Gerard Egan

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Gerard Egan (born 1930) is Professor Emeritus of Loyola University of Chicago.[1] He was born in Chicago, Illinois on 17 June 1930,[2] graduated from Loyola Academy, Chicago in June 1948, and from Loyola University, June 1953, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He studied philosophy at West Baden College in Indiana, then a Jesuit seminary linked to Loyola University, and received a Licentiate in Philosophy in June 1955. From September 1966 to June 1967, he taught French and Spanish at St. Ignatius High School, Chicago, and began teaching philosophy at Loyola University in September 1968.[3]

He later served as Professor of Organization Studies and Psychology and Programme Director for Loyola's Centre for Organization Development.

The eleventh edition of his well known book The Skilled Helper was published in 2018. Other books in the fields of counseling and communication include Interpersonal Living, People in Systems (with Michael Cowan), TalkWorks: How to Get More Out of Life Through Better Conversations (with Andrew Bailey), and TalkWorks at Work: How to Become a Better Communicator and Make the Most of Your Career (with Andrew Bailey). The Skilled Helper is considered the most widely used counseling text in the world.[1]

In Egan's Stakeholders in Change model, stakeholders are divided into nine categories reflecting their attitude to the change and the person promoting the change (the "change agent"):

  • Partners
  • Allies
  • Fellow travelers
  • Bedfellows
  • Fence sitters
  • Loose cannons
  • Opponents
  • Adversaries
  • The voiceless [4]

In Egan's work on the "shadow side" of organizations, he defined the shadow side as:

All those things that substantially and consistently affect the productivity and quality of the working life of a business, for better or worse, but which are not found on organisation charts, in company manuals, or in the discussions that take place in formal meetings.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Egan Consultants: The Power of Basics, accessed 6 April 2018
  2. ^ Egan, Gerard; Reese, Robert J. (8 March 2018). The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management and Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping. ISBN 978-1305865716.
  3. ^ Egan G., Life (Introduction to Thesis)
  4. ^ Profex Publishing in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, Procurement and supply relationships (2012), p. 23
  5. ^ Egan, G. (1994), Working the Shadow Side, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass