The business of relationships

5th September, 2011


Personal relationships are very much like business relationships in that you need to keep investing in them to get great returns.

I am lucky to be in a great relationship – although as one friend tells me, the harder you work, the luckier you get. Believe me, to meet my guy, I worked really hard – I literally built a whole business around it!

Some of you will know my story – I set up a social experiment to find myself a boyfriend. I organised for a bunch of single men and women to meet while cooking for hungry and homeless people. Word spread, I started running regular events and six months later met a great guy.

I still run events for singles to meet while making a difference and have been happily partnered for nearly three years.

Once I found a great partner, I noticed major improvements to my working life too.

I’m constantly meeting people who want to meet someone and that their main focus is no longer on their job – it’s on finding a life partner. Additionally, I hear reports of employees losing focus on their jobs when they are in bad relationships.
To help people shift their focus, I’ve enlisted the help of two US relationship experts to teach people how to build deep and connected business and personal relationships at special seminars in Melbourne and Sydney this week – Understanding The Attraction Switches: How To Find And Keep The Right Partner.
Jeff Slayter and Kane Minkus, known internationally as Jeff and Kane, have helped educate more than 100,000 people worldwide about building great relationships.

Kane says personal relationships can have a big impact on people’s workplace performance. He had one CEO client who had not been intimate with his wife for seven years. Not only was the relationship suffering, but so was his business.

When he was able to reconnect with his partner, his home life improved and so did his work life. He became more confident in his leadership abilities and turned his business around.

There is a lot to be gained by having great relationships in your life. I’m living proof – not only did I find a great guy, but I got a great business from my search!

Is being in a bad relationship or worrying about being single having a negative impact on the work life of you or anyone you know?