BLOG: WHAT CELEBRATION WOULD YOU CREATE?
Happy Second Day of Spring!
We celebrate a number of national and international holidays in March. Many we are aware of and some are more obscure. There are the well- known holidays such as International Women’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day and then ones like International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Social Workers month and two new ones I recently heard of, Multiple Personalities Day and National Frozen Foods Month!
The list goes on…It seems there is always something we can celebrate with a little imagination!
If you created a special event to commemorate something/someone precious other than the obvious birthdays or anniversaries, what would your special day or month be?
My special day would be “Couples Who Work & Live Together Day”. Maybe it’s self-serving because, yes, this is predominately our work, yet we have come to realize and appreciate how challenging it can be personally and professionally. It takes self-awareness, kindness, forgiveness and grit to work with your love. For some, it is a recipe for disaster and, for those uniquely suited couples, it can be a true blessing. We have not seen a lot of middle ground.
So, for our newly created celebration we offer one beginning point often overlooked:
According to Glen Muske, a researcher at the University of North Dakota, who studied these couple businesses for over 15 years, “Having a good marriage in the first place is foundational to a good working relationship.”
It may seem obvious yet you'd be surprised how many ignore this....If your relationship is in trouble, seek help first before considering starting a business together or continuing in the business too long. Be PROACTIVE! We’ve seen and heard of couples who start a business in these situations thinking it will strengthen their relationships…WRONG! It’s like having a baby…and it brings many additional stressors.
P.S. For our Tampa Bay Area friends, we offer a complimentary monthly, Couples Meet and Greet for those couples who already work together or are thinking of working together. Click HERE to learn how to make it work or make it better.
P.P.S. Next month we’ll explore best practices for conflict resolution when you and your intimate partner do not see eye to eye at home or at work.
P.P.P.S. If you would like more support in applying these principles, give us a call. In between our speaking and coaching engagements, we carve out a few individualized sessions each month. Schedule your appointment here.