If you work with your spouse, you don’t have to fight in front of employees for them to know that there is tension. They can read your body language and observe your tone and attitude toward each other. Joe Sultan and Sandy Chilewich, co-founders of the housewares company Chilewich, have a method for dealing with their in-office disagreements. They try to realize when a disagreement is escalating while they’re in the moment. Then, they find a way to take some time to work it out together, perhaps over a meal. Leave your defenses somewhere else, and try to hear what your partner is saying, even when it’s painful. By working toward understanding and consensus, you can make your business and relationship stronger.

Published on: Apr 7, 2017