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Helping married entrepreneurs reach their business goals while living a better-balanced life with their spouse and family

The biggest challenge for married entrepreneurs isn’t simply succeeding in business, it’s succeeding in all areas of life.

This show will take you behind closed doors to share with you the real stories, conversations, and hard moments that happen in every married couple’s life, especially when it’s amplified by the stress of building a business.

Join your hosts Robert and Kay Lee Fukui each week as they take you into the boardroom and bedroom where you will hear encouraging stories from married entrepreneurs thriving in tandem.

Robert has over 25 years of working with Fortune 100 companies in marketing and sales before developing a consulting business to help privately held, family businesses become more profitable.

Kay Lee grew up and worked in her family business and understands the power struggles that can bring.

Together they spent two years in relationship counseling BEFORE they got married and have over 17 years of real-life marriage and business experience implementing what they've learned.

Stay connected with them on Facebook and Instagram @thrivingintandem or visit them at https://www.marriedentrepreneur.co for some great resources for your marriage and business.

Thriving in Tandem: The podcast for married entrepreneurs Robert and Kay Lee Fukui: Business and Marriage Coaches

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Helping married entrepreneurs reach their business goals while living a better-balanced life with their spouse and family

The biggest challenge for married entrepreneurs isn’t simply succeeding in business, it’s succeeding in all areas of life.

This show will take you behind closed doors to share with you the real stories, conversations, and hard moments that happen in every married couple’s life, especially when it’s amplified by the stress of building a business.

Join your hosts Robert and Kay Lee Fukui each week as they take you into the boardroom and bedroom where you will hear encouraging stories from married entrepreneurs thriving in tandem.

Robert has over 25 years of working with Fortune 100 companies in marketing and sales before developing a consulting business to help privately held, family businesses become more profitable.

Kay Lee grew up and worked in her family business and understands the power struggles that can bring.

Together they spent two years in relationship counseling BEFORE they got married and have over 17 years of real-life marriage and business experience implementing what they've learned.

Stay connected with them on Facebook and Instagram @thrivingintandem or visit them at https://www.marriedentrepreneur.co for some great resources for your marriage and business.

    Ep. 182- The Painful Journey of Entrepreneurship with Paul Hastings

    Ep. 182- The Painful Journey of Entrepreneurship with Paul Hastings

    What would it be like to go from working 95 hours/week to 0 in an instant? This week’s guest Paul Hastings is here to tell us about it. The sudden change wasn’t by choice. A tragic health issue forced him to stop cold turkey. In the months of recovery he was able to reconnect with his wife, be present for his young kids, and re-evaluate what was important in life. 
    Every busy entrepreneur needs to listen to this episode. We never think things like this can happen to us but sometimes our body says something different. Hear how Paul has re-defined success and the steps he’s taken to make sure his business doesn’t consume his life. 
    Podcast: https://compelledpodcast.com/
    More info: https://paulhastings.me/
    Key Takeaways
    Worked 95 hours/week and was always willing to take on another client
    Arm stopped working and caused severe pain
    Forced to stop working and bringing in income
    Had daily conversations with his wife during recovery
    He realized he had tunnel vision and lack of boundaries
    Re-defined success and set boundaries to make sure he could be present for his wife and kids
    Makes less money but has more time
    Don’t let business dictate your life
    Bio
    Paul Hastings is an award-winning podcaster, filmmaker, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the host of "Compelled", a podcast sharing unique stories about God transforming Christians around the world. His work has been featured by Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, World Magazine, American Family Association, The Christian Post, and more.
    Paul, his wife, and their four children live near Austin, Texas and attend Redemption Hill Church.
    Want to live a better balanced life and win in marriage AND business at the same time? Purchase our book Tandem: The married entrepreneurs’ guide for greater work-life balance. https://www.thetandembook.com/
    Need to create more time to dedicate to your marriage? Download this free guide. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/boundaries
    Need some insight into how to balance it all? Schedule a free discovery call. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/lets-talk

    • 38 min
    Ep. 181 - How to Avoid Disaster: Why Working with Your Spouse Can Spell Trouble for Your Business!

    Ep. 181 - How to Avoid Disaster: Why Working with Your Spouse Can Spell Trouble for Your Business!

