Executive Decision

What's It Like?

Researching small-business owners is one thing, but actually living the entrepreneurial life is something else entirely. We were curious to see how closely the leadership style analysis conducted by Foster City, California, Hagberg Consulting Group compared to real entrepreneurs.

Consider, for example, Jodi Levy. As founder of 4-year-old Healing Hands Inc., a New York City holistic wellness company, Levy admits having her share of difficulty with delegating--a common Hagberg-identified hurdle for young entrepreneurs. "That's something I'm working on," says Levy, 30. "That's my biggest weakness."

Thirty-four-year-old Rod Rougelot, who co-founded Recycling Resource in San Francisco when he was 28, has also battled delegation demons. "If I could deliver service to every one of [my customers] on my own, I would," says Rougelot. "But by the nature of our business, I have to delegate, and it's uncomfortable."

Not so uncomfortable for Rougelot--at least not anymore--is the decision-making process. "I make decisions much more quickly than I used to," observes Rougelot, whose recycling company now boasts 85 employees and 29 sites throughout Northern California.

Echoes Levy, "I tend to make things happen quickly." Incidentally, that also echoes Hagberg's entrepreneurial profile.

Contact Sources

Hagberg Consulting Group, (650) 377-0232, http://www.hcgnet.com

Healing Hands Inc., 969 Third Ave., 4th Fl., New York, NY 10022, (888) HEAL-999

Recycling Resource, 3001 19th St., San Francisco, CA 94110, http://www.recyclingresource.com

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This article was originally published in the June 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Executive Decision.

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