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This blog is for owners and executives of growth-oriented businesses who share our growth mindset and passion for building value. Here, we share insights and experiences in our growth journey, things we learned with or from our clients, that can help you reach your next mountaintop. Enjoy!

Ep. 11: When Life and Business Partner is the Same Person

Posted on: September 24th, 2020

Our 16- and 20-year-old daughters said to us “you guys should do a podcast about working together.” My wife Hilda Castillo Duenkelsbuehler is this episode’s star guest and we talked about our different working styles, the flexibility required to learn a new way to work, the willingness to re-frame, be open and curious, that “with different styles come different ideas” (8:53) and that “we work ideas in a more intense way because we come from two different angles” (9:19). “It’s important for couples that work together, that they grow as a couple but you also have to grow as a person, in order to grow the business – if you’re stuck in your marriage or as a person, it’ll be difficult to grow a family business” (24:47).

When life and business partner is the same person, curiosity, courage, being open to healthy tension, and dedicated to personal growth can all help to grow the business.