Power Couples Who Do This One Thing Stay Together, Study Says
Power couple Alex and Parker Conrad worked out an arrangement for home tasks early on in their relationship. Alex, a management consultant for Strategy&, takes care of everything that can be accomplished remotely—like paying bills. Parker, a co-founder of several companies based in the Bay Area, has a less crazy travel schedule and, thus, takes care of all home needs that have to be dealt with in person.
It doesn’t matter how busy you are—you should always put your relationship first. That means being present during the moments that you do have time with your other half. Trae Vassallo, a former Kleiner Perkins partner, acknowledges that many dual-career couples neglect their relationship as a result of their crazy schedules. “Even if you have a call pending and a flight the next morning, it’s important to be fully present for your spouse,” Vassallo says. Her husband, Steve Vassallo, a partner at Foundation Capital agrees: “You’ve got to make sure that the relationship is healthy before you worry about other things.”
Steve Vassallo also cautions about the changes that happen as life progresses. “I guarantee there are a bunch of [people] in this room who say, ‘I really want to marry someone who is a brilliant [career person],’ but then when they get married, they also want their spouse to have kids and be a supermom,” he tells Stanford students. “It’s critical for dual-career couples to have an open dialogue about their expectation before marriage. Because to switch down the line is pretty painful.”
For more strategies on how to live a balanced life and be one-half of a power couple, visit Stanford’s GSB.
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