Building boundaries

By Rebecca Plant

Podcast hosts Rebecca and Edward Plant

When Ed and I first started working together 10 years ago, we were living in a two-bedroom apartment which also doubled as our office.

With no set space for work, Ed used to work in the living room, the kitchen, the bedroom and anywhere in between. And it drove me insane! (He was also really messy, which didn’t help).

Due to that situation, we were compelled to create some firm boundaries on when and where business was to happen very early on in our business-life relationship.

While the need for boundaries was obvious in our situation, it’s not always clear where you, your partner and your team may benefit from boundaries.

On the podcast this week, Ed and I tackle the topic of boundaries — where you need them, how to build them and what to expect when you hold them.

In this episode we chat about:

  • The working habit of Ed’s that drove Bec bonkers.
  • How to know if you to set boundaries.
  • Why boundaries are necessary.
  • The ideal work versus non-work talk time ratio.
  • Stress and resentment as identifiers.
  • What the words “Should do” means.
  • The one place that work must be off-limits.
  • The 3 most important places to establish boundaries.
  • How Ed weaned himself off talking work on date nights.
  • What are boundaries with ‘Self’.
  • Boundaries around roles and responsibilities.
  • What happens when you don’t have boundaries.
  • Training your team to work within boundaries.
  • What to expect when you start to hold boundaries.  
  • The impact of boundaries on you and your business.

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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.