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How Can Married Entrepreneurs Achieve Better Work-Life Balance? (video)


Balancing Marriage and Business: Insights from Robert and Kay Lee Fukui

In a recent Expert Insight Interview episode, John Golden talked with Robert and Kay Lee Fukui. They are co-founders of IE 61 Inc. and authors of “Tandem: The Married Entrepreneur’s Guide for Greater Work-Life Balance.” They help married entrepreneurs achieve work-life balance while growing their businesses. This blog post highlights key takeaways and advice for balancing marriage and business.

Understanding the Challenges

The Workaholic Mindset

Robert and Kay grew up seeing their parents prioritize work over family. This taught them that career success requires personal sacrifice. They later realized this mindset isn’t sustainable or fulfilling.

Key Insight: Overcoming the glorification of long hours and stress is crucial for balance.

The Toll on Relationships

Robert’s long work hours led to physical and emotional exhaustion. Kay felt disconnected. This made them re-evaluate their priorities.

Key Insight: Recognizing work’s impact on relationships is the first step toward change.

Strategies for Better Work-Life Balance

Setting Boundaries with Technology

Kay shared that putting her phone in another room reduces distractions and boosts productivity.

Actionable Tip: Designate specific times and spaces for work and personal activities. Keep phones out of the bedroom to ensure quality time with your spouse.

Creating a Vision for the Future

Robert and Kay stress the importance of setting a shared vision for the future. Aligning goals helps couples integrate their vision into their present lives.

Actionable Tip: Create a vision board with your partner outlining shared goals. Revisit it regularly.

Leveraging Each Other’s Strengths

Couples often have complementary skills. Valuing these differences can improve both business and relationships.

Actionable Tip: Identify each partner’s strengths and delegate tasks accordingly.

Regular Check-Ins and Meetings

Weekly meetings help Robert and Kay stay aligned and accountable.

Actionable Tip: Schedule weekly meetings to discuss business and personal matters.

Prioritizing Quality Time

Despite busy schedules, Robert and Kay prioritize quality time together.

Actionable Tip: Plan regular date nights. Simple and inexpensive activities can help you reconnect.

Overcoming Mental and Emotional Barriers

Shifting the Mindset

Many couples struggle to disconnect from work, feeling they should always be busy.

Key Insight: Shift from constant busyness to intentional and quality time.

Leveraging Complementary Skills

Identify tasks that align with each partner’s strengths to enhance business and relationships.

Actionable Tip: Delegate tasks based on strengths for efficiency and harmony.

Setting Clear Boundaries

Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life.

Actionable Tip: Set specific work hours and use shared calendars for commitments.

Balancing marriage and business is challenging but achievable with the right strategies. Robert and Kay Lee Fukui provide valuable insights for entrepreneurial couples. By setting boundaries, leveraging strengths, and prioritizing quality time, couples can build thriving marriages and successful businesses.

For more guidance, explore their consulting program, “Power Couples by Design,” and their book, “Tandem: The Married Entrepreneur’s Guide for Greater Work-Life Balance.”

Remember: Success in business should not come at the expense of personal relationships. With intentional effort and the right strategies, you can achieve a balanced and fulfilling life.

Our Host

John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist, he has conducted over 1500 video interviews of thought leaders for Sales POP! online sales magazine & YouTube Channel and for audio podcast channels where Sales POP! is rated in the top 2% of most popular shows out of 3,320,580 podcasts globally, ranked by Listen Score. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist

About Author

Robert and Kay Lee Fukui are the co-founders of i61, inc., a business consulting company. They assist married entrepreneurs in creating a better work/life balance by structuring the business to scale while giving precious time back to the owner to invest in their marriage. Robert received his marketing degree from San Jose State University and has spent 25 successful years in sales/marketing with companies such as Coca-Cola, Novartis Pharmaceutical, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He played instrumental roles in the launch of six major brands, was directly responsible for over $150 million in revenue, and was a recipient of national sales and leadership awards. His business acumen allows him to help family businesses build a more profitable, efficient, and sustainable company. Kay Lee Fukui earned her business degree from the University of La Verne. She worked in the banking industry for many years and in her family business as operations manager for over 10 years before meeting the love of her life, Robert. She understands the highs and lows of running a family business and the sacrifices the owners make; often at the expense of marriage and family. Her passion is to see marriages flourish while building a profitable business and to help the entrepreneurial couple understand that you don’t have to sacrifice the marriage and family for the business.


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