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Printing a Book in China Can Be a Good Deal if...

Printing a Book in China Can Be a Good Deal if...

As you may be aware, last week I was in Hong Kong and the purpose of this trip was to find not only a suitable printing company in China, but one that was outstanding. I spent the week submerged in lengthy meetings with a variety of companies and interacting with these professionals has been extremely productive and eye-opening.

An Overlooked Ingredient of Boost Juice Success

An Overlooked Ingredient of Boost Juice Success

Boost Juice – the award-winning fruity sensation that brought the concept of juice bars to Australia – is the work of a husband-and-wife team, Janine and Jeff Allis. What is the secret ingredient of their immense success? Luck? Business school? Strawberry extract?

Thoughts and Prayers for People of Brisbane

Thoughts and Prayers for People of Brisbane

Please, extend your thoughts and prayers to the people of Brisbane, who are rushing to protect property from rising floodwaters, hoping for quick recovery from this natural disaster so they can begin rebuilding their lives.

Happy 2011: A New Year – A New Decade – Many New Opportunities... Being Accountable to Your Goals

Happy 2011: A New Year – A New Decade – Many New Opportunities... Being Accountable to Your Goals

William and I always love this time of year - it’s the beginning again - a clean slate awaits our goals, thoughts and dreams about what this year is going to be about for us. This time of year provides us with the time to dream a little, be inspired, be creative in our thinking.

Leadership Harmony is Achievable for All Life Partners in Business

Leadership Harmony is Achievable for All Life Partners in Business

When life partners share leadership in business, things can get dicey. William and I know all too well how this plays out—recounting our partnership journey. Let me explain: Shortly after we were married, the two of us began sensing friction on several fronts, especially when it came to our roles in running a newly shared business.

A Stable Foundation is Key for Life Partners to Successfully Run a Business

A Stable Foundation is Key for Life Partners to Successfully Run a Business

The largest disservice life partners can perform in their relationship and business is operating without a solid foundation. We experienced this the hard way, narrowly escaping a bitter divorce early in our marriage.

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.

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