Shifting Paradigms to Building Global Change

JoAnn Rolle, Ph.d.,
2 min readApr 9, 2020

Book Review

Born to Build: How to build a thriving Startup, A winning Team, New Customers and Your Best Life Imaginable by Jim Clifton and Sangeeta Badal, Ph.d.

I was given an advance reading copy of Clifton & Badal’s new book “Born to Build.” Entrepreneurship is probably my most passionate intellectual stimuli so I am not sure of why it took me weeks to pick up the book and read it. Once I picked the book up — I could not put it down. After reading the book, I think I was not ready for the shift in focus of systemic economic change from anything other than the entrepreneurial process.

What the book delivered was an inclusive framework that expands the entrepreneurial effort and impact outside of the traditional profile. Builders can be entrepreneurs but they can also be others with the passion, perseverance, drive, skill, and experience to evoke meaningful and systemic change.

My favorite quote came from the first few pages of the book,

Successful Builders proactively develop behaviors that empower them to anticipate problems,overcome adversity, recognize opportunites, organize resources and take action to build something.

Literally, the first half of the book outlines the author’s four keys Not surprisingly the first and probably most important is self-awareness; followed by recognizing opportunities; activating ideas; and building teams. In workbook style, the authors deliver strategies to develop the four keys

If you are familiar with Gallup’s research and analyses on categorizing entrepreneurial talent, you will be familiar with the ten talents of successful builders in the last half of the book. The ten talents are Confidence, Delegator, Determination, Disruptor, Independence, Knowledge, Profitability, Relationship, Risk, and Selling.

The book also provides an appendix with additional resources on the data, research, analyses, and findings to validate many of the author’s statements. While there was much interesting material in the book, being the avid “disruptor” that I am — I was looking for more. Many inner cities are being recast in demographics through gentrification and re-distribution of resources. Where are the “builders” that will help change the global distribution of wealth — or will the 8 men in the world who own 50% of the global wealth continue to grow and the rest of us continue to survive on what is left?

This book is a great tool and beginning for individuals but we need more thought leadership on the glut and global excess intellectual capacity being created by academic institutions and lack of capacity or demand by industry. Are we really becoming a worldwide gig economy?

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JoAnn Rolle, Ph.d.,

JoAnn Rolle, Ph.D., Dean of Business at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York (CUNY) is an economist and international keynote speaker.