img_1661In this week’s Dirty Secrets of Small Business™ show, hosts Jack Mencini and Adam Sonnhalter uncover the dirty secret that “Your Spouse Will Never Understand Your Obsession with Your Business.” As business coaches for Maximum Value Partners, Jack and Adam have worked with hundreds of small business owners over the last 15 years and often they need to explain that “job” people who work for someone else or the big corporation don’t have the same mindset that a business owner of a small business has in being totally saturated with thinking about their business all of their waking hours. And, for some during the non-waking hours, it’s even dreaming about what’s happening with the business. Many times “job” people share the same mindset with a spouse who feels that work should end at 5:00 pm.

To someone not totally involved with owning a business, it’s not natural to be taking work home. Spouses may harp on the topic work-life balance. If you are a small business owner, you left work-life balance behind when you made the leap from being an employee to being a business owner.

Jack and Adam advise their clients that the small business owner needs to take time to sit down and really communicate to their spouse or significant other what the daily, weekly, monthly and future challenges are with the business. This conversation can enlighten both parties and help the spouse to understand that many if not all business owners are truly blessed if they love what they do. The conversation should explain (for deeper understanding) that the obsession can be handled, but it is part of being a business owner.

On the subject of handling your obsession, there should be times when the business owner takes a step away from their constant business thoughts to be engaged with the family, outside activities and interests, which aren’t connected with the business. This small amount of time will also help put things in perspective and maybe even result into a fresh approach when you get back to pondering the hundreds of thoughts associated with running your company. 

Talking about pondering…tune in to hear Jack ponder the weekly Home Come? topic plus his discussion with Adam on the myth that teamwork is all about building consensus.

If you are in the camp that consensus is the only path to take with your business team and would like to discuss a contrarian viewpoint, call into the show on Mondays at noon at 440-946-9468 or send your opinion by email to If you would like reach the MVP coaches directly when the show is not on, call 877-849-0670.

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