The last thing you want to think of when you start a business with a partner is having serious disagreements. But disagreements you will have, and some of them will be very serious indeed. The partnerships that work are invariably ones where partners can disagree respectfully. If you know your future partner has a tendency to get rancorous in arguments, think twice about entering a venture with that person.
I enjoyed reading in Business Opportunities Weblog about the founder of Entrequest, Jason Pappas. The Baltimore Sun asked Pappas why Entrequest, his 7th venture, was a success. He answered, “Honestly? A phenomenal partner. [Joe Mechlinski] is 10 years younger than I am. … We’re very similar from a core standpoint, but our tactical strengths are different. He’s much more detail-oriented compared to me. The other thing is – we know how to fight really well. … [We] never make it personal.”