05 Jun What’s Your Copreneur Quotient?
You were born with your IQ, and you’ve developed your EQ, but how would you rate your CQ?
IQ, or Intelligence Quotient, is a number resulting from one of several standardized tests. IQ is used to assess someone’s cognitive ability as compared to the population at large. Just to shorthand, let’s call IQ “smarts.”
EQ, or Emotional Intelligence, is a person’s ability to identify, evaluate, control and express emotions. Some people believe it’s strongly tied to success in the workplace and social situations. Let’s call EQ “savvy.”
CQ, or Copreneur Quotient, is a measure of how well you as an entrepreneurial couple work together. Are you on the same page about the future and in tune with each other in the present? We call that “sync.”
The Copreneur equation looks something like this:
Business couples with High CQ show strengths in:
- Staying committed and attached through good times and bad;
- Sharing a cohesive vision for the future of the business;
- Combining their respective strengths to get results; and
- Communicating clearly and constructively, which produces an exponential, positive effect.
But even couples who rank high in those areas can be undermined by:
- Unresolved conflict and built up resentments
- Inattention to problems in the present
- Confusion related to roles in the business
- Lack of clarity around expectations and goals
Algebraically speaking, you could say these issues have a divisive effect on a couple’s CQ.
No business couple is firing on all cylinders all the time. What needs a tune-up in your Copreneur partnership?
The most successful Copreneurs have a mixture of smarts, savvy and sync.