Encourage Your Spouse – Adding More Value To You

EncourageYourSpouse-logoChange is good. This applies to both marriage and those who write about it.

Lori and I want to add more value to you. So we’re combining forces.

If you didn’t already know, Lori has been writing about marriage for many years now over at Encourage Your Spouse. Now we’ve decided to make it a team effort!

Starting today, all marriage-related articles will be posted on EncourageYourSpouse.com. Going forward, these will be written by both of us.

To ensure you receive full value from our joint efforts, we’ll be adding all current subscribers of this blog to the list of subscribers at Encourage Your Spouse. There is nothing you need to do.

Here on FergusonValues, I will continue to post articles about values in business.

Also, in the coming weeks, you’ll notice some changes to the look and feel of this website. When it’s completed, I’d love to hear your feedback.

For now, here’s a portion of a post I wrote about marriage for Encourage Your Spouse. Be sure to click to read the rest of it



P.S. We will continue posting articles about leadership over at LeadershipCouples.com



7 Ways To Build Strength Into Your Marriage

7-Ways-To-Build-Strength-In-Your-Marriage“Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”

That’s a powerful statement, applicable to marriages. It’s especially important to newly married couples. A newly married couple looking at another couple married 30 years might think,

“Wow, look how they work together, it’s like they know each other’s thoughts. We’ll never have that.”

Or more likely, the newly married man or woman considers what their spouse is NOT doing, the way the older married couple might seem to automatically just respond or do things for each other.

This is dangerous thinking.

Why? Because it ignores the process of building strength into a marriage.


To read the rest of this article, click EncourageYourSpouse.


Values Quotes – William Cowper on Variety

Welcome to Values Quotes. I’m Robert Ferguson. Today’s quote is from William Cowper, an English poet and writer of hymns from the 16th century. A well-known quote from Cowper is: “Variety’s the spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavor.” You likely know the shortened version: “Variety is the spice of life.” But both…

Do You Experience Healthy Teamwork?

This post was written for Leadership Couples. As Teamwork is an important value in marketing, leadership and marriage, I’ve included it here. Enjoy! Reading Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business, the following statement really caught my attention: “Some leaders of teams that don’t regularly succeed will insist that they…

10 Behaviors Expected From An Inspiring Culture

Many businesses claim to produce innovative products or creative solutions. But what’s it like to work there? Some companies are known as “sweatshops.” This is common term used in service-based businesses, such as law firms, accounting practices, and advertising agencies. They hire young, bright talent, eager to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Then after a…

5 Ways to Build A Durable Marriage

I remember watching the Royal Wedding on TV in 1981. Prince Charles and Princes Diana were getting married. It looked like a match made in heaven. This beautiful couple would live happily ever after…. (or so I thought). Of course, today we know better. It was neither a happy marriage nor one that would last….

Innovation vs. Ingenuity as Core Values. Is there a difference?

Why do some companies embrace Innovation as a core value while others embrace Ingenuity?  Is there a difference? Let’s first consider the meaning of these two values. Innovation = introducing something new; invention; advanced or ahead of the times. Ingenuity = ability to solve difficult problems; the power of creative imagination. Innovation is more about…

Where Do You Start?

This is a reprint of a post from Leadership Couples, written by my wife, Lori. I’m posting this here because I feel it contains some awesome insights on how to lead forward from whatever spot you find yourself in right now  – in business, in ministry, and in marriage. Enjoy!     What if it’s way…

What Does Health Really Mean In ‘Health & Safety’?

A common value included in the list of many corporate values is ‘Health and Safety’. This is particularly prevalent at companies within the energy and oil & gas industries. But why is the value of Health combined with the value of Safety? In my research of Fortune 500 companies, I did not find one occurrence…

Busting the Myth of Family Values

When referencing values, one of the most overly used terms is “Family Values”. Politicians often reference it as something they need to protect. Pastors may reference it as something sacred. Media delight in referencing it as something old fashioned. But here’s the thing. There is no such thing as family values. Now… before you choose…

A Real Test of Values at TESCO

The days of corporate scandals never seem to end. According to The Guardian, the world’s second-largest supermarket chain – Tesco PLC – has suspended four executives and launched an accounting investigation after admitting that its half-year profit was overstated by £250 million (approx. US $410 million). As of the end of day (Sept. 22, 2014),…

I write about differentiating values and their impact on leadership, marketing, and marriage - focused on couples in business together. Read more about Robert.