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Francesca  Di Meglio

Marriage As a Business

By December 20, 2012

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In my other life, I often write about business education and hot shot businesspeople. The most successful CEOs, as numerous experts have pointed out to me, listen to their CFOs and others who are more skilled in the specifics, have a long-term vision for a company and act with that the future in mind, and treat their team well and with respect. Guess what? The most successful husbands and wives do the same. We've already read about using the theories of economics to keep the arguments in your marriage at bay. Well, looking to successful CEOs for clues on how to behave might not be such a bad idea either. For starters, listen when your spouse speaks and really try to understand what he or she is telling you. Of course, be nice. Finally, think about the future - for both of you. What will make you both happy? Don't just consider what will make you happy. If you do all that and simply love each other, you'll be fine. Just make sure to seek out the nice CEO role models and not the naughty ones who are stealing money, lying, and treating people horribly. The American people might put up with Wall Street bankers getting big bonuses for putting our economy in the garbage, but your wife probably won't.

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