Roughly ten years ago, while working with couples, the idea of viewing marriages as being similar, in some basic aspects, to companies was formed. I’ve never been a ‘business type’ and had only a handful of business classes during college. So basic means basic! Each couple was asked to visualize the relationship as a working company, for example, a common fast-food restaurant or some other business with which they were familiar. From there, the idea kept growing. I’d add to the vision and couples gave their ideas as well. The business model helped them to “see” the dynamics of their relationship, then “see” the conflicts or problems that needed addressing and then “see” solutions that could help them.
The idea for Marriage is a Business originated nearly ten years ago, through my work with scores of couples. Somewhere along the way, marriages became likened to companies, basic tenets of company ownership helped couples better understand their relationship conflicts and the ideas for the book and its main focus were conceived.
With little free time to invest in writing, the book took four years to complete. Both Karin and I forged forward, setting biweekly or monthly goals to keep the pace going. Our goal was to publish this Fall and we are pretty well on target!