Theory E²: Working with Entrepreneurs in Closely-Held Enterprises X: Interplay between Entrepreneurship and Organizational Structures and Operations, and Organizational Culture

Theory E²: Working with Entrepreneurs in Closely-Held Enterprises X: Interplay between Entrepreneurship and Organizational Structures and Operations, and Organizational Culture

Commitments tend to be made by members of this culture to interpersonal and group activities. Members are consistently aware of and actively participate in activities that instill, enhance and preserve the self-confidence of all group members; a sense of self-worth is considered central to the successful operation of groups in this culture. Personal risk-taking and learning among all group members is encouraged in this culture. Professional development is considered central to its successful operation.

Inspiring leaders are usually quite compatible with this organizational culture. Inspiring entrepreneurial leaders focus on values and the vision, purposes and personal aspirations that are derived from these values. The inspiring leader in this culture will find enthusiastic support for her concerns about the welfare of employees and the building of community and commitment.

Culture of Ideas

In this culture, there is a strong emphasis on risk-taking and performance. When this culture is working effectively, a climate is established in which employees are inclined to work very hard in accomplishing the convening task. Employees pitch in to assist others who are faced with heavy workloads. Furthermore, employees are fully satisfied with their work only when it yields an exceptional product or service. Quality improvement programs are readily accepted in this type of organizational culture.

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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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