Secrets to making a marriage work when you’re in business together

There’s nowhere to hide if you work with your spouse and you’re both psychologists.

While I imagine this might be reasonably frustrating, it’s also a huge source of strength for Alison and Darren Hill, who run a business called Pragmatic Thinking. The company helps its clients better manage their people.

“Building a fast-growth business is really hard. Staying married, despite what it’s like during the loved-up haze around the wedding day, requires a lot of effort. So combining the two, well that’s either a recipe for lunacy or the greatest self-development course you can undertake,” Alison says.

Pragmatic Thinking, which has 15 staff, was ranked 33rd in last year’s Australian Financial ReviewFast 100 list.

Alison says being able to work together as a husband and wife has advantages because they understand each other’s work. For instance, they both often do public-speaking gigs and appreciate what that means for the other spouse.

“We know what it's like to be on the road, speaking to audiences. That mutual understanding is awesome on a personal and professional level to able to support each other,” Alison says. Read more

Alexandra Cain - Brisbane Times - 28 Mar 2018


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