The Power Of Two

by admin on March 27, 2014

Power of TwoEven though married couples who operate a business together may see and interact with each other throughout the day, oftentimes there may be strong feelings of isolation and distance within the relationship.

Sometimes — out of sheer necessity — couples may divvy up roles and responsibilities just to get all of the work done each day. In other cases, couples may simply agree to stay out of each other’s way to avoid conflicts and disagreement over how the work gets done.

In either case, couples often overlook the distinction between “cooperation” and “collaboration” and how the difference will impact both the health of their marriage and the effectiveness of their business.

Cooperation is usually based on the “you do your thing and I’ll do mine” approach, where you each agree to stay out of each other’s way and just focus on accomplishing your tasks and fulfilling your responsibilities. This is the approach most busy working couples take and (while well-intentioned) it is the driving force behind feelings of isolation and distance in the relationship.

It also overlooks the greatest opportunity that exists in every relationship and business — for two (or more) individuals to work collaboratively in aligning their unique strengths and styles to accomplish something greater together than what can be accomplished individually.

No matter how well-intentioned the “you do your thing and I’ll do mine” strategy may appear,  the fact remains that each of us brings a limited set of strengths, a particular style, and a narrow perspective to the role(s) or responsibilities at hand.  At best, this strategy is simply about getting the job done with a minimal amount of fuss or interruption.

But in doing so, we forgo an opportunity to experience the transformational synergy that comes from bringing together two sets of complimentary strengths, approaches, and perspectives — to accomplish something that could not be seen or even considered when working on our own.

The objective of any relationship or business is to create interdependence between everyone involved — by maximizing and leveraging the unique capabilities each player brings to the team — in order to create an outcome/experience that could not be arrived at individually.

If that weren’t the goal, it would be easier to avoid the complexity and challenges involved and simply do it by ourselves.  Except it’s not — and we can’t.

The experience of interdependence is achieved through the strategy of collaboration. It is purposeful and intentional in recognizing our individual differences and perspectives, and it leverages those differences in a complimentary and supporting fashion — not the “divide and conquer” approach.

Because the path of collaboration provides you with the opportunity to discover new and improved ways of achieving the desired results in your business, what may seem like extra work in the beginning (creating and developing interdependence) may actually result in increased productivity and profitability in the end.

And it might just remedy those feelings of isolation and distance along the way.

To the success of your marriage and your business!

~ David & Debby

David & Debby Pierpoint

David Pierpoint / Strategic, Futuristic, Intellection, Learner, Deliberative
Debby Pierpoint / Harmony, Developer, Empathy, Responsibility, Consistency

 

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