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Entrepreneurial Couples: Making it Work at Work and at Home Hardcover – May 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Davies-Black Publishing (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891061150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891061151
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A thoughtful book analyzes the types and styles of couple in business together. -- Family Business, June-August 1998

By emphasizing private and professional life equally, ... offers not only guidance, but also a recipe for success, domestically and professionally. -- Midwest Book Review, September 1998

Provides tools to wield. Valuable insights. --Booklist, May 1, 1998

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A selection of the Doubleday Executive Program Book Club.

"We wish we had had this information thirty years ago when we started our business! We enjoyed the case histories of the people in the book and identified with many of the situations they faced."--Tom and Linda Denchel, co-owners, Tom Denchel Ford Country

"This is one of the first books to tackle the increasingly relevant theme of entrepreneurial couples. All working couples can find something useful in this book to improve the quality of their relationships and increase their productivity in the workplace."--Kjell Rudestam, Ph.D., Associate Dean, The Fielding Institute

"We found Entrepreneurial Couples insightful and encouraging as we celebrated the first anniversary of our decision to turn passion to purpose by becoming the owner, manager, marketing director, and primary staff of our own business."--Jon and Kathy Kolstad, Personal Trust Service

"Entrepreneurial Couples helps the reader understand why problems arise as couples work together and provides useful guidelines for solving them. This book is a must read for any couple who are in business together."--W. Gibb Dyer, Jr., Ph.D., O. Leslie Stone Professor Entrepreneurship, Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie on May 21, 2010
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This review originally appeared on the Boardroom Couple Blog, book was reviewed by my husband: "This book is a must have book whether you already work with your spouse or are planning to start a business with your better half. It's the type of book you want to keep handy, as an ongoing reference and not just as a one time read.

Author Kathy Marshack does a great job at addressing the real challenges entrepreneurial couples face, through a structured approach; first introducing the concepts, then bringing real-life entrepreneurial couple examples from her consulting private practice, and then discussing research studies, recommendations and practical advice relevant to these specific concepts. The author complements this framework with self assessment exercises for the reader to make this book more of an entrepreneur's tool rather than just a read.

For example, in the first chapter Entrepreneurial Couples: Who Are They? she helps us discover the different types of individual entrepreneurs and different types of entrepreneurial couples. So, you will get a better understanding of your own and your spouse's entrepreneurial style. For me, this chapter alone was already an eye opener, because although I live it, I had no one define my entrepreneurial style before.

Then, in chapter two, Integrating Lives: Laying the Groundwork to Balance Love and Work the author goes on to explain our interactions/dialogs with our environment, spouse, parent, child, home life, work life and so on in terms of dialectal psychology; which basically explains how each element or system in our life is affected by every other element and cannot be fully understood independent of those others.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Jane M. Kirkpatrick on June 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Entrepreneurial Couples offers a clinical psychologist's perspective of couples who work in their own businesses together. Dr. Marshack is a respected author and clinical psychologist who specializes in consulting with family businesses. There is no question that Dr. Marshack is erudite and academically accomplished - her intellectual strength comes through on every page. However, I found that the book has several shortcomings that detract from its potential.

My biggest complaint is that much of the book reads more like a graduate student's term paper rather than a practical guide about creating a successful copreneur relationship. The book is filled with discussions on clinical research that are not in the least useful, and most of which are very.... boring.

Here, for example, is a quote from a chapter called "Integrating Lives" that discusses issues about balancing work and family life: "A dialectical interpretation of human development focuses on concrete human beings and their interactions with biological and cultural-sociological shifts and changes. Human development is codetermined by these inner and outer changes. Riegel describes four dimensions of human development: (1) inner-biological, (2) individual-psychological, (3) cultural-sociological, and (4) outer-physical. Whenever two sequences are not synchronized, a crisis takes place, which produces development. If the development is a major reorganization, then the individual has moved into a new stage or period of development. Therefore, development is seen as consisting of continuous changes along several dimensions at the same time." Wow! That sounds really brainy, but it's also very boring, nearly impossible to understand and, ultimately, useless.
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