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Partnership or Partnersh*t: You Decide: How to Build Your Business Partnership on the Strongest Foundation There Is- A Human Foundation (The Partnersh*t Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 23, 2012

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An in-depth workbook exploring the inner workings of successful business partnerships.
If you had started a business with a friend, run it up to full speed, then watched helplessly as it violently shook itself to pieces, you might vow never to partner again. Soffer instead chose to write this book, loading it with useful ideas, helpful advice and probing questions that make it a valuable workbook for people contemplating business partnerships. 
A worthwhile set of exercises for anyone in a business partnership or about to start one.
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I had two choices when my business partnership and business fell apart: a) I could stay angry and move on to the next thing, or b) I could put on the brakes and work at understanding why it went south. 

Anger does not bode well for any next thing, so I chose b. And I am happy I did. 
My journey has become a step-by-step book for anyone who is in, thinking of being in or ready to leave a partnership. A good, solid partnership is probably the most overlooked secret weapon in your business. No matter how long you have been co-owners, no matter how you get along, your partnership is causing at least some turmoil that is affecting your business. The best co-owners know this and are always focused on each other. But most aren't. Most treat their partnership as a given and pay it little or no attention. This one factor will make or break your business. 
If you have not been paying attention, now is the time, before it's too late, like it was for me. If this book can help even one partnership from imploding, I have achieved my goal. 
I hope this book leads you to enjoy, learn and grow. Blessings to all my readers. 

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Product Details

  • Series: The Partnersh*t Series
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: A Human Foundation Publishing, LLC (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098591730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985917302
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patty Soffer is a renowned brand strategist and partnership coach who incorporates Building a Human Foundation into all that she does. Her path has taken her from a delightful childhood in a tiny Midwestern town to a 15-year career as a top fashion, beauty and television model in New York, Milan and Tokyo. Shortly thereafter, Soffer co-created one of the South's hottest branding and design firms with her business partner. Until its dramatic implosion, the firm stood front and center as an award-winning, rising star in the nation, serving a roster of clients that included McDonalds, Marriott, Heineken, Perry Ellis and many others. Over the years, the firm collected nearly 100 Addy and other industry awards and was named one of the Hot 500 Companies in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine. Currently, Soffer is consulting with businesses and partners who understand the value of building a Human Foundation, and also acts as a brand strategist for special projects. This is her third book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aussiebird on October 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
It is not often that a book comes along that truly gives clear, useful insight into the workings of human beings and also gives a practical education on how to bring about and conduct a successful relationship. This book is a clear step by step guide on what a partnership is composed of and how to build a strong foundation so it is successful. You find many works that only lay out opinions, advice and give fuzzy outlines about relationships, but this work is different in that it is so well enunciated it truly is inspiring: "What is partnership? To many, it has a legal or financial definition. It's so much more. Partnerships are about people. So your definition must be human. Partnership means having a clear, defined relationship with yourself first. Then it becomes the merging of minds, souls, dreams, talents, wants, desires, skills and futures, where the outcomes are mutually decided upon for the betterment of all involved." I highly recommend this work to anyone who wants to be successful in human relationships and life itself.
Thank you Patty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KT Erwin on October 24, 2012
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Patty Soffer has survived success and failure, all while learning how the human asset is the greatest value of any business. She knows how to take the hard knocks and come back stronger. With simple wisdom, marketing savvy and style, Patty Soffer gives both the "how to" and "how not to" succeed in business. Partnership or Partnersh*t: You Decide is required reading BEFORE jumping into a business venture.
Dr KT Erwin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Phinney on April 27, 2014
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In Partnership or Partnersh*t, Ms. Soffer has found and well defines the bottom line to all successful businesses with or without a partner: self-awareness. Her journey to her own awareness and that of her business is what drives this wonderful, easy to read, yet poignant book about seven steps to building your “Human Foundation” in life and in business. I am particularly struck by her candor and raw truth-telling. This is her story, her lessons that she learned through some extremely difficult business dealings in her partnership; now, sharing them to help others about to dive in or who are already involved in a partnership. I would especially recommend this book to anyone even considering a partnership to help them truly understand what is at the heart of that relationship.
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Look no further. For people drowning in a pool of tears created by struggling business partnerships, or other troubled relationships, this book is an essential life preserver. It uniquely combines triage practicality with bold innovative strategies specifically designed to rescue. As a Private Practice Psychotherapist for almost 15 years in Beverly Hills, I've seen faulty communication skills consistently present as the root of cause of client distress. Ms. Soffer teaches effective technique from the title of her book to the last page. How? By demonstrating a disciplined expression of disclosure, honesty, clarity, focus and intention as the method for conveying an .a.l.l.-.i.m.p.o.r.t.a.n.t. as well as .c.o.m.p.l.e.t.e.l.y. .n.e.w. step-by-step .p.r.o.c.e.s.s. to alleviate interpersonal pain, or avoid it in advance, and build A Human Foundation upon which a business partnership, or a marriage of any kind, can stand firm. This is not a simple swim; especially for those thrashing in agony. A seasoned coach like Ms. Soffer is required ... And having admittedly gone off-course in deep water herself and battled to learn a better route, there is nobody more qualified to lead others to the secure safety of increased awareness, healthy patterns and achievable business/personal success. This is the book you knew was needed but didn't know existed. Look no further.
Lee Schiller, MA, MFT (CA Lic. MFC43554)
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My first incentive to read Patty Soffer's book was a curiosity factor.We modeled in New york together and I remember her as having extraordinary beauty and "presence". Having had counseling during various junctures in my life, I confess,the title spiked my interest. I made the assumption that I knew plenty about the subject and had no idea there would be wisdom new to me.
Partnership to Partners*** is a life application of consummate importance. It emphasizes the importance of honesty and courage and how mandatory to any endeavor in life it is to build a healthy,wholesome foundation in all of our relationships . My pattern has been to over please at the expense of my own well being,only to have it back - fire later on.
Patty's candor with regard to the admissions of her culpability and vulnerability moved me to tears at times,and boy could I relate.Since reading her book I actually feel courage and am inspired to risk breaking the accumulated patterns of behavior that all of us acquire along our journey.
I cried and self examined,ultimately arriving with a whole new fundamental perspective. This book gives me the courage and inspiration in which to re build my own human foundations.Anyone entering into a relationship whether business, or personal will benefit to the highest degree, the invaluable wisdom that Patty Soffer so candidly shares.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francina L.P on November 3, 2012
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This book was written with so much heart.As a reader I look for literature that I can sense whether or not the author truly is authentic no matter if its fact or fiction.Patty Soffer not only learned from her mistakes but felt it necessay to help others avoid Partnersh*t which can only go one way.... I truly have been blessed by her expertise and was totally amazed that this book was so wisely thought out. She is a wonderful writer who has the knack for provoking the reader to keep turning to the next page. Her mishaps in partnership can now be your triumphs.This material not only relates to business partnerships but any partnership of any kind including marriage. In fact thats exactly what a partnership is,its a marriage the joining of two or more to build a relationship. What better way than to build on a steady foundation and that foundation begans with you. I am sooo looking forward to the conception and births of new projects from this author!(and you should to)
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Francina L.P
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