When people get to the point of deciding to end a marriage, the decision is usually packaged with disappointment and anger. Sometimes one partner may still want to try to work things out, causing even more disagreement. If a betrayal has occurred, the rage it fuels can make it extremely difficult to find the harmony necessary to collaborate as a team in business.
Melinda and Bill Gates recently announced they are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage, saying in a public statement that “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.” In the same statement they also said they have raised three incredible children and built a foundation together that works all over the world to help people live healthy and productive lives. They continue to believe in that mission and plan to still work together at the foundation, despite their breakup. The question is, how to manage to maintain a professional partnership in the face of divorce?