Theory E²: Working with Entrepreneurs in Closely-Held Enterprises–VII. The Thoughtful Entrepreneur

Theory E²: Working with Entrepreneurs in Closely-Held Enterprises–VII. The Thoughtful Entrepreneur

Inspiring and assertive entrepreneurs are also likely to be critical of the thoughtful entrepreneur’s overriding concern for being realistic. Unless some attention is given to the ideal state and to what people really want, rather than just to the current state and what people already have, there will be no incentive to take risks or get on with the job of improving the current state. We can only learn by making mistakes, and the thoughtful entrepreneur is often unwilling to make mistakes, despite his emphasis on learning. The assertive entrepreneur will suggest that an organization only learns by engaging the real world; the inspiring entrepreneur will suggest that an organization only learns when it tries to improve itself and move toward some desired state. There is truth in both these approaches and both offer an important correction to the cautious tendencies of the thoughtful entrepreneur.

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William BergquistWilliam Bergquist, Ph.D. An international coach and consultant, professor in the fields of psychology, management and public administration, author of more than 45 books, and president of a graduate school of psychology. 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. His graduate school (The Professional School of Psychology: www.psychology.edu) offers Master and Doctoral degrees in both clinical and organizational psychology to mature, accomplished adults.

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