partnership functioning from now on and creates established boundaries, roles, and delineations that everyone can feel good about.

This isn’t theory or a one-size-fits-all program — this is a tailor-made solution designed for your unique circumstances. Studies show that 86% of partnerships that operate with an effective plan thrive.

So do you want your partnership to crumble under the weight of conflict and other potential problems, or do you want to build an effective partnership where each partner uses his or her strengths to build and support the success of the business?

If you’re wondering how much working with my business partners consulting program might cost — consider how much you’re losing now. Whatever your current situation is in your partnership, consider the drain it’s creating on your mental and physical energy — and then multiply that ten-fold to see what’s happening for your staff — and your revenue. Can you afford to continue down the path you’re currently traveling?

Whatever is wrong isn’t going to heal itself. Whatever you resist persists. In fact, what you resist not only persists, but grows in size. Can you afford to have the current problems in your partnership increase? If you truly want to make a change, then you’re going to have to take committed action right NOW. I won’t like to you — you and your partners are going to have to step up to the plate, take responsibility, and agree to work to fix the issues.

The choice is yours — let huge sums of cash bleed away from your wounded partnership or bit the bullet and do something about it right now. If you have the desire to make a change, I have a business partners consulting solution to help put your business back in your envisioned path to success.


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What other partnerships have to say

We initially engaged Linda to help make a successful transition off of our current team at the time and form a new team of our own. In preparation for this transition, she helped us develop our new team structure and roles by diving into our SWOT analysis, business plan, and goals. We worked through the conversations we would have with management, current team members, our clients, and potential new hires. As a result of our work with Linda, we were well prepared for the conversations, kept 100% of our clients, and hired a new assistant. During this time, we had to stay focused on our metrics for the business and meet our goals, which Linda ensured we did.

We interviewed several coaches and scheduled those calls back-to-back. Upon completion of the calls but before having a thorough debriefing conversation with each other, we each had Linda at the top of our list.

Sonja: "During our interview call, she kind of scared us. I felt that she would definitely be able to hold us accountable."

Blake: "Linda has great rapport and is very relationship-focused."

These were the initial reasons we hired Linda, but they still hold true today. The combination of these has led to an amazing relationship that neither of us would give up for the world. We continue to work with Linda to help us take our business to the next level.

Blake Cecil & Sonja Blumoff, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

When I started to work with Linda I knew I was ready for something more, and needed help to get there. I wanted to take my business to the million-dollar producer level and knew I needed to create a business model that would provide sustainable growth. I heard Linda speak at a conference and knew then I needed to work with her. Her energetic style and long list of accomplishments came across during her presentation and motivated me into action. Her customized approach to coaching has helped me focus on my strengths, set realistic goals and keeps me accountable. In the last year, my business is 30% over the previous year, I am more confident and recognize and embrace my talents and abilities to create a business that resonates with who I am. I'm looking forward to reaching the million-dollar producer level with Linda's support and help.

Arlene C. Wilson, CDFA, Financial Advisor | Vice President | Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

I've found working with Linda provokes me to think, analyze and take action on the things that I need to change in order for me to have better outcomes.

Angela Perry, Managing Sales Director | Mid-Atlantic Region | MetLife Premier Client Group

We hired Linda to speak at our annual Women in Finance event with the theme this year on Professional Presence when Linda discussed negotiating skills for women. Linda was easy to work with from our first interaction. She clearly knew the topic and customized it to our audience. One of our members said "The negotiation's presentation was perfect, as I learned a lot and have already shared it with my assistant, husband, and few friends who already have learned something from you, too!" The presentation was productive and information and Linda was an engaging speaker. If you are looking for an inspired, motivated speaker then Linda would be an excellent choice.

Tina Schackman, CFA, Director, CFA Society Orange County

Linda Finkle is incredibly insightful, thought-provoking and genuinely helpful. She combines strong listening skills with very practical and compelling business judgment. Linda's coaching has been instrumental in identifying and developing critical success factors in key senior leaders. Most important, Linda cares deeply about her professional relationships. She is certainly interested in success, but more importantly she is unequivocally committed to doing what is right. We place enormous value on our relationship with Linda and know that together we will share many future successes.

Larry Dahl, President, Lincoln Benefit Life Company

I believe working with Linda at Incedo Group has made me a better leader. The bottom line is she forces you to sit down and think about what you are doing, why you are doing it, how you are doing it and its impact on others. This is invaluable to leaders who have to perform at their peak, in a world that equally regards consistency and the willingness to change.

Richard B. Eells, Regional Vice President, Lincoln Benefit Life Company

I had recently been promoted to a Director position, and was looking for guidance in stepping into that role, and continuing on a path of professional growth. My objectives were to improve my leadership abilities, learn to effectively hold others accountable, learn to look at the company as a whole vs. just my department, and contribute to the direction and success of the company as a whole.

In addition to stepping into the promotion to Director, there were also major changes in the organization at that time. Linda helped me navigate the landscape in a professional and effective way. Her guidance gave me the tools to stay centered and remain focused. In addition to the internal organizational changes, a couple of my largest accounts had been struggling, resulting in loss of business for all of their major partners. While working with Linda, I was able to increase my overall sales in the face of those major challenges. I believe that my work with Linda has elevated me as a professional, providing me sustainable skills and abilities to continue to escalate my career.

As a woman who is striving to be successful in business, I was drawn to Linda as an example of a strong, successful, and confident woman who had a lot of experiences to pull from. Further, her style of communication is straightforward, easy, and open. I spoke with 3 or 4 coaches, and the choice was quick and easy.

Fawn Coutant

When we hired Linda, we wanted to develop two of our managers' communication skills to prepare them for the C-suite. We wanted to put concrete deliverables into action such that learning could be applied in real time. Working with Linda, our managers not only had the opportunity to bat above their class, but improved their communication skills across the board and clarified and refined their developmental goals.

Linda was recommended from a long-time colleague in employee relations that I trust. After speaking with her and several others, she was the clear choice. A strong coach who insists on establishing measurable outcomes. Compassionate but direct, time with Linda is well spent.

Larry M. Vales, Manager, Talent Strategies and Human Resources | The James Irvine Foundation

Now is a good time for a reality check!

Avoid partnership pitfalls and streamline your relationships. The current and future health of your business relies on how well you and your partners work together. My business partners consulting program can help your company resolve common issues such as:

  • Disparity in work styles
  • Communication challenges
  • Lack of shared vision for company direction
  • Compensation issues
  • Work/life balance discrepancies
  • Uneven work load for partners
  • Decision making challenges
  • Lack of trust with partner(s)
  • No clear leadership
  • And many others