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The Partnership Charter

How to Start Out Right with Your New Business Partnership
Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
4.5 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In The Partnership Charter, psychologist and business mediation expert David Gage offers a comprehensive guide to the art of establishing and maintaining a business partnership. The centerpiece of his approach is the Partnership Charter, a document that clearly outlines the goals, expectations, responsibilities, and relationships of the principals.

The charter identifies potential sources of conflict and how they will be resolved, while addressing such sensitive issues as personal styles, values, money, and power. Illustrating every principle through engaging stories drawn from Gage's front-line experience consulting to business partners, as well as interviews with the founding partners of such successful businesses as Progressive Insurance Company and Manpower, Inc., The Partnership Charter dispels common myths and presents a practical framework for launching, building, and sustaining a thriving business partnership.

©2004 David Gage (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This is a clear and helpful book, best for people who are considering setting up a partnership. Readers who are already in partnerships, however, may find Gage's advice useful but harder to implement. Overall, this book is a solid addition to the business guide category." ( Publishers Weekly)

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great read before going into a new partnership

great read before going into a new partnership.

slightly redundant, yet I intend on implementing everything in a new partnership I am currently entering.

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excellent business book

very good book on business and personal partnerships/relationships. doesn't matter if starting a business or been at years, you will find golden nuggets throughout this book.

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Excellent first experience.

Wow a lot of shared real stories. Well explained and the day I will partnership with partner :) I will buy the book for a better using.

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Worth a read before getting into Partnerships

After reading this book, I have politely denied my to be partner to work together. I am going solo in my dream project of starting a high end oriental restaurant in Tokyo.

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great book on partnership roles

this was a great book on the mechanics of handling partnership. it provides a great Outline to follow.

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Excellent book for partnerships

If you could sum up The Partnership Charter in three words, what would they be?

Valuable, thought-provoking, & straightforward. As someone contemplating bringing others into my business as partners, this book was perfect. The author provided valuable, actionable material instead of just opining on their perspective. There are great example stories and the framework is easy to follow. I've listened 3x already and plan to keep this on my re-read list.

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very good read.

very good book and a must if you are thinking about partnership. it's well work working group through the whole book and following the guidelines set forth.

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Critical partnership guidelines!

This book is essential reading for any partnership, be it family or not. The author does a great job of running through all the possible scenarios, and makes commonsense out of some of the mysteries involved in partnerships. This is absolutely essential reading for any potential partners, or those already in partnerships.

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Good, but too much "noise" and fake science

The book is not mean to be technical and deep. Rather, it provides a good review of what can go wrong in a business partnership. Much of this is common sense, but there is much value in reviewing all these cases in one book. It provides a good framework to think about partnerships in general terms.
The book provides no legal or business advice. It warns about possible pitfalls, repeatedly stresses that these things need to be discussed in advance in a partnership charter, but it would definitely require much more research or professional advice to set these partnerships right.
The last few chapters slip into rather useless, or even misleading, review of personality types and other stuff that felt not only irrelevant to the the subject of the book, but also has signs of pseudoscience. For example, the Author devotes too much time to Myers Briggs and DiSC personality profiles and tries to make a case they are relevant when selecting partners. By now, these models/instruments have been largely discredited and shown to lack internal and external validity and predictive power. I guess the Author continues sell this "snake oil" to his clients, so he included it in the book. I don't know if the Author still genuinely believes that these tests are more useful than fortune cookies, or he just needed to fill pages, but this part was a big disappointment to me.
Still i STRONGLY RECOMMEND the book as the first reading if you're planning to enter a business partnership. The book definitely has value and it worth it's price.

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Business Partner Mitigation Bible

This is a thorough book diving deep into partnerships & potential pitfalls. There are a few tools recommended in regards to personality comparability that look valuable as well.

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