Career Choice in Management and Entrepreneurship
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Career Choice in Management and Entrepreneurship

A Research Companion

Edited by Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Ayala Malach-Pines

Although a large and steadily growing research literature attests to an interest in management and entrepreneurship, little research has focused on comparative assessment of the career choices and trajectories of managers and entrepreneurs. This timely book fills the gap by presenting an assessment of early influences on the career choice of managers and entrepreneurs, their attitudes at the start of their careers as students, and in their later employment experiences.
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Chapter 7: Entrepreneurs and Managers: A Family Portrait – Family Dynamics, Language and Modes of Effective Dialogue

Orenia Yaffe-Yanai, Dov Yanai and Tamar Milo


7. Entrepreneurs and managers: a family portrait – family dynamics, language and modes of effective dialogue Orenia Yaffe-Yanai, Dov Yanai and Tamar Milo For almost three decades, we helped enterprises make placement and promotion decisions. We also provided career counseling to thousands of individuals at various career stages and in a wide range of vocational spheres. These processes are similar in that one is asked to understand the job requirements, diagnose the individual’s personality, and determine the degree of match between a cluster of job requirements and the individual make-up of skills and personality traits. Whether our client was a public enterprise, a family-owned business, a top-level executive or a young university graduate, the key to a successful placement was the same – finding the best fit between the job requirements (in terms of skills, company culture, industry environment) and the individual’s personality (in terms of energy sources, family dynamics, the role of the individual within his family, childhood wounds and longings). Another source of insights into the complex interrelationships among vocations, personality and family dynamics was our extensive work with individuals, couples and families on their vision, their calling and their career quests. Our work with family-owned businesses over the last decade has given us insight into the conflict-laden interaction between entrepreneurs and managers within the enterprise, as well as some keys to successful conflict resolution dialogues between them. We gradually learned that through the study of family background and family dynamics, we could better identify, understand...

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