Top 20 Destroyers of Business Value # 16 – Unaligned Partners / Shareholders

Posted on January 22, 2013 · Posted in Blog

When partners and shareholders in a business do not share the same vision, or lack trust and respect, it becomes very difficult for a business to maintain a path towards growth and success.  Ultimately this becomes a major destroyer of value.

This does not mean partners have to agree on every problem or decision, and disagreements on smaller issues can actually be healthy. When partners complement each other with opposite skill sets, the opposing viewpoints can actually add value. However, this is only the case if there is a healthy respect and overall alignment among the partners and shareholders.

In our experience, as long as the battles are over tactical issues and processes, the situations are typically resolved. Unfortunately when there are deeper core problems, the impacts are devastating to the overall health and value of the company.

If you are currently partnered with others, or are considering bringing on a partner or shareholders, it is essential to evaluate their fundamental character, belief and vision for the company. You don’t all have to sing Kumbaya, but you do have to create a united and unified front for all stakeholders.

Are you destroying value through partner or shareholder conflicts?

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