    According to the 2022 U.S. Census Bureau, a little more than 10% of businesses are run by husband and wife teams. And that number is continuing to grow as more and more couples are realizing they can make more money working together than in separate jobs or businesses.
    However, working with your spouse is not as romantic as some may think it is. Neither is it the beginning of a disaster for the relationship like others may feel. Should all couples work together and why do so many fail? Tune into this week’s episode to find out. But what I can tell you is once couples learn how to work together, they make the best team possible. Working with the person you trust the most, who wants you to win as much as you do, and have complementary skills, will take your business to the next level. 
    Want to live a better balanced life and win in marriage AND business at the same time? Purchase our book Tandem: The married entrepreneurs’ guide for greater work-life balance. https://www.thetandembook.com/
    Need to create more time to dedicate to your marriage? Download this free guide. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/boundaries
    Need some insight into how to balance it all? Schedule a free discovery call. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/lets-talk
    Key Takeaways
    Work together because
    It’s romantic
    Cheaper than hiring an employee
    One persuades the other to do it
    Some learn to make it work. Others are “been there, done that, never again.”
    Why do they fail? Conflict.
    Don’t take things personal
    Lack of agreement stunts business growth
    Most arguments are a zero sum game
    Me Vs Her
    The word, “US,” was a game changer
    Boundaries between work and home

    • 31 min
    Ep. 180 - Entrepreneurs: Accomplishments Are Fleeting, Relationships Are Forever with Aaron Walker

    Ep. 180 - Entrepreneurs: Accomplishments Are Fleeting, Relationships Are Forever with Aaron Walker

    When you start with nothing to starting, building, and selling off multiple businesses to Fortune 500 companies, you’ve got it made, right? That’s not what this week’s guest, Aaron Walker experienced. Before he reached the age of 30 he had already sold his first company to a Fortune 500 competitor. Even though he had no intention of selling, they made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. 
    Then tragedy struck. This changed everything for Aaron and sent him on the journey of moving from success to significance. 
    He is now a living example of how you can prioritize the relationships that matter most and still succeed in business. And he’s helping other men do the same thing through his mastermind groups and retreats. Tune in to this week’s episode as we explore how to make those hard choices so you can prioritize your marriage and family. - You only have one pass in life to do it well.
    Sound Bites
    "We never learned through success. We only learned through failure and we only learn in the valley."
    "The reason I'm such a proponent now for leaving it all on the field. Squeeze every drop out, do everything you can, make every moment intentional, live your life proactive, not reactive, to maximize this awesome thing that we get to do every day."
    Check out his mastermind groups and retreats https://www.viewfromthetop.com/isi-mastermind
    Key Takeaways:
    Sold first business to a Fortune 500 company at 27
    Tragedy struck that changed everything
    Entrepreneurs think there is a moment when “I’ve arrived.” But it’s only temporary
    Happiness is a choice
    His purpose is to turn ordinary men to extraordinary people
    Develop a support team before you need it. Then you’ll never be alone
    Place guardrails around your life so business doesn’t take over
    Bio
    For over 45 years, Aaron, has been a small business owner, committed husband, devoted father, and community leader. He got his first taste of real accountability in a business Mastermind group where he developed genuine friendships and grew alongside Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, Ken Abraham, and others. He currently serves as founder and CEO of View from the Top where Iron Sharpens Iron Masterminds, business coaching, and events all coordinate to achieve the mission.

    Want to live a better balanced life and win in marriage AND business at the same time? Purchase our book Tandem: The married entrepreneurs’ guide for greater work-life balance. https://www.thetandembook.com/
    Need to create more time to dedicate to your marriage? Download this free guide. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/boundaries
    Need some insight into how to balance it all? Schedule a free discovery call. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/lets-talk

    • 38 min
    Ep. 179 - End Financial Arguments: Most Common Marital Conflicts

    Ep. 179 - End Financial Arguments: Most Common Marital Conflicts

    The reasons why couples fight over money is due to the different attitudes and habits that were formed growing up. Whatever was modeled to us growing up is what we adopt as an adult. As you’re aware, those differences are what causes the conflict. 
    Savers vs. spenders, investors for going into debt, delayed gratification vs immediate pleasure. 
    How do you prevent arguments about money? First, have an “us” mentality, not a me or her/him mentality. In this episode, we delve into the common reasons why couples argue about money and how to prevent it from happening and deal with it when it does. 
    Want to live a better balanced life and win in marriage AND business at the same time? Purchase our book Tandem: The married entrepreneurs’ guide for greater work-life balance. https://www.thetandembook.com/
    Need to create more time to dedicate to your marriage? Download this free guide. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/boundaries
    Need some insight into how to balance it all? Schedule a free discovery call. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/lets-talk
    Key Takeaways:
    Us not me mentality
    Understand each other's pasts
    Value each other's differences
    Vision
    Reward delayed gratification
    Staying in conflict forces you to work against each other and slows down wealth-building

