You can be a successful power couple
When you think about power couples, what comes to mind? Many people automatically think about famous entertainers or politicians, but being a power couple is so much more than being rich and famous. Here’s the basic definition of a power couple: two people who have extremely successful careers. That’s it.
Some power couples work separately outside of the home, and some work side-by-side in their accounting firm. If you own a successful firm with your spouse, then you may already be a power couple.
There are certain behaviors that most power couples exhibit, and we’re excited to share them with you here.
Five Characteristics of Power Couples
They Brainstorm Together
It’s extremely cliché, but also extremely true…two heads are better than one. The couple that takes the time to brainstorm business ideas and problem solve together always comes out on top. Setting time aside to brainstorm with your spouse shows that you value each other’s opinions.
Brainstorming is also a great way to toss around crazy, pie-in-the-sky ideas. What appears to be an unattainable dream may eventually turn into a golden opportunity. First you bring those ideas down to earth, then you outline the steps to turn that dream into a reality. The best power couples are opposites. One person is the visionary while the other is the voice of reason.
Work to Improve Yourselves
Here’s an interesting question to ask yourself. How much time in the week do you set aside for personal improvement? If you and your spouse are not actively working to improve yourselves individually, then you’ll always be spinning your wheels.
Power couples happen because two highly driven people work together. Driven people habitually read books, attend webinars, take classes and routinely research ways to improve themselves and their firm.
If you haven’t done any self-improvement in a while, it may be time for you and your spouse to challenge your limits.
Separate Roles, Equal Partners
The best power couples know exactly what their roles are within their accounting firm, but have an equal share of power. It’s not logical for both partners to do the exact same thing because then you don’t have the opportunity to play to your strengths. Assess what your individual strengths are and assign roles based on that.
Equal power means equal buy-in, and equal buy-in means both of you are 100% committed to your firm’s success. You both share some important core values (that’s why you’re a couple, right?), separating your roles doesn’t negate this, it actually amplifies it.
Will you have to sacrifice your career ambitions by giving yourself a specific role, absolutely not! On the other hand, expect to compromise sometimes. You don’t have to validate one another as being worthy, because you’ve taken the time to communicate your strengths and you know the worth and value you bring to your firm.
They Make Time for Themselves
This one might come as a surprise to some of you. You’re probably thinking that power couples spend all of their waking hours working on the business, but you’d be wrong. Highly successful power couples always find a way to make time for themselves.
If you don’t take the time to recharge, your firm suffers and your relationship suffers as well. There’s nothing better than coming into a brainstorming session with a fresh perspective after taking some much needed me-time. Think of your personal time as an investment in your firm and your relationship.
It’s true in your personal life and it’s true in your professional life. A big differentiator between simply being husband and wife business owners versus being a power couple is communication. A power couple will take the time to communicate effectively with one another in every situation.
Once communication breaks down, your firm starts to slow down. It might seem like communicating regularly is taking a big chunk of valuable time out of your day, but by investing that time now, you save yourself from big headaches later.
Now is the Time to Power Up Your Business
Maybe you’ve just started your journey as husband and wife business owners, or maybe you’ve been working side-by-side in your accounting firm for a very long time. Either way, it’s never too early or too late to step up as a power couple.
Sit down with your spouse and look over the five characteristics we’ve listed here and get your spouse’s input on where things could improve. Then it’s time to get to work! Improve in one area at a time until you’ve mastered all five. You’ll be amazed at how different your firm will be when it’s being run as a real power couple.
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