"If you have the wrong premises, the more you lead, the worse you make the place."
That's how Gallup's Chairman and CEO, Jim Clifton, led off his address to the National Governor's Association this weekend, explaining why Gallup's founder George Gallup put his energy into uncovering the will of the people.
Clifton told the nation's governors that the new will of America is to have a good job. He went on to say that, in order to provide good jobs, states need to help train entrepreneurs to grow.
Specifically, he said there are 1.5 million small businesses that could create enough GDP to push the U.S. economy forward if leaders put the right engineering systems and policies in place.
"I think we're making a very big mistake betting all of our money on innovation," Clifton said."When we're trying to create jobs . . . the most valuable part of it is the business model and the entrepreneur that can fire it."
Clifton said the U.S. likely has an oversupply of invention at the moment, and that what leaders need to do is focus on the intellectual development of entrepreneurs, so that innovators find customers.
Watch the complete speech here.
Clifton's comments were based on Gallup's behavioral economic research and the work Gallup does with its Entrepreneur Acceleration System. You can learn more here and in these articles:
- The All-Out War for Good Jobs
- Why Entrepreneurs Matter More Than Innovators
- High-Energy Workplaces Can Save America
- U.S. Students' Entrepreneurial Energy Waiting to Be Tapped
- Mentor Support Key to Starting a Business
or participant in Gallup's Entrepreneurship Acceleration System, call us at 202-715-3030 or email EAS_Help@gallup.com. Labels: entrepreneurship, job creation, leadership