Best of 2018: Let Go To Grow

By Rebecca Plant

Boardrooms and Bedrooms with Rebecca Plant

This month we’re revisiting our three most popular podcasts from 2018 — our first year on the air waves.

Coming in at Number 2 is Let Go To Grow — aka, Stop being a Control Freak.

I’m active in a lot of groups (including the Couples in Business Facebook Group) where couples share the challenges of working with the person they love.

The number one challenge is always Communication. That is, an inability to make important decisions without getting heated; a lack of conversation outside of business, business, business; or just a constant feeling like your other half’s main aim in life is to rub you up the wrong way.

The second one I hear very often, is how one of you is a control freak. I don’t want to put the boys in the mud here … but, the feedback is that guys struggle the most with letting go.

And it’s OK, I get — more often than not it’s been his business. By that, I mean, he started the thing and she has come onboard from a supporting role. He is used to calling the shots and doing things a certain way.

The problem with this mentality is that it actually stops you guys from moving forward. As Marshall Goldsmith said: “The same ideas that got you here, won’t get you there.”  And, if you are both in the business, you’re doing yourselves a disservice when you don’t explore more efficient and effective ways of doing things.

That’s the highlight of today’s replay of my conversation with Sydney-based plumber Andy Smith and his wife Ange, who hammer home the importance of moving aside in order to move your business ahead.

This also speaks exactly to the point Ed and I so often speak about to each other and to those inside our PowerHouse program: You must Let Go to Grow.  And that message is not limited to the men in our circle 🙂

In this episode, which originally aired last February, we chat about:

  • Why Andy and Ange’s first attempt to work together lasted only 3 months (and who fired who!).
  • How Andy learnt to let go and change his mindset.
  • The things Andy needed to do in order to take ownership of his role.
  • The impacts of their growth on their home life.
  • What their kids have learnt from their entrepreneurial journey.

This was our most downloaded episode of 2018, which tells me that Letting Go is something that most of us have a problem with. And if it’s not in the business, then perhaps it’s somewhere else. Mine shows up in my Mum duties more often than not.

I’d love to hear from you — where do you get your Control Freak on the most?  Drop me a note on the bottom of this episode on the socials, inside the Couples in Business Facebook Group, or by sending me an email via [email protected].

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Whatever it is, reach out.  If you’ve got a question about something, there are others out there wondering the same thing.  And, well, creating solutions for couples around this stuff is the work we do everyday. We’d love to help you do things easier.

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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.