As the coordinator for a tech company accelerator, Erin has incorporated the EP10 assessment and results into her third week with start-up tech companies. EP10 helps Erin understand her individual clients, but more importantly, it helps her understand the team of entrepreneurs and their dynamics. Erin also said, "By that time, the clients can be stressed so their theme dynamics begin to pop up organically." When those theme dynamics occur, Erin said it was helpful to have a language and framework to understand them. Moreover, EP10 helps entrepreneurs understand their business partners' strengths -- and where they might best contribute to the new company.
Erin has encountered clients who don't, initially, agree with the results of their EP10 assessment. Most of these clients are older and have started a few businesses. Erin explained, "They see themselves as a certain type of entrepreneur." For instance, two co-founders of a successful business were in an EP10 feedback session with Erin. They were upset because the EP10 relationship themes were low on their EP10 reports. They explained defensively, "We met at a networking event!" Erin explained to them that meeting at a networking event demonstrated that they were trying to shore up an entrepreneurial theme that wasn't an innate talent. Once these co-founders understood that they could still be successful entrepreneurs and not have relationship themes at the top of their EP10 reports, they began to infuse EP10 into their partnership.
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