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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595620826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595620828
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who has the most talent for building and sustaining a business?

How can we find these people who are so crucial to the future of the American and global economies?

What are the personality characteristics and behaviors that lead to business building and success?

Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder delves into the psychology of the entrepreneur. Gallup research shows that decisions and actions, influenced by the personality of the entrepreneur, affect the survival and growth of any venture.

Building on the runaway success of StrengthsFinder 2.0, which has sold more than 4 million copies, Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder focuses on the world’s rare business builders — and what drives them to start, sustain, and grow a successful company.

In the book, Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton, author of The Coming Jobs War, trumpets the essential role entrepreneurs play in reviving the American and global economies. And Sangeeta Bharadwaj Badal, Ph.D., primary researcher for Gallup’s Entrepreneurship and Job Creation initiative, spells out the 10 talents of successful entrepreneurs.

The book includes strategies and action items for building successful ventures. It also features an online test that measures readers’ entrepreneurial potential.

Written for mentors and coaches of entrepreneurs — and for investors and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow a business — Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder helps readers find, engage, and develop the unsung heroes of the global economy.

About the Author

Jim Clifton is Chairman and CEO of Gallup and author of The Coming Jobs War. His most recent innovation, the Gallup World Poll, is designed to give the world’s 7 billion citizens a voice in virtually all key global issues. Under Clifton’s leadership, Gallup has expanded from a predominantly U.S.-based company to a worldwide organization with 40 offices in 30 countries and regions. Clifton is also the creator of The Gallup Path, a metric-based economic model that establishes the linkages among human nature in the workplace, customer engagement, and business outcomes. This model is used in performance management systems in more than 500 companies worldwide.

Sangeeta Bharadwaj Badal, Ph.D., is the primary researcher for Gallup’s Entrepreneurship and Job Creation initiative. Dr. Badal is responsible for translating research findings into interventions that drive small-business growth. Her research has appeared in the Gallup Business Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post. Dr. Badal has worked with many profit and nonprofit organizations on issues related to employee engagement, talent, performance management, and gender issues in workplace. She is the author of the book Gender, Social Structure and Empowerment: Status Report of Women in India, which analyzes the complex and multilayered processes that affect women’s position in India. Dr. Badal earned her doctorate in anthropology and geography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

Customer Reviews

Worth the month.
Stanislaus Martins
"Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder," like "Strengths-Finder 2.0," provides a unique access code for the reader to take the "Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder Assessment."
Thomas M. Loarie
It will help you realize how important entrepreneurs are.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Loarie VINE VOICE on November 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Author and CEO of Gallup Jim Clifton knows a `thing or two' about global trends and America's urgent need to create jobs. His "The Coming Jobs War" was published in 2011 (Amazon.com) and in it, he highlights the growing competition for jobs...as global GDP grows from $60 trillion to $200 trillion over the next 25 years. He questions whether or not we will win the coming jobs war, "The whole country is having its own dead-wrong moment and it is making everything worse. We have misdiagnosed the cause and effect of economic growth, and the cause-and-effect of job creation." The result - the U.S. now rates 12th globally in start-up activity and the deaths of U.S businesses now outnumber the births.

In "Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder," Clifton argues (and I agree) that both the public and private sectors have made some dead wrong assumptions about job creation by putting their bets on innovation, and have put the cart before the horse. Clifton notes that we have plenty of innovation but not enough entrepreneurs. Jobs are not created by the thinkers, innovators, but by the doers, entrepreneurs. It is the workhorse in job creation. Innovation is the cart.

Unfortunately, we have several problems with entrepreneurship. It is not systemically built into our culture the way innovation and intellectual development are. If you possess star "business builder" brilliance, you will likely be overlooked in America. Innovation not entrepreneurship is where the bets are being made. Secondly, Washington has proven incompetent in job creation and needs to exit center-stage left, leaving job creation to cities and/or entrepreneurial clusters. Last but not least, identifying entrepreneurs is similar to finding a needle in haystack.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John W. Pearson VINE VOICE on October 17, 2014
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Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, is quoted in this book:

"If you double the number of experiments you do per year, you're going to double your inventiveness. The thing about inventing is you have to be both stubborn and flexible, more or less simultaneously. If you're not stubborn, you'll give up on experiments too soon. And if you're not flexible, you'll pound your head against the wall and you won't see a different solution to a problem you're trying to solve."

That's from the nine-page color commentary on "Creative Thinker," one of the 10 talents of successful entrepreneurs according to the hot-off-the-press book/assessment from Gallup, the creators of the international bestseller, StrengthsFinder 2.0.

This new book and 25-minute online assessment, "Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder," measures 10 talents, or drivers of entrepreneurial success. "The degree of your natural ability in each of the 10 talents will determine where you will be successful and where you will fall short in your entrepreneurial journey."

Co-authors Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup, and Sangeeta Bharadwaj Badal, Ph.D., say their research reveals that "only about 5 in 1,000 people have the aptitude for starting and growing a business. In comparison, 20 in 1,000 have IQs high enough to be accepted into Mensa." (My assumption: if you're reading this review, you're a Mensa member, right?)

Over the years of guilting leaders and managers into reading books, I've probably gone overboard on entrepreneurship books, like
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jonny56201 on October 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The value in this new release is not necessarily the book itself, although the strong positive message of the critical importance of local small-business Entrepreneurial activity is spot-on. The true value comes from the research that backs up the new assessment that comes with the purchase. The book establishes a language to help people identify the critical areas of business in which they are personally talented (e.g. Creative Thinker, Delegator, Promoter) and which they are not particularly drawn to. Boiling the breadth of business acumen down to 10 primary areas of expertise is a huge step for Gallup in helping businesses practically apply their Strengths research.

So you take the assessment and then the idea is to focus on your areas of expertise and lean on others to shore up the critical areas of business that you are no good at. It certainly makes sense, but it's amazing how many people in leadership positions feel like they have to take on the full burden of every challenge. By defining these areas of focus and self-assessing interest and ability, individuals are offered the relief of accepting that they don't have to be all things to all people - and for leadership that can be very freeing. It can also allow others to take on more responsibility and more fully engage in their role.

This was a difficult assessment for me to take, as many of the "choose one" questions are almost too close to call as which one "best fit me". I also found that the final 2/3rd of the assessment was tricky to answer accurately/honestly in a very short amount of time (20 seconds a question). As with all self-assessments, they are only valuable if you are as honest and accurate as possible (garbage-in-garbage-out etc).
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