A couple have revealed the ‘CEO meeting method’ saved their relationship and led to them becoming engaged.
When you think about a long-term relationship, it actually has a lot in common with running a business.
Time, dedication, each member of the team putting in the same amount of work, money management, communication… the list is pretty much endless.
So when this couple’s relationship was on the rocks after five years, they decided to take a whole new approach.
The pair who met in Berlin, claimed that it 'quickly became clear that we [they] were meant for each other', just moments after meeting.
Stumbling across the five year mark, their relationship started to take a turn for the worse, and they came across the ‘CEO’ style of making it work.
Psychotherapy blog page, Mindfully Alive, says that this method can work for a lot of different busy people, who want to sustain their relationships.
In a post, they said: “Do you remember when there were discussions at the beginning of the relationship? When you were getting to know each other?
"What I am finding is that couples start to believe that they know their partner and stop asking questions, stop paying attention; so it starts to feel like there is nothing to talk about, or the phones and Facebook take over and it feels disconnected.
“You can overcome the tendency to make everything too familiar by scheduling a non-negotiable 30 minute block of time without any distractions and have an intentional, open-hearted, conversation.”
We can’t help but feel having these meetings with brutal honesty might just lead to more confrontation, in the shape of demanding to know why they always leave towels on the floor and never remember to take the bins out, but we’re willing to give it a try!
Some of the questions that the blog recommends asking to your partner, during your business meeting, are: “Is there anything left over from last week that we should talk about?
“In the next few days do you think you’ll need more alone time, or more togetherness?
“How can I make you feel more loved?”
If you’re looking for an answer to the second one, it’s always alone time. Let's be real.
However the CEO meeting is not always about expressing the things that need improving or changing, it can be about making your partner aware about what makes you happy.
Writing in the Ipaper about her relationship, Sarah Magill said: “When your relationship or business is going well, it provides the space to revel in your successes and to think about how to keep things going.”
So, will you be adopting the ‘CEO’ method, or do you think it might be a recipe for even more conflict and an excuse for airing things you would usually just sweep under the carpet, literally.