If you’re wondering what you might find inside our new book, you’re in luck! Today’s post offers a brief outline from the table of contents:
This section introduces the MIAB mission statement that serves as a roadmap for your journey through the MIAB approach:
“We agree to become partners in joint ownership of a business with a vision and a plan, adopting policies and procedures which are developed during regularly scheduled board meetings and are achieved through skills of negotiating, compromising, and communicating.”
Each factor included in this foundational statement—ownership, vision, planning, policies and procedures, board meeting, negotiation, compromise, and communication—is introduced and described, setting the stage for the work to come.
Part I – The Business of Marriage
Here’s where you will learn valuable skills business people use every day to build their organizations and achieve their goals. Commonplace in the business world, these tools are easily adapted for taking care of business at home and achieving consensus in your marriage. Once mastered, they will allow you to create and fulfill a shared vision, overcome obstacles, and get the business over and done with so the fun can start!
Part II – And Now…the Feelings
Along with managing the business of daily life, couples must also manage their emotional health and reactivity. This section offers a clear, basic explanation of how feelings work both for individuals and in relationships, with a focus on the necessity of taking responsibility for your own emotional wellbeing.
Part III – A Joint (Ad)Venture
Now that you’ve acquired new business skills and learned important information about handling your feelings, it’s time to put it all together. This section is full of couples’ stories and detailed examples of how to apply what you’ve learned to your own specific situation.
Part IV – Moving Forward
This final section offers summary comments about moving into the future as a couple, cementing your commitment to each other, and making your marriage the priority it deserves to be. There is also advice for those considering marriage as well as those who have been married for awhile.
Throughout the book, you will find numerous examples and stories drawn from Dr. Secrest’s years of experience as a couples’ therapist as well as assignments, questions, and thought-provoking exercises. A collection of Partnership Tools is developed along the way, and these are summarized in separate pages at the back of the book for easy reference.
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