Professional and business partnerships are inherently "flat", often with little formal hierarchy to channel, defuse, or resolve conflicting agendas. Either seesawing from subtle (or overt) bullying to resentful withdrawal by one or more partners, the resilience and creativity of the firm is held hostage and its capacity significantly diminished. Frequently power struggles or personality conflicts extend into the firm's ability to bring the best solutions to the table.
The need to balance the competing demands for partnership resources, business transitions, and staff development can create great stress and distract partners from focusing on success. We work to prepare clients for these types of issues by having them develop the skills to proactively co-create a constructive path forward.
With a deep professional understanding of partnership and interpersonal psychological dynamics, The Zelnick Group can work with the partners to constructively harness the conflicts which might otherwise derail the business. Our work can help stabilize the firm so that it to may rebuild, renew and prosper.
In those unfortunate circumstances where the damage is irreparable and the partners will no longer work together, an orderly separation requires the constructive harnessing of conflict in order to move forward while protecting the interests of all involved. When partnerships reach this stage, these skills can be most valuable as the hostile emotions often lead to negative outcomes, including the wasting of time, energy, and money. The alternative is often costly and protracted litigation, where further damage is done. Under these circumstances, there are no real winners and a more constructive approach is required.