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Friday, August 29, 2014

Inc.: Inside the Mind of the Entrepreneur

Groundbreaking new research shows what sets Inc. 500 CEOs apart from the pack.
Gallup was pleased to take part in some exciting new research in partnership with Inc. magazine to offer Gallup’s Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder assessment to the latest cadre of America’s fastest-growing private companies. A few excerpts from an in-depth article that appears in the September 2014 issue are below. We invite you to read the full text of the article on the Inc. website. In addition, Inc. profiled 10 successful entrepreneurs from the 2014 Inc. 500 who each are the best of the best in one of the 10 talents. Read their stories.
Imagine the U.S. economy as a somber, gray landscape. Now scan it with a thermal imaging device. See those vibrant green lights indicating heat? That's the Inc. 500.
We invited our 2014 Inc. 500 leaders to complete the Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder assessment. One hundred fifty-five did so. Gallup then compared the results with those from a national sample of close to 2,700 entrepreneurs. In every dimension, the Inc. 500 leaders scored higher. In some cases, Everest-versus-Rushmore higher.
Gallup's chairman and CEO, Jim Clifton, contends that the United States invests too much attention and too many resources in innovation, and not enough in "the real source of economic energy, which is the unusually talented entrepreneur who is able to create a customer." He thinks the assessment can help identify people with entrepreneurial strengths so they can be encouraged and developed. That the assessment clocked the country's highest-performing entrepreneurs as the country's most talented entrepreneurs suggests he may be right.


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