Theory E²: Working with Entrepreneurs in Closely -Held Enterprises–IV. The Entrepreneur in Action

Theory E²: Working with Entrepreneurs in Closely -Held Enterprises–IV. The Entrepreneur in Action

Similarly, the nature of a task or the processes of decision-making in the enterprise may change. Decision-makers must shift gears when entering varying situations. If they are effective, however, decision-makers will also influence these situations. As a result, decision-makers may be forced to shift roles precisely because they have helped to bring about a change in context. This is a give-and-take process that requires guidelines regarding the contexts in which each of the four styles is most (and least) appropriate. We offer some preliminary ideas regarding these guidelines and suggest that executive coaching often focuses on these guidelines. A thoughtful and reflective entrepreneur can readily identify her own preferred style. She can also identify one or more of the strengths associated with each of the four styles, particularly as these strengths are used in an appropriate or inappropriate manner by this decision-maker in the multiple contexts in which she finds herself every day in her closely-held enterprise.

 

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William BergquistWilliam Bergquist, Ph.D. An international coach and consultant in the fields of psychology, management and public administration, author of more than 50 books, and president of a psychology institute. Dr. Bergquist consults on and writes about personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. His published work ranges from the personal transitions of men and women in their 50s and the struggles of men and women in recovering from strokes to the experiences of freedom among the men and women of Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In recent years, Bergquist has focused on the processes of organizational coaching. He is coauthor with Agnes Mura of coachbook, co-founder of the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations and co-founder of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations.

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