More than Business Partners

As so often happens, a couple of friends or family members share some common interest or idea and decide to form a business together. This may lead to an outstanding venture for all bringing great joy and success. Even if it does just that, differences of opinion about various parts of the business may cause a rift in the relationship and possibly impact the business. Communication in the workplace may already be tricky. When a personal relationship plays into the mix, it can be downright difficult. 

Oftentimes, business partners who are couples, friends, or family members see each other so often that they believe they can talk about the business with each other anytime and anywhere. While that may be true, it is important to have a designated time to check in with each other on a regular basis to see how things are with the business, if you are together and individually, where you want to be work-wise, and where you hope to go in your employment situation. 

What if you now want to go in different directions?  When that realization exists, it can be a pivotal moment. Fear that changing the business relationship will harm the personal relationship may prevent someone from wanting to share their truth.

If the conversation occurs with openness, dignity and respect, the business partners may discover that the next chapter for the business, whether they operate it together, it dissolves, or one person takes over, may ultimately create a happier and more content life for each person individually. 

Business mediation provides the space for constructive conversations about ownership, management, and employee matters to clarify needs, consider options, and create ideas for conflict resolution in a private, confidential setting.  

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Sherry Ann Bruckner

From her twenty-plus years' experience practicing civil and family law, and her own personal experiences with silence and violence, Sherry Ann Bruckner understands how much inner peace impacts outer peace. A graduate of Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts and William Mitchell College of Law, she also studied conflict resolution at Rothberg International School in Jerusalem. Sherry serves as a neutral on matters ranging from bias and employment discrimination to marriage dissolution and caring for aging parents. A speaker and trainer on the global stage, Sherry gives you and your audience practical skills and the confidence to use them. An engaging and authentic speaker, she believes you hold the personal power to create peace. Through helping thousands of people navigate their way through conflict, and finding her own way to inner peace, she shares the transformational power of clarity, compassion, curiosity, and cribbage.

A small-town mediator with a big heart and global mission, Sherry works with leaders and organizations to create peace, resolve conflict, and transform visions into results.

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Sherry Ann Bruckner

Be gentle with you. Be gentle with all. Be the peace.