Entrepreneur, Leader, Manager
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
Identifying true entrepreneurial potential in people means understanding the key characteristics that make up entrepreneurs. Bolton and Thompson have developed a FACETS framework (focus, advantage, creativity, ego, team, and social) which have proven to be successful in numerous situations and organizations.
This unique text extends the FACETS framework; bringing entrepreneurship, leadership and management together and thus constituting a new paradigm for management. Introducing FACETS, the authors shed light on the key contributions made by different types of people and breaks with the conventional wisdom hierarchies of follower-leader-manager. The book also includes material on how to use the framework as a base for mentoring and coaching.
This book helps managers/leaders and would-be managers/leaders understand the entrepreneurial dimension to successful management/leadership, and helps entrepreneurs understand their role as managers/leaders. In doing so, it places the three activities (management, leadership, entrepreneurship) on a continuum and demonstrates the interrelationships of the three.
'Bolton and Thompson have again provided a seminal text for those curious about entrepreneurship and their own potential in that area; with a simple but incisive format which extends the scope of analysis to the practicing manager'
Barry Whitehouse, Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Strategy, Wolverhampton University Business School, UK
Bill Bolton is an international consultant in enterprise development and entrepreneurship. He has held a personal UNITWIN (UNESCO) Chair in Innovation and Technology Transfer. He was the Founding Director of the St. John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge and taught engineering at Cambridge University. His other publications include: The University Handbook on Enterprise Development (1997) and jointly with John Thompson, The Entrepreneurs in Focus – achieve your potential (2003)
John Thompson is Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He has also held visiting appointments in Australia, Finland and New Zealand. John has published a number of titles, including the seventh edition of his textbook Strategic Management: Awareness & Change which is soon to be published and he has written a number of journal articles, especially on social entrepreneurship