How are you handling your #RelationshipGoals?
Eugene Mason III, MBA
Andrea Little Mason, Ed.D.
Helping you navigate life's most important GOALS...
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In corporate, soft skills are used to capitalize on collaboration and profits; however, often in our personal lives these same skills are not used to manage ourselves, our relationships or the next generation. Soft skills add finesse to our hard skills game. It's time to recapture soft skills in the environments that matter most – within ourselves, our homes, and our circles of influence. Join the Maximizing the Connection Community. Consider new ways to be the expert in your life.
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WHO WE ARE
We are Eugene Mason III, MBA and Andrea Little Mason, Ed.D., #RelationshipGoals Strategists committed to equipping others to master their personal #RelationshipGoals. We have spent more than 25 years in friendship, love, relationship and partnership. For us, the secret to remaining satisfied has been a commitment to utilize the soft skills, that have made us successful in our professional lives, in our home with each other and those we value the most.
We have been Relationship Builders for more than 10 years and used our published work and research about relationships and gender roles to create curricula that have led to the creation of Maximizing the Connection, a series created to help individuals make, maintain and maximize the diverse relationships in their lives; and Power Couple Mentoring, a series that provides modern couples with blueprints, tools and skills to build confidence in their non-traditional roles as they work toward #RelationshipGoals. We also provide support toward healthy family relationships through Legacy Builders topics. In all we do, WE BUILD LEGACY!
WHO WE MENTOR
We have worked with hundreds of individuals, couples, families and groups to help develop frameworks to become skillful at navigating their unique 21st Century relationships. We are confident that we can help you reach your #RelationshipGoals, too.
Are you looking to build up your relationship skills to communicate better with the different people in your life?
Maximizing the Connection
Whether you at work with colleagues, at home with family & friends, are single or in A relationship
Personal growth is essential to
make, maintain and maximize connectioN.
At the core of any type of mutually satisfying relationship are individuals who are committed to continual improvement of themselves as individuals as well as relationship building.
Without a commitment to turn your focus to yourself - your thoughts, your feelings, your behaviors - you will find yourself less successful in your interactions with others.
Maximizing the connection TOPICS
Personal Responsibility - We need to be reminded about the connection between our thoughts, feelings and actions and how they can affect relationships.
Change Me - The only positive change that you can 100% guarantee in your personal life and in your relationships are the changes you are willing to make in YOU.\
FaiReality Tale - Fairy tales are so common that sometimes we use the notions of Prince Charming and 'living happily ever after' as our expectations for our relationships in real life.
The 5 Es - Our personal perspectives about relationship expectations is heavily influenced by how we have interacted with the world in various capacities.
F.O.G. - Sometimes in our relationships, communication can become as challenging as navigating through fog.
- Words/ Tone/ Volume/ Body Language - We are always communicating, so it is important to consider how people are receiving our full messages.
Four Corners of Visibility - Being able to view situations from diverse perspectives can help us navigate life's situations & make the best decisions in our interactions with others.
The Power of kNOwing - When you KNOW your priorities, saying NO when you need to becomes much easier.
Maximizing the Connection
PERSONAL GROWTH and RELATIONSHIP BUILDING
A self-paced, independent study for individuals interested in personal development. MTC includes:
8 Audio Tutorials
Access to Live Legacy Builder Videos in the Maximizing the Connection (MTC)
Online FB Community
Relationship Strategy Sessions w/ Eugene & Andrea - $94 for 45min
Make, Maintain & MAXIMIZE
Who is Maximizing the CONNECTION for?
If you desire to improve relationships - with friends, co-workers, and/or family members - Maximizing the Connection is for you!
There are some aspects of relationships that are universal and skills that will help you navigate your interactions with others, no matter who you are trying to relate to. Maximizing the Connection lessons provide the soft skills necessary to help you navigate ALL of your relationships a little bit better.
If you are single - unattached, coming out of a relationship, or desiring to prepare for relationship - Maximizing the Connection is for you!
The skills presented in Maximizing the Connection are useful for any meaningful relationship in your life. It is designed to help you plan for the future with a significant other, while appreciating the season you are in.
If you are currently in a relationship - married, engaged, committed, or dating - Maximizing the Connection is for you, too!