    • 31 min
    Ep. 178 - Get Your Life Back with Jerry Dugan

    Ep. 178 - Get Your Life Back with Jerry Dugan

    As you go through the daily grind of building your business, does it sometime feel like Groundhog Day? Same thing over and over. If you stop and think, do you feel like you and your spouse are growing together or feeling more like roommates?
    Meet this week’s guest, Jerry Dugan. One day as he was building his career, his wife and kids gave him a shot in the arm with one statement and one question. It hit him between the eyes and made him assess what he was doing. He was sacrificing his personal well being and his family health by prioritizing his work.
    Whether you’re a W2 employee or a business owner, this episode will cause you to evaluate if you’re living a fulfilled life. 
    https://beyondtherut.com/ 
    Questions
    How do we know when we’re stuck in the rut?
    Many people feel they don’t have a choice but live the life they’re living. What do you say to them?
    What did you do to get out of it? How do you live a life worth living?
    You’ve recently left your W2 job to do this business thing full time. Any lessons learned?
    One question both his children asked that hit Jerry in the heart
    “I want my Jerry back.”

    Bio
    Jerry Dugan is the CEO and Senior Consultant of BtR Impact, LLC, a consulting and training company focused on helping leaders define success on their terms so they can live fulfilled, meaningful lives with impact and not lose their faith, their families, or their health.
    His work experience includes serving in the U.S. Army as a combat medic, corporate training facilitator, and organizational development leader. He has led in combat zones and corporate offices learning the ins and outs for building teams and trust through servant leadership.
    Since 2015, Jerry has been the host and producer of Beyond the Rut podcast, a show that shares encouraging stories and practical advice to help pull listeners out of their ruts and into lives worth living. It's not enough to get out of a rut. He wants you to live beyond the rut.
    Jerry currently lives in Dallas, Texas, enjoying the empty nester life with his wife Olivia. They have two adult children, three cats, a dog, and no car loans!
    Want to live a better balanced life and win in marriage AND business at the same time? Purchase our book Tandem: The married entrepreneurs’ guide for greater work-life balance. https://www.thetandembook.com/
    Need to create more time to dedicate to your marriage? Download this free guide. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/boundaries
    Need some insight into how to balance it all? Schedule a free discovery call. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/lets-talk

    • 43 min
    Ep. 177 - Mastering Entrepreneurial Partnerships: Navigating The Pitfalls of Working With Your Spouse

    Ep. 177 - Mastering Entrepreneurial Partnerships: Navigating The Pitfalls of Working With Your Spouse

    For some groups of married entrepreneurs, working with your spouse is the greatest thing since sliced bread. For others, it’s a disaster. The third group is getting by and the last group doesn’t even want to go there. Regardless of which camp you sit in, this episode is dedicated to you. The married entrepreneur who works with your spouse or is wondering whether it’s a good idea or not.
    Working with your spouse has its challenges for sure. But if you avoid these 5 common pitfalls, you will be on the path to building a thriving business in tandem while strengthening your marriage at the same time. 
    Take a listen. 
    Want to live a better balanced life and win in marriage AND business at the same time? Purchase our book Tandem: The married entrepreneurs’ guide for greater work-life balance. https://www.thetandembook.com/
    Need to create more time to dedicate to your marriage? Download this free guide. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/boundaries
    Need some insight into how to balance it all? Schedule a free discovery call. https://marriedentrepreneur.co/lets-talk
    Want to learn how to deal with conflict in a healthier way? Listen to episode 142
    Top mistakes married entrepreneurs make
    Just fill a seat
    Not listening to your spouse’s feelings
    Lack of boundaries
    Taking it personal
    No regular meetings

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Deb Meyer ,

Wonderful podcast for married entrepreneurs

A lot of people tout marketing strategies to grow your business, but very few focus on relationships outside your business.

I love how Robert and Kay Lee bring a fresh perspective to nurturing relationships with family members (especially spouses)!

Noremac007 ,

Brace for impact

Robert and Kaylee are remarkable hosts and people. They consistently bring thoughtful content that matters to me as an entrepreneur and as a father. I highly recommend these podcasts.

TFEtim ,

Great for business owners and couples

Every couple that interacts in a business setting should listen to this podcast. It is full of great information, and the hosts have a heart for couples to be successful when they are in business together.

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