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Encore Episode: Build a Healthy Marriage; Be a Better Leader

What's one thing that can inflict so much emotional pain that it can significantly hinder your leadership effectiveness? An unhealthy marriage.

Listen to one of the world's leading experts on having a healthy marriage and better relationships overall. Les Parrott and his wife Leslie have spent the past 30 years helping others build healthy relationships. Les is a professor of psychology at Northwest University, in Kirkland, Washington, and they are founders of the Center for Healthy Relationships on the campus of Olivet University in Anza, California.



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  • B.H.A.G to see the divorce rate reduced by a third in local churches (3:30)
  • Reducing the divorce rate by a single percentage impacts the lives of a million children (4:04)
  • Relationship essentials from "Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts": Your marriage can only be as healthy as you are (8:34)
  • A marriage can only be as healthy as the least healthy person in it (09:50)
  • Fundamentals of relationships (10:48)
  • "If you try to build a connection with another person before you've done the difficult work of getting whole on your own, all your relationships become an attempt to complete yourself. And you'll fall flat." (13:16)
  • It has become routine that leaders implode because of unhealthy relationships (16:28)
  • How a dysfunctional marriage can mess with a leader's ability to lead his/her team (17:22)
  • When a person is in pain, especially relational pain, it keeps him/her from having empathy (17:34)
  • "We sympathize with our heart; we analyze with our head; empathy brings both our hearts and heads together" (22:03)
  • Symbis assessment (24:30)
  • Better love assessment (24:53)
  • Yada assessment (25:38)
  • Spiritual disciplines for couples to practice together (29:46)
  • How to have a fair fight (30:29)
  • "Conflict is the price we pay for a deeper level of intimacy" (32:18)



Buy Les and Leslie's book: Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

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Buy Les and Leslie's book: Becoming Soul Mates



Read a complete, word-for-word transcript of episode here.


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