"Espoused values"are ones that we think we should have. "Operational values" are the ones really working in our lives. Sometimes there's a huge gap between the two. The Leader's Guide to Storytelling, P. 132.
I've always assumed, maybe like many, our nation is a nation of entrepreneurs. Our forefathers came here for the freedom to create their brand of religious, political and/or financial vision. That drive, with that diversity of ideas and peoples, and the freedom to pursue our dreams created a robust economy. An entrepreneurial economy, at heart.
But that may be a sentimental illusion now.
Look at the graph below.
John Schmitt and Nathan Lane, Center for Economic and Policy Research.
As a nation of entrepreneurs, we now rank...20th among industrial nations. Gasp! We rank behind the following bastions of espoused* socialist worker values and healthcare systems in France (France!), Switzerland, Sweden(?), Denmark, Germany, Italy (Italy!). Greece is the number one entrepreneurial nation with over 1/3 of their nation, self-employed.
1. self-employment and small-business employment may be a less important indicator of entrepreneurship...
I think they are generous to the point of being disingenuous. What other metric would better measure entrepreneurial activity than self-employment and small-business employment?
2. United States has something to learn from the experience of other advanced economies...
Clearly, these other economies do things differently. Their results are different from ours, too. Think there's a connection? Yeah, me too.
What can we learn from these other economies? Maybe, it's time we asked.
It is important we ask for several reasons:
1. We need new jobs to drive us out of this recession. Small business, startups and entrepreneurs, create these new jobs. A more robust entrepreneurial community would drive a more robust recovery. What if we moved from 20th on this list with 7.2% of our population self-employed to...say tie with Austria with 14.4% self-employed?
2. We have enough hypocrisy and distrust. [Countries] where executives purport to have certain values but don't consistently act on the values they profess end up with espoused values. The hypocrisy involved in espousing values that are not acted upon generates significant distrust. The Leader's Guide to Storytelling,P. 132.
Do we need more hypocrisy and distrust? If you hesitate, then Google the term Town Hall Meeting.
* espoused socialist. That's a tongue-in-cheek reference to all the nonsense now in the debate about national or universal healthcare systems and those countries that offer it.
Link from Economix Blog.