February 13, 2014

Friends never say goodbye

Recently, a significant percentage of my callers tell me at some stage of our conversation that they are having problems with their partners and the only solution that they see is selling the business. Generally, these companies have a history of more than 10 years.

Be it in business or in social life, time has an important effect on partnerships. The excitement and the aims, which initiated a partnership and kept the partners together, start to change. Each person ages physically and psychologically in a different way. Love blindness ends; it is understood that it is not possible to go together to those places, which had been foreseen as reachable and tolerances decrease… Partnerships lose the strengths, which they had at the date of their establishment. However, separation is hard, except in cases where one party has hurt the other one.

In his song Friends Never Say Goodbye Elton John summarizes the situation as follows:
There isn’t much I haven’t shared
With you along the road
And through it all there’d always be
Tomorrow’s episode
Suddenly that isn’t true
There’s another avenue
Beckoning, the great divide
Ask no questions, take no side
Who’s to say who’s right or wrong

In a separation generally there is nobody who is right or wrong. Therefore, the separation should be realized so as to cause both parties the least pain and to bring them if possible some benefit. In business life one of the good solutions to the problem is to sell the company.

What is right is being able to remember in a good way all of those years spent together. Elton John must have the same idea since he says in the chorus part of his song, “Friends never say goodbye.”

To listen to the song Friends Never Say Goodbye please click here.

The oldie of the week: Peter & Gordon – World Without Love (1965)

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