Defining our roles within our marriage was a big part of learning how to be a team. We needed to figure out what we expected from each other if we were going to have any shot at being successful. Thankfully, we are now both very well adjusted to our roles and know who is responsible for what at all times. It's basically like corporate America a la Phelps. Take a look...
Meet Parker, the CEO of Phelps Incorporated.
Parker is the face of the company. He signs off on all contracts and has the ultimate say in big decisions. He is the bread winner and works long, unpredictable hours. At company events, Parker is the center of the event and works the room like a pro. He makes the company look good and looks good doing it. He has a big job, so he doesn't have much to do with the day to day operations.
He loves to give back to the community. Here's the CEO now, joyfully donating to a children's charity.
Meet Chelsea, the COO of Phelps Incorporated.
It's Chelsea's job to make the CEO look good. She is in charge of day to day operations and keeping you know what from hitting the fan on a daily basis. The COO coordinates the CEO's schedule and knows what they are doing and where at all times. Thank goodness too, because the CEO doesn't do a lick of planning. The CEO may sign off on all major decisions, but the COO presents all of the options and explains the ramifications of each.
She also moonlights as a Disney character/short order cook. Just kidding, but the short order cook part is true. Guacamole? Coming right up.
The CEO and COO keep things very professional out in public.
But behind closed doors, they are comfortable being themselves. They spend a lot of time together, after all.
The CEO and COO are able to handle most responsibilities on their own, but Phelps Incorporated wouldn't be complete without its third and final member.
Meet Jenny, the company mascot of Phelps Incorporated.
In terms of daily operations, the third and final member of Phelps Incorporated is utterly worthless. However, what she lacks in productivity, she makes up for tenfold in charisma. She keeps the company grounded and reminds the leaders of the group not to take things too seriously. She is patient, kind, and treats every day like it's the start of a three day weekend.
Knowing our roles is part of what makes us successful. The CEO, COO, and company mascot all keep Phelps Incorporated up and running. Just like corporate America, it really is a team effort!