BREAK UP OVER A CAKE?
Can you believe that something as simple as a cake can make or break a partnership?
Just a few months ago, as I put the finishing touches on a 6-layer rainbow explosion cake for Aspen's 5th birthday, I couldn't help but think that it might be the first time I finished a cake for my kids birthday with plenty of time to spare. I was done and decided to pop the cake in the fridge. However, fast forward an hour later, and the cake had literally imploded.
In a panic, I called my partner, Sherron, asking, “Why did my cake implode? Is it too late to bake an entirely new cake? Can anything be salvaged, or should we just get a cake from Giant and throw in the towel?”
In such situations, it can go either way. A partner can choose to be an unsupportive partner, playing the blame game, leaving a person to solve the problem alone, or not doing anything at all. Alternatively, a partner can be a rock.
So, what did we do? We communicated. I shared my dilemma about the problem, and my son suggested making cake pops, Sherron obtained the necessary supplies, and I received the help and resources I needed to pull it off.
Communication can make or break a relationship. Indeed, at the core of most business divorce cases is a communication issue, unmet expectations, and resentment. Business divorces are not unlike regular divorces, because the business was built with a partner that at some point was liked and trusted. In successful business partnerships it is essential to take note of what the other party wants and ensure that it's agreeable to both. If there is a point of impasse where the partners have fundamental differences about the future of the business, one of the worst responses is to ignore the red flags and not address the underlying problems. In such cases, involving another party, like my son and husband in my situation, can offer a fresh perspective and help with problem-solving.
Have you found yourself in a cake implosion situation? How did you find a solution?