Aligning personal and entrepreneurial vision for success: The entrepreneur counseling model of the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship

Deborah Hurst, Shelley Macdougall, Chris Pelham

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Abstract

Purpose While there is no definitive profile of the successful entrepreneur or prescribed pathway for success, research suggests that individuals who proactively accommodate factors that push and pull them into entrepreneurship, align their personal and entrepreneurial visions, and to some extent, build emotional intelligence (EQ), are more likely to succeed. This paper aims to describe an entrepreneur counseling process developed and used by the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship (ACSBE), located in Nova Scotia, Canada. Design/methodology/approach The authors propose an entrepreneur's success, negotiation of push and pull factors, and EQ are all linked, and the ACSBE counseling model draws on these. The case study method was used. ACSBE staffs were interviewed regarding the entrepreneur counseling process, counselortraining sessions were observed and documents were reviewed. Two ACSBE clients, who together started a successful fairtrade business, were interviewed for their insights regarding the ACSBE counseling model and their own experiences starting their business. Findings The responses of the ACSBE clients illustrate a successful application of the ACSBE Entrepreneurial Decision Making Cycle

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-386
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct. 2008

Keywords

  • Business formation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Performance counselling

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