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The Coming Jobs War

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by Jim Clifton
     
 

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Definitive leadership strategy for fixing the American economy, drawn from Gallup’s unmatched global polling and written by the company’s chairman.

What everyone in the world wants is a good job. “This is one of the most important discoveries Gallup has ever made,” says the company’s Chairman, Jim Clifton.

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Overview

Definitive leadership strategy for fixing the American economy, drawn from Gallup’s unmatched global polling and written by the company’s chairman.

What everyone in the world wants is a good job. “This is one of the most important discoveries Gallup has ever made,” says the company’s Chairman, Jim Clifton.

In The Coming Jobs War, Clifton makes the bold assertion that job creation and successful entrepreneurship are the world’s most pressing issues right now, outpacing runaway government spending, environmental degradation and even the threat of global terrorism.

The book is grounded in findings from Gallup’s World Poll, which reveals the implications of the jobs war on everything from economics to foreign policy to nothing less than America’s moral authority in the world. And it offers a prescription for attacking the jobs issue head-on. Clifton argues that the solution to creating good jobs must be found in cities, not in the federal government. Promoting entrepreneurship and job creation must be the sole mission and purpose of cities’ business leaders, government officials and philanthropists.

Clifton says that the next big breakthrough will come from the combination of the forces within big cities, great universities and powerful local leaders. Their combined effect is the most reliable, controllable and predictable solution to America’s biggest problem. Strong leadership teams and a natural order are already in place within cities — in governments and local business and philanthropic entities, with caring leaders working on initiatives to fuel local economic growth and to create good jobs. The feat these leaders have to pull off is doubling their entrepreneurial energy by aligning their local forces: local tribal leaders, super mentors and universities.

Winning the jobs war will require all hands on deck, and failure is not an option, especially for the United States, which has been the global leader in promoting freedom and entrepreneurship. America’s place in the world is at stake, and there are other countries poised to surpass a sputtering U.S. economy that is currently growing at only 2% annually. The biggest threat? China, with a GDP that is increasing at nearly 10% annually — a pace that will make it the world’s leading and most influential economy within the next 30 years.

While the statistics are dire, Clifton remains optimistic about America’s ability to win the jobs war because America has been here before. “The Greatest Generation saved America by beating the Japanese and Germans at [World War II]. The Baby Boomers saved America a second time by beating the same foes, Japan and Germany, in an economic war that determined the leadership of the free world, again,” he says.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595620552
Publisher:
Gallup Press
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
173,460
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jim Clifton is Chairman and CEO of Gallup. His most recent innovation, the Gallup World Poll, is designed to give the world’s 7 billion citizens a voice in virtually all key global issues. Clifton has pledged to continue this effort to collect world opinion for 100 years in 150 countries.

Under Clifton’s leadership, Gallup has achieved a fifteen-fold 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.

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.

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. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Susan.

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The Coming Jobs War 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
NancyAR More than 1 year ago
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.
KLShelton More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
titan055 More than 1 year ago
This book will make you wanna go out and shake some sense into people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good info from polling data on worldwide scarcity of jobs. But authors authoritarian and utopian conclusions are misguided.
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