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Builder Talent: Can a Disruptor Solve U.S. Job Problems?

Builder Talent: Can a Disruptor Solve U.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, universities, 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 are his latest disruption.

Jason created a job factory for the nation's largest construction company, where he was serving as Vice President of Innovation. The A/E/C Job Factory serves as an innovation hub, an incubator and an accelerator -- and the first of its kind in the construction industry.

The A/E/C Job Factory offers a way for the host corporation to collaborate with other architecture, engineering and construction businesses to continually improve and increase the value they create for their customers. Job factories help cities, colleges and companies innovate from within. They help startups to launch by shepherding ideas from concept to scale -- without the usual barriers that waste time and money.

When asked to start work on this concept, the first thing Jason did was seek out critical components for building innovation infrastructure, such as 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 i2 Technology, the initial process and technology pieces needed to start a Job 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 -- i2 Technology had found their final component to create a Job Factory.

The i2 Job 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 innovation 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. i2 Technology's innovation infrastructure software solutions provide 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.

Jason Walker's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Activator, Strategic, Woo, Self-Assurance and Ideation. Jason's Top 4 BP10 Talents are Disruptor, Confidence, Selling, and Relationship.

Learn more about using CliftonStrengths to help yourself and others succeed:


Jessica Buono's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Individualization, Activator, Strategic, Woo and Learner.

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