In any business relationship, the highest priority tends to be how compatible we are with our business partner(s).
Everyone wants to have a partner that makes them feel understood, appreciated and cared for. And it sometimes happens that you find this kind of compatibility with a person you never would have expected. For example, what if the person you have a business relationship with is a decade older (or younger) than you are?
While we may think “love conquers all” there are some common issues that people in the business relationship encounter. Especially when there is an age gap. Read on to discover just what those issues might be.
What’s “Normal” In Business Relationships?
Statistics on modern business relationships have shown that the majority of people partner with someone who is within three to five years of their own age.
But as our society has become more accepting, we have begun to see ever-increasing age gaps in relationships. It’s common now to see partners with an age difference of ten to fifteen years or even more.
What Problems Can Arise For Business Partners With Wide Age Gaps Or Different Business Relationships.
One of the most immediate issues for partners with large age differences is that they are at different points in their lives in regards to their careers, family, travel and general experience. If the older partner has experienced many major milestones already, they may not be interested in doing it all over again.
For example, a 30-year-old eager to start a family may find it conflicts with their 50-year-old partner who is already raising teenagers.
The age difference becomes more obvious when you compare major life experiences. That’s why it’s vital that both partners are open about what it is they’re looking for in the relationship from the beginning.
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For example: How many times will you be able to ignore it when a waiter talk to your mature partner instead of you? Will you laugh it off or will you set them straight?
What Are Some Of The Healthy Care Issues That You May Want To Consider
Although the video above is about martial relationship, I feel it applies to all types of relationships. Monika Hoyt gives great pointers on conflict resolution. You may not think that mature gap is that big a deal now, but as you mature, it may turn into a huge consideration. You need to recognize this as something that most likely will affect your business arrangement. The quality of your lifestyle will be impacted by the maturity and health of your partner.
A lead and managebusiness relationship with twenty years of age difference means that one of you will be an active person, perhaps firmly ensconced in a fulfilling career, while the other is ready for retirement. The mature partner, whether in mind or age may be eager to start traveling and enjoying their golden years; how will that work when the other partner is still working 40 hour weeks with 2 weeks’ vacation a year?
What’s more, while it’s true that age is nothing but a number, sooner or later time will have its way. How will you cope when you are no longer a business partner?
Relationships with large maturity differences can work. Like any other happy business relationship, it takes devotion, honest communication and lots of work.
But if the love is there, it is always worth the effort.