The Coming Jobs War

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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, ...

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Overview

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. They’re undercutting entrepreneurs instead of cultivating them. They’re running companies with depressed workforces. They’re letting the next generation of job creators rot in bad schools.

A global jobs war is coming, and there’s no time to waste. Cities are crumbling for lack of good jobs. Nations are in revolt because their people can’t 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.

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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595620552
  • Publisher: Gallup Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 91,894
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Clifton
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 world’s 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. Clifton’s 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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  • Posted December 31, 2013

    Thought provoking Info

    This book describes the problems with current policy and what needs to change for the US to go forward. It also describes some cuts to Social Security and Medicare that will affect me but are needed. One cannot miss the facts.

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    This book is a necessary read for tomorrow's success

    This book lit a fire underneath me moving me to submit great business ideas that could one day result in a start up. its Patriotic in its message because it gives you a cause worth fighting for. The author compels you to take action for the next generation. He draws you out of a state of indifference which is fueled by the ignorant thinking that, "what will happen will happen" regardless of my commitment. He does an excellent job allowing the statistics to do what statistics are suppose to do - I highly recommend reading this book if you are looking for a purpose to exist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Everyone in a position of leadership either in government or business should read this book. Hopefully, we implement the changes necessary to not have the possible outcome he suggests that could happen if we don't make changes now. America could loose out to other countries and no longer be the "place" where people will have plenty of quality job options and want to start a business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    A good perspective

    Most seasoned managers have heard the adage "you can't manage what you don't measure". Clifton makes a strong case that the problem in many of our companies, our cities and indeed in our nation, the problem is we are measuring the wrong stuff. We measure economic data, not behavioral data. If we are to suceed in the coming decades we need to focus our efforts on providing what people want not what they did. Clifton uses extensive, but simple to understand data, to make the case that what people want is a good, stable job. Create enough good jobs with ample opportunity for growth and you will have a good company. Having lots of good companies makes for a great city. And having a lot of great cities makes for a great nation. Clifton makes his case well and keeps his reader engaged in the material. It is a good read.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    It will piss you off- but its all true.

    This book will make you wanna go out and shake some sense into people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Interesting and frightening

    Good info from polling data on worldwide scarcity of jobs. But authors authoritarian and utopian conclusions are misguided.

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