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We're Breaking Up


I’ve decided to end our relationship and sever ties with you immediately. As you know, tension and trouble have been brewing between us for some time. I believe we both know that any ongoing efforts to affect a continued connection between us will end in further animosity and deterioration of civility. There was a time when our connection was productive, successful, and mutually gratifying. We were able to create worthwhile and profitable enterprises in which we both were richly rewarded yet I fear those productive ventures are no longer possible in the current climate of contempt and malice which we mutually display with regard to one another.

Business partnerships require mutual respect and admiration to build trust and success. When this respect and esteem gives way to mistrust and loathing, the seeds of creativity may not grow and otherwise successful opportunities are left to wilt on the vine never to see cultivation and harvest. This is the time when business partners must make the difficult realization that the time has come to separate and part ways. I fear we have missed the opportunity to walk away unscathed but to persist in this toxic alliance would lead to further harm. I am willing to cut all ties and leave with none of my intellectual property or fruitful contributions simply to move on to other endeavors without you.

While initially, our partnership seemed to be a convivial meeting of the minds, based on mutual respect, and seemed destined to create great wealth and success for us both. Yet recent actions on your part have soured my outlook and I fear that to continue in this arrangement would be to my detriment. I have worked countless hours, strenuously defending our venture’s interests, growing our portfolio and client base, sacrificing my personal interests for the betterment of our company. My father’s recent terminal illness and subsequent passing have left me bereft and without direction and I would have expected that my loyalty to the company over these years would have granted me some degree of flexibility. Yet you have hired someone with whom I now must compete for my own clients, who rather than working with me has chosen a competitive and quarrelsome relationship with me. Rather than a personal note or phone call at learning of my father’s death, you chose to send a gift basket with an assortment of nuts all of which I am deathly allergic to with a callous and empty typed note of condolence. You know I am allergic to nuts because I had an allergic reaction to a salad served at lunch when we first met to discuss our potential alliance three years ago.

These are just a few of the reasons that I cannot and will not continue in a business relationship with you. I hold no hard feelings about the situation, but I will not be returning to work with you and you should know that to treat people as you have done is arrogant, narcissistic, and ultimately, counterproductive.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Paola Iannetta

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