Strengths Coaching Blog

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Builder Talent in Action: Will This Disruptor Solve America’s Job Problems?

By Jessica Buono

Have you ever heard of a job factory?

You will soon. 


Jason Walker will change the world. He can’t help but take ideas and transform them into something valuable. He continuously seeks out and discovers novel solutions and new paths that anticipate the needs of communities, businesses and customers. 

Jason pushes beyond boundaries in ways that others would never imagine, and he’s good at it.

You see, Jason is a Disruptor. And job factories and corporate venture factories are his latest disruptions.

Jason created a venture factory for the construction company he works for, EMJ Corporation. EMJ Venture Factory is an innovation hub, an incubator and an accelerator — and the first of its kind in the construction industry. 

The EMJ Venture Factory offers a way for EMJ and other architecture, engineering, and construction businesses to continually improve and increase the value they create for their customers by innovating from within. It also helps startups to launch by shepherding ideas from concept to completion — without the usual barriers that waste time and money. 

When EMJ leadership asked Jason to start work on this concept, the first thing he did was seek out an operating system or software platform that could help them bring business ideas to fruition. He couldn’t find one, so he did what came naturally — he disrupted. Jason and his team created their own SaaS software and founded C2C Labs, the initial process and technology pieces needed to start a venture factory. But they were still missing the biggest component: people talent. 

How can you identify talented people who have the grit to launch a business plan? 

Jason was familiar with CliftonStrengths and quickly found Gallup’s Builder Profile 10 (BP10) assessment. The BP10 pinpoints people with the raw talent, decision-making tendencies and ability to launch new products or ideas into market — C2C Labs had found their final component to create a venture factory.

The C2C Venture Factory provided the overall solution for creating, delivering and capturing value from innovation; it married innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Today, the waves of Jason’s disruption are spreading. And according to many, they need to spread for the sake of the U.S. economy.

In Gallup’s book Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder, Gallup CEO Jim Clifton writes,
“Here’s what leaders need to know: Jobs and GDP growth do not predictably follow innovation. Jobs and GDP growth do predictably follow entrepreneurship. Put another way: Entrepreneurs create customers. And customers, in turn, create jobs and economic growth.”
What if U.S. cities jumped on this concept? What if we cultivated entrepreneurial talent, just like we do athletic talent, to create jobs?

How about this — a place where people can go to turn their ideas into new ventures. A launch control center where innovators and entrepreneurs alike can find a mentor or a coach, someone to help them discover and use their natural talents to make a business, to change the world. A community of people who co-live, co-work and co-create. Where they bump into each other, they collaborate. They become partners and powers of two or three. They commit to struggling through the early stages of innovation and entrepreneurship together; they encourage each other. 

Imagine a job factory. In your city. In every city. 

This could change a lot, and perhaps it’s not far from happening. 

Jason Walker is proposing a job factory in America’s 11th-largest city, Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville is home to One Spark, a two-day festival featuring the brightest new ideas in technology, health, education, social good and more. But the city wants more than just a few days of innovation per year — they want a strategy that fans the flame all year long. Jacksonville needs an infrastructure platform that will empower their entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem to scale and unleash the latent talent in their city to grow their economy.

A job factory provides the infrastructure platform to do this. And Gallup’s BP10 identifies individuals in Jacksonville who are capable and driven enough to act, build, create and sell — based on raw talent. C2C provides the process, technology and human capital to make it happen.

Jason is disrupting the status quo.

Disruption by its very nature can be difficult to embrace at first. But some of our best products, industries and communities are the result of the talent to think beyond what others consider possible. If you are a civic leader, an education leader or a business leader, and you agree, the world needs you now more than ever.  

Discover how to use your natural talents to be a successful builder with Gallup's BP10 assessment


Jason Walker is the Vice President of innovation for EMJ Corporation, a construction development company. He is also the founder of C2C labs, a consulting firm that helps organizations increase their innovation. C2C began as Jason's "disruption" while working at EMJ corporation. C2C developed a software technology that takes innovation and startups from concept to completion.  Jason's twitter handle is: @jasonBwalker

Jason’s top 5 strengths are: Activator | Strategic | Woo | Self-Assurance | Ideation

Jason's top 4 BP10 talents are: Disruptor | Confidence | Selling | Relationship  

Jessica Buono is a copywriter at Gallup. She received her bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma. 

Jessica's top 5 strengths are: Individualization | Activator | Strategic | Woo | Learner. 


Registration is now open for the 2018 CliftonStrengths Summit! Register today to take advantage of early bird pricing.

No comments :

Search This Blog for Coaching Topics