“Where’s the big idea? That’s the question. Where’s the big idea that’s missing from government and the public discourse? …That big idea that I crave so ardently that’s missing is the one that holds every successful institution together – religious, political, or commercial. It’s the thing that holds families together and it’s missing… [It’s] the big idea that policies should be based in the concept that you encourage and positively reinforce the behavior that you wish to encourage…If you want people to think like Americans and not like a bunch of separate people, reinforce that.”
Steve Wynn, Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, has made his name and success because of his big ideas. He’s created resorts with attractions and features that no one had ever attempted before. In fact, Forbes just rated his Wynn Hotels in Las Vegas the number one hotels in the world. In this episode, Steve talks about “the big idea” and how to motivate people, whether it’s in business, politics, or culture, to positive outcomes. Steve knows how to motivate his employees so that they provide their guests with the most welcoming and luxurious stay possible. In this segment, he takes what he learned in business and applies it to politics and explains how we should be reinforcing positive public behaviors, like improving education or lowering health care costs.