Behind the scenes on a new business-love venture

By Rebecca Plant

Adele Tomasin and Mark Wilkes

Do you ever stop to remember what it felt like when you and your partner first got together?

When we ask couples this question, the answer usually includes feeling ‘fun and free’ or  ‘easy and relaxed’.

But what happens when the first two years of your relationship coincides with the first two years of building a business together?

Talking us through that are our first British guests, Adele Tomasin and Mark Wilkes, who also work with couples in business through their UK-based coaching service, The Missing Piece.

In today’s episode we play fly-on-the-wall as they share the challenges and triumphs of navigating new business and new love.

Jumping in the coaching corner, I share with them some of the key strategies that we use with our clients to get them working together with less friction and more ease.

In this episode we chat about:

  • A snapshot of the Couples in Business sector in the UK.
  • How The Missing Piece came to be.
  • The link between values, vision and culture in a business.
  • The mistake that led Mark and Adele to each other.
  • The qualities that make them work well together.
  • The big benefits of working with each other.
  • What Mark expected working with a partner to be like.
  • How their partnership differs from Adele’s previous business.
  • What it means to feel “out of resonance” with each other.
  • How men and women’s brains work differently.
  • Their personal approach to communication issues.
  • Why slowing the conversation down helps couples.
  • What their clients have taught them.
  • The reality of building a business in the honeymoon phase.
  • The serious accident that left Mark helpless.
  • 3 simple strategies to cut conflict and build balance.
  • What they wish they had known at the start.

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About the Author

Rebecca is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Institute for Couples in Business. Bec is also trusty wife to husband and business partner Ed, and mum to Samuel, 4, and Charles, 2. For the past seven years Bec has been working with business owners, and her Super Powers include making complex problems simple, creating strong connections, and motivating teams by building kick-arse culture. Bec is also author of #1 best-seller Lead-The-Ship and hosts popular podcast Boardrooms & Bedrooms.