I rarely -- very rarely -- promote a business idea on Net Cotton Content.
But I feel strongly about a group of folks -- married to entrepreneurs, described below -- so I'm asking for your help in spreading the word about a group I'm launching with a first-rate colleague, Beth Wittman, next month.
Here's the word...
Is your spouse (or significant life partner) self-employed or a business owner? If so, consider joining Voice Of The Partner, co-led by Beth Wittman and Artie Isaac.
You are not alone.
Partners of most corporate executives stay calmed by the idea that everything is predictable: the paycheck, the career, the schedule.
Entrepreneurs face different pressures and unpredictability. So do their partners. This group is for their partners.
Whether your significant other is a business owner or professional (lawyer or accountant), partnering at home with an entrepreneur presents unusual situations. We will discuss the financial, social, personal, and familial challenges and opportunities facing the spouses (and significant life partners) of entrepreneurs. How do we support our entrepreneurial spouses while productively addressing the volatility of unpredictable cash flow, ownership pressures and fragmented time demands? How do we keep the home fires lit, when our entrepreneurial partners are all in, chips on the table, flying across the country on a moment's notice, hiring and firing, and experimenting with strategies and new products?
Minimum Expectations of Members
The group will meet in central Ohio through the school year (the group does not meet during the summer), from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. For specific dates, please see this description of next steps. Here are our minimum expectations of the members:
- Firmly committed to attending at least six meetings, per the above schedule.
- Committed to scheduling and meeting monthly, one-to-one, with another member of the group.
- Spouse, significant other, or life partner owns an entrepreneurial business (or practice).
- Trustworthy and trusting person — willing to hear others stories without ever revealing them; willing to be candid. Confidentiality required.
- Glass-half-full perspective on life. Earnestness is fine; and this will be a joyous group.
- Willing to confront others in a compassionate, affectionate way.
About the Leaders
- As a Gestalt psychotherapist and licensed independent social worker for more than 25 years, Beth Wittman specializes in creating safe environments for optimum health, healing, authenticity and connection. M.S.W., Ohio State. Post-graduate training, Gestalt Institute.
- Artie Isaac chairs CEO peer groups; coaches executives with Professional Coach Certification from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the International Coach Federation; and leads creativity training and corporate brainstorm events. B.A., Yale. M.B.A., Columbia.