Entrepreneur coaches’ flow and well-being: the role of recovery

Lisa LaRue*, Anne Mäkikangas, Jessica de Bloom

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Entrepreneur coaches face increased well-being challenges due to their demanding roles. However, they also often report experiencing flow–an immersive, enjoyable state of intense focus that positively affects well-being. In this qualitative study of 20 self-employed career, executive, health, leadership, and life coaches, we aimed to understand entrepreneur coaches’ experience of flow and relationships with recovery at work. We found that recovery was important for entering flow and coaches actively scheduled recovery activities, such as regular breaks, to support recovery and to enter and sustain flow. These findings contribute to research on how the interplay between flow and recovery can contribute to the well-being and sustainable working lives of entrepreneur coaches.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25-Mar-2024


  • coaches
  • entrepreneurs
  • Flow
  • psychological detachment
  • well-being
  • work recovery

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