There are many aspects of relationships that require both partners to engage together to influence various dynamics of the relationship. However, there is always room in a relationship for individual growth as the relationship grows. Maximizing the Connection will allow you to consider ways to build up your relationship by considering personal changes you can make in the way that you interact with your partner. The lessons will suggest ways you can influence your interactions by working to empower yourself in your relationship.
Get the eBooklets revised from Dr. Andrea's book:
Soul Soil The Good, the Bad, and the DIRT that Makes Up RELATIONSHIPS
What could you do with some dirt and a few seeds? That depends on what and where you are planting. SOUL SOIL explores this topic as it relates to relationships and uncovers the benefits of YOUR PLANTER in our interactions with others. You will never look at relationships the same way again...
o Learn about personality styles and how they can influence your perspectives and behavior.
o Find out about your individual strengths and consider how they can become character flaws.
o Gain insight into ways of navigating new and changing relationships.
o Discover ways to make changes in YOU that can positively influence your relationships with others.
"The most significant CHANGE you can make in your life and relationships is YOU!"
~ Dr. Andrea Little Mason
Are You Ready to Unleash
YOUR POWER COUPLE STATUS?
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POWER COUPLE Mentoring
Release the Struggle with
Traditional Relationship Expectations!
Know Your Roles, Grow Your Goals,
and Manifest Your Shared Vision!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Power Couple Mentoring is designed to equip couples with blueprints, tools, and skills to transform themselves from discontented to satisfied, and from stagnant to dynamic Power Couples who achieve #RelationshipGoals to meet their unique couple styles.
We trust that if the prospect of being a Power Couple appeals to you then you are a couple with a capacity for vision and you know what you desire to see manifest in your life. Power Couple Mentoring is designed with your unique couple dynamics in mind.
TAKE THE POWER COUPLE QUIZ!
TAKE THE POWER COUPLE QUIZ!
CLICK HERE to find out what POWER COUPLE STYLE best suits you with this quick, simple quiz!
Are your traditional, non-traditional, or a mixture of the two? Could the man cook the meals? Should the woman be the primary caretaker of children? Could she make more money than the man or be the primary bread winner for the household? Is it important that decisions be made together? Find out how your preferences may affect your relationships.
There is a difference between wanting to be a Power Couple and being a Power Couple. Are you the kind of couple that wants to move beyond admiring other couples to become the Power Couple of YOUR dreams? Being a Power Couple is not about being a couple that receives attention and accolades because of wealth, power, or fame. It is about connection and being a couple in partnership that knows how to walk together in mutual respect and agreement, with accountability, toward your personal and collective goals. Becoming a Power Couple is an attainable #RelationshipGoal IF you are both committed to that end.
This is the ONLY Couples Course purposed to help you build your Power Couple status by providing tools for managing agreement, skills to maintain respectful interactions, and customized Power Couple Blueprints to support your unique partnership, along with the guidance needed to propel you toward YOUR #RelationshipGoals.
Move from Stagnant to Dynamic...
Take Hold of YOUR POWER COUPLE STATUS
and Manifest Your #RelationshipGoals!
If you are still reading up tp this point, we believe that something that you have read resonates with you and you already have a vision for your relationship where you see yourselves… and you see yourselves as dynamic, influential people in your world, but you DO NOT know the path to get there. You are doing all you know to do with the information you have been given to manifest the vision you have as a couple, still the end results are usually more disagreements and disappointments.
It isn’t your fault. While there are clear roles and expectations for more traditional couples, there is no model for your unique relationship dynamics. You are most likely not a traditional couple and you have stepped outside the box and, in many ways, are 'doing your own thing' and trying to figure things out. But unlike some other couples, your relationship roles do not fit neatly and that creates some conflicts in your relationship.
There is a lot of advice for couples who desire to function in traditional male and female roles, however, there are few resources for those who take a more contemporary approach to relationships. Perhaps you are a free thinker with non-conformist thoughts about how you want your relationship to look. Or perhaps you desire to have a different type of relationship than what you saw growing up.
If you can identify with any of these ideas, the thought of being a Power Couple probably resonates with you as well - a couple with two people who are as equally talented and gifted as individuals as they are as a couple, where they combine their “super powers” to manifest great things and achieve their #RelationshipGoals.
It can be frustrating though. We understand… and we FEEL you. Why? Because we have been there.
We know what it’s like to not know how to walk in agreement.
We know how challenging it is to find common ground.
We understand how tough it can be to see beyond the differences.
AND we have experienced the satisfaction of working as a
team to accomplish greater #RelationshipGoals.
We made a decision to commit to our relationship and the work we needed to do to accomplish our #RelationshipGoals, so that we could become the couple we desired to be and stand on the other side of the struggle as witnesses to the journey... cheering you on and telling you that YOU CAN DO IT, TOO!
While we are grateful for the #RelationshipGoals we have achieved as a couple, the journey has not been easy. From the beginning of our friendship more than 25 years ago, we have strived to maintain a relationship that allowed us to continue to grow as individuals and also friends.
We were college sweethearts at Tuskegee University. When we met, one of us (Eugene) was an Architect major and the other (Andrea) was an Electrical Engineering & Mathematics major. We entered our friendship with the understanding that we both had big dreams for the future. As we grew in relationship, we began to envision ways that we could play a part in each other’s dreams and collaborate to do some amazing things together, but that was easier to dream about than it was to walk out as a couple.
Immediately after marriage, we began to receive (sometimes unsolicited) advice about what we needed to do in order to be the best husband and wife for each other. Any relationship challenges we expressed were presumed to be the result of NOT functioning in our relationship in certain roles. When we mentioned how one of us was in school or the other had a hectic schedule, the focus was brought back to traditional expectations and how fulfilling our proper roles was the solution to put everything “in order”. Eventually, we realized that we would need to be more intentional about finding our answers.
We committed ourselves to attending as many marriage conferences and workshops as possible. We learned a lot about principles of communication and conflict resolution strategies that were foundational to lasting relationships.
Yet most came from a traditional context where success was based on each partner’s ability to fulfill predetermined gender roles. Our personal experiences were much different than what was being presented to us about the roles of men and women in relationships. We also noticed that many of the African American relationships that we admired focused less on gender roles (Who's the Man?) and more on working in partnership and building on each other's strengths. That approach felt more natural for us.
We used characteristics of successful Black couples as our models. We found that, unlike the traditional model of relationships presented in the majority of culture, the models followed by African American couples who had satisfying relationships were more diverse. After many years of trial and error in our own relationship, we began to work on our own relationship curriculum based on what we had learned through research, relationship education courses, our lived experiences and our developing expertise.
One major difference in our coursework continues to be our emphasis on including experiences of couples with non-traditional roles. As a coach and an educator, we felt confident that we could create a course that would allow modern couples to find more success in their traditional and/or less traditional relationships, and WE WERE RIGHT.
Over the past decade, we continued to explore our own relationship while also working with other individuals, couples and families and conducting research about relationship education. Although the research and practices of successful African American Couples are the foundation of Power Couple Mentoring, the principles are effective for couples of all backgrounds who find themselves challenged to navigate modern relationships in the face of traditional expectations. Power Couple Mentoring combines all of our education, experiences and expertise into a one package for other “couples like us.”
"We can do more together than we can do apart."
Eugene and Andrea
Eugene & Andrea's STORY
When we say other “couples like us,” we mean, couples that do not easily fit into traditional expectations or simply desire to do something unique in their relationships. We understand that couples that do not fit neatly into traditional roles can have a harder time trying to figure out how to build a strong partnership. We also realize that these couples, couples like YOU, are often very driven to thrive as partners in their relationships to reach their #RelationshipGoals… and often they desire to be POWER COUPLES.
WhaT is a Power Couple?
POWER COUPLE is a description of couples who work in partnership and agreement with mutual respect and accountability. These couples have had personal accomplishments as individuals, but are even more dynamic as a team in partnership.
WhY is it important?
It is important to know your Power Couple Style because it has become increasingly more challenging to manage relationships with gender roles. When you know more about Power Couple dimensions you can navigate your challenges more effectively to achieve your #RelationshipGoals. Take the POWER COUPLE QUIZ to find out more.
The term Power Couple is a description people often use to describe us. This is what OUR power couple accomplishments have looked like throughout our complex partnership.