If you work with your spouse (or you’re curious about how I do it)

This week’s video is FUNNY, and it’s pretty real about what it’s like to live my life.

If you work with your spouse, you’ll probably nod your head the entire time because Derek and I didn’t hold back in this one!

(And even if you don’t, there are serious gems in this week’s video for you about boundaries and being clear about how you are consciously showing up in your work and in your life.)

Before you watch it, I want to assure you that all of my eye-rolling was for fun. I don’t actually do that with him. ;) Working with Derek has been the greatest gift, and he is an excellent CEO and partner. And…sometimes (let’s keep it real) there is conflict.

How do we keep it all in check – running this business together, living together, raising kids together? To really know what it’s like being me (ha!) watch this week’s funny video now:

The truth is that we do disagree sometimes. And that I don’t always like it when he pushes back in his role as CEO.

But let’s face it. I need a yin to my yang, and sometimes a yang to my yin, ya know?

The lesson for you here as you grow in your role as business owner and visionary is the importance of giving yourself an intelligent sounding board that isn’t always going to tell you what you want to hear.

(This does not have to be your partner or spouse, of course…but it can be, and Derek and I both agree that this can be done quite successfully, when you follow some parameters.)

I love what Derek said about being clear about which hat he’s wearing, and I can attest that the biggest challenges arose when we hadn’t quite figured this out yet.

As long as we are both clear, in every situation, whether we are in “Work Fabienne and Derek” mode or “Personal Fabienne and Derek” mode, it works. And it’s (mostly) very fun.

And what I love the most is that at the end of the day, we can put our feet up together and celebrate the amazing people we serve (you) and the work that we do together (being of service to you).

Hope this helps a bit.

Hey, tell me in the comments, if you wouldn’t mind sharing honestly…

What specific challenges have YOU had with working with others in your business (your spouse or otherwise) and how did you resolve them? What worked for you?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and for you to share the wealth with our community.

Here’s to powerful partnerships!
Fabienne

P.S. This is a small tip for you, even if you don’t work with your spouse:

I know all too well that as a business owner, your work can be all-consuming. What I’ve learned though is that sometimes, it’s just best to leave your work at the door, so you can connect with your partner about all the other things happening in your life. Usually, no small children will be harmed if it waits til tomorrow. Don’t always make it about work. That’s too boring and annoying… ;)

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Comments 7

  1. Loved the realism in this video, keep it up. I work with my daughter in my business & have since 2010!

  2. I loved this video! My husband Carlos Flores is completely the strategist in the relationship and can relate completely to this scenario. Sometimes he tells me things I don´t exactly want to hear at that time, but which are completely valuable comments to grow the company.
    Will pass him the tip of delivering the news with cappuccino and a motivational quote! Good job Derek!

  3. After hearing this live – I bought a Sonos speaker for my bathroom. It helps keep me in the vortex….can also be related to spouses and relationships around work. :-)

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