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Two Fundamental Steps in Successfully Resolving Conflict

Two Fundamental Steps in Successfully Resolving Conflict

The amazing thing, when it comes to conflict resolution, is that we never die from the process. In fact, we often become energised, especially when the issue or conflict finally gets resolved. If we can see conflict as a normal component of life and business, then it can increase our productivity. After all, it would be unrealistic to expect for two people, at all times, to agree on everything. What is most crucial;

How important are clearly delineated lines of responsibility in making a business / personal relationship work?

How important are clearly delineated lines of responsibility in making a business / personal relationship work?

This, often, is the most asked question... The short answer is “yes”.  However, “yes” only to avoid duplication of work, but “no” at a leadership level.  Life partners need to operate as equals, co-leaders who take 100%

Six Successful Key Ingredients for Working with Your Spouse

Six Successful Key Ingredients for Working with Your Spouse

In small business working with your spouse can be a pressure cooker situation. There is no escape. You are together 24/7. Unlike couples in larger organizations or high flyers, you spend a lot of time together. You go to work together in one car; you work in close proximity all day; and then go home. We, Louise and William, had to learn how to do this successfully because we were on the verge of divorce. We now, however,

Six Tips for Handling Relational and Business Conflict

Six Tips for Handling Relational and Business Conflict

In today’s business environment, whether we like it or not, there will always be issues to resolve. And, equally, there will be varying degrees of conflict. However, all too often, our focus goes into avoiding the conflict, not getting the conflict resolved.

Stress, Worry, Concern: How do we manage it?

Stress, Worry, Concern: How do we manage it?

First, let’s be clear. Stress, worry and concern are not something you catch like a cold or public transport. However, any one of these emotions take hold of us when we feel pressured – either by events in our jobs, businesses, projects, looming deadlines, some difficult conversations or sometimes it’s just plain life driving us crazy. And, depending on your personality type, you’ll either blame yourself for not coping or blame others for making you feel this way.

Working with Your Spouse in a Franchise? This Book will Save You from Failure!

Working with Your Spouse in a Franchise? This Book will Save You from Failure!

A lot has been written about franchising, according to Helen and Jim Bakasetas, franchisee partners, but the experts who write about the topic often fail to realize what should be obvious: The success of a franchise depends on the relationships of those who own it. Fail to recognize the importance of relationships and most franchises run by life partners will be doomed to fail from the outset, even when they buy into an excellent franchise system.

Big Relational Challenge? Take Little Bites

Big Relational Challenge? Take Little Bites

William and I know firsthand what it’s like to almost get a divorce. And we know many clients–life partners working together in the same business–who have been in that dark tunnel. Relational challenges for life partners who work together can be worse, mainly because any separation would also involve the future of the business.

How To Hire Your Spouse

How To Hire Your Spouse

When life partners make the choice to work together in the same business, they open the doors to one of the greatest adventures possible. William and I have discovered that working together enables us to bring and capitalize on our unique strengths and talents in our business, our goals, and take on the projects that really matter to us. Every day we get to live our passion–together.

What Women Should Know about Men

What Women Should Know about Men

If you’ve ever seen a group of men together playing basketball or football, you’ll know that they thrive on high performance, competitiveness, and victory. The same is true in business and even at home. So it’s not surprising to know that a man’s greatest fear is the fear of failure, of not being able to perform well at work, or to provide for the family.

What Men Should Know about Women

What Men Should Know about Women

As everyone knows, women are highly capable, inventive, and intelligent leaders. They know how to face big challenges and resolve the problems. But there are times when a woman most wants someone to just listen to her, to empathize, to offer a shoulder to lean on. They want to feel loved and accepted.

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