* Be considerate and respectful. While each of you is responsible for your own success, you should also consider how your actions will affect your partner’s business. Be aware of the things you do and how your actions might create a need for your partner to change its strategic plan. Confer before you act.
* Seek counseling if necessary. What happens when your partner takes all the covers? Open communication is critical. When roadblocks occur, it may be necessary to seek third party counsel for mediation. In this situation, authenticity and openness are meaningful.