News From LBD
June 2017 Volume 7 Issue 6

  Relationship Counseling for Success

    As you may well know, the divorce rate for first marriages has consistently been at 50% for a number of years. Did you know that the divorce rate for second marriages is 67% and third marriages 74%?  As startling and unfortunate as these numbers are, they are very real and they have a very profound impact on people's lives, communities and the economy.
    Did you know that the diovorce rate, the dissaloution rate, for business partnerships is 80%?  WOW!  Again, startling, unfortunate and a major impact on people's lives, communities and the economy.
    The Small Bussiness Administration says that 99.7% of all US employers are labled as "Small Employers." Yet only 8% of them are partnerships. Why only 8%? Divorce!
     Not surprising is that some of the main reasons couples divorce, such as poor communication, lack of common goals or vision for the future, etc., are the same for partnership divorces. Love does not conquer all here.
    Many married couples seek marriage counseling to improve or "save" their marriages. Although there is no guarantee that this will save a marriage, since 38% of such couples still divorce after counseling, 75% say their relationship is "improved" and 65% say it is "significantly better."  This is especially true if the counseling is "on going" and not a one or two time "quick fix" attempt.
    Relationship Counseling for business partnerships can have the same impact. The success rates for partnerships that work with a Relationship Coach or specialist are similar to the numbers above. Partnerships are usually formed for a good reason. Making sure those reasons are maintained and maximized takes work. Just like a marriage. A relationship counselor (Coach) can help drive the desired success of partnerships.


What Leaders Are Reading

The Power of Full Engagement
by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz --
The authors offer a program aimed at stressed individuals who want to find more purpose in their work and ways to better handle their overburdened relationships. Just as athletes train, play and then recover, people need to recognize their own energy levels. "Balancing stress and recovery is critical not just in competitive sports, but also in managing energy in all facets of our lives."   

The Bible:  The Book of Proverbs  

These proverbs of Solomon are given to us so we can grasp wisdom, understanding, knowledge and the discipline all good leaders desire and should strive for.

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Leadership Tip of the Month
The Relationship Coach

Sometimes people confuse coaches with consultants. People generally, and
  unconsciously, ask coaches for advice and/or expect a "quick fix."

The role of the coach is not to provide answers or solutions. It is to help develop the potential that lies within.

The coach is also not there to lead people. Rather, they are there to help people develop and strengthen their strengths whereby they can successfully lead themselves.
Coaching relationships vary considerably. Not all coaches are business or "relationship" coaches.
Not all coaches are   psychologists and don't necessarily need to be.
An effective coach is one that will tailor the relationship to the needs and personalities of the people being coached.

What will it cost?
This too will vary, but you're probably looking at an investment of time, money, and emotion . 

For additional information contact LBD.
John Branstad
John Branstad

Quote of the Month
"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."

~ Michael Altshuler   

John Branstad