Relationships are like tea kettles. Whether a romance or collegial partnership, everyone that is in a relationship needs a way to vent off some steam at some point in the relationship. Structuring an outlet for that to occur, just as on the kettle, keeps the contents from boiling over. It is a thoughtful and prudent component of the design.

What have you done to create a release valve for your relationship? Friends can plan activities or pursue interests with varied sets of friends. Colleagues can create autonomy and work on some projects independently. Couples can take separate mini-vacations or join an organization without their partner.

Whether for a day or as an on-going pursuit, finding ways to whistle on your own is a healthy component of any relationship.


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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