We often hear that being in a relationship requires tradeoffs and compromises.
One of the most challenging compromises nowadays for most working couples around the world, and especially expat couples, is one partner giving up a successful career so that the other partner’s career can thrive.
But does it really have to be this way?
We know that in the long run this often leads to tensions in the relationship, causing resentment and loss of identity as well as financial vulnerability.
Starting a portable business to allow the accompanying partner to also build a source of fulfillment and revenue on the move has been the foundation behind Tandem Nomads’ existence.
However, for a business to succeed it needs real commitment. It often happens that expat partners cannot give their full attention to their business, especially when they have children, for the simple reason that they don’t have the right support system, but also because they do not feel supported by their own partner in this venture.
In order to discuss these topics and bring you some guidance of how to deal with these dual career challenges, I invited Jennifer Petriglieri, the author of the book “Couples that Work”, a book on how dual-career couples can thrive in love and in work.
She will share with you what she learned from interviewing more than 100 couples and her big tip on how to make your business a priority, even if you are not the main bread winner.
“An expat job is not secure, your business is the backup plan of your family.”
Jennifer is the Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD where she directs the Management Acceleration Program and the Women Leaders Program. She has been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 New Thinker and Talent Awards and named one of the world’s best 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets & Quants.
Jennifer is British, married to an Italian husband – they met in Switzerland, lived in Boston and now in France. Therefore, Jennifer knows a lot about duals career couples that live the global nomadic lifestyle.
What You Will Learn
- How dual career couples can thrive in love and work
- What differentrelationship models exist and their pros vs cons
- How to make your business as important as your partner’s job
Resources And Inspiration:
- Jennifer’s website
- Couples That Work @ Home: The Survival Series
- Buy “Couples that Work”
- How to make yourself a priority
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