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The Coming Jobs Warby Jim Clifton
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In The Coming Jobs War, Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton boldly asserts that job creation and successful entrepreneurship are the worlds most pressing issues, outpacing runaway government spending, environmental degradation, and even the threat of global terrorism.
The book is grounded in findings from Gallups World Poll, which reveals implications of the jobs war on everything from economics to foreign policy to Americas moral authority in the world. And it offers a prescription for attacking the jobs issue head-on. Clifton says the solution to creating good jobs must be found in cities, not the federal government. Promoting entrepreneurship and job creation must be the sole mission and purpose of cities leaders.
Winning the jobs war requires all hands on deck, and failure is not an option, especially for the U.S., which has been the global leader in promoting freedom and entrepreneurship. Americas place in the world is at stake, with other countries poised to surpass a sputtering U.S. economy growing at only 2% annually.
While the statistics are dire, Clifton remains optimistic about Americas ability to win the jobs war. The Coming Jobs War offers a brutally honest look at Americas biggest problem and a cogent prescription for solving it.
"Clifton, the chairman of Gallup and an expert in innovative polling, offers well-articulated arguments covering a variety of statistically relevant data and incorporates thoughtful suggestions regarding how to shore up America's crisis-besieged fiscal practices. In defining the true proportions of the catastrophic dearth of jobs, and presenting the future as a China-driven world economy, he explains classical versus behavior economics and looks at the importance of cities, universities, and individuals as part of the solution. Individuals, he believes, are key, as are high energy workplaces and schools that can produce future entrepreneurs. However, he notes that 'approximately 30% of those students will drop out or fail to graduate on schedule... the rest of the developed world a huge advantage over the United States in the upcoming economic wars.' Clifton deplores foreign ownership of American companies: 'Any time an American company is lost to a foreign company, like Anheuser-Busch to InBev...all American flags should fly at half-staff.' He argues that strong support of entrepreneurship can counter the stagnant GDP. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Drawing on 75 years of Gallup studies and his own perspective as the companys chairman and CEO, Jim Clifton explains why jobs are the new global currency for leaders. More than peace or money or any other good, the business, government, military, city, and village leaders who can create good jobs will own the future.
The problem is that leaders dont know how to create jobs especially in America. What they should do is recognize that the world is in a war for jobs. It seems that leadership has lost the will to win, especially in America, but this is a competition for our lives.
To win, leaders need to compete. Everyone does. The public school system needs to inculcate kids with the knowledge theyll need to compete in the jobs war. The business community needs to double the psychological engagement of workers so that it can compete with cheaper labor. The healthcare system must stop wasting the resources that we need to spend on job competition. Society needs to realize that entrepreneurs, not government, are the source of new jobs and put all its energy behind them. Perhaps most importantly, leaders need to recognize universities, mentors, and especially cities as a supercollider for job creation.
If that can be done and it can be done; leaders have done it before new good jobs will result. Theres not moment to waste: the war has already begun.
WHAT EVERYONE IN THE WORLD WANTS IS A GOOD JOB
In a provocative book for business and government leaders, Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton describes how this undeniable fact will affect all leadership decisions as countries wage war to produce the best jobs.
Leaders of countries and cities, Clifton says, should focus on creating good jobs because as jobs go, so does the fate of nations. Jobs bring prosperity, peace, and human development — but long-term unemployment ruins lives, cities, and countries.
Creating good jobs is tough, and many leaders are doing many things wrong. Theyre undercutting entrepreneurs instead of cultivating them. Theyre running companies with depressed workforces. Theyre letting the next generation of job creators rot in bad schools.
A global jobs war is coming, and theres no time to waste. Cities are crumbling for lack of good jobs. Nations are in revolt because their people cant get good jobs. The cities and countries that act first — that focus everything they have on creating good jobs — are the ones that will win.
About the Author
Chairman and CEO
Since 1988, Jim Clifton has served as CEO of Gallup, a leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research. His most recent innovation, the Gallup World Poll, is designed to give the worlds 6 billion citizens a voice in virtually all key global issues. Mr. Clifton has pledged to continue this effort to collect world opinion for 100 years in 150 countries.
Under Mr. Cliftons leadership, Gallup has achieved a fifteenfold increase in its billing volume and expanded Gallup from a predominantly U.S.-based company to a worldwide organization with 40 offices in 30 countries and regions.
Mr. Clifton is also the creator of The Gallup Path, a metric-based economic model that establishes the linkages among human nature in the workplace, customer engagement, and business outcomes. This model is used in performance management systems in more than 500 companies worldwide.
Mr. Clifton serves on several boards and is Chairman of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He has received honorary degrees from Jackson State, Medgar Evers and Bellevue Universities.
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