Coming Jobs War Hardcover – Oct 4 2011
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About 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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Clifton and his Gallup associates faced several challenges. For example, formulating a methodology that ensured consistent data collection to help make the whole data set comparable. Also, they needed to create reliable and consistent standards across the board so that leaders could see trends and patterns. "Six years into our global data collection effort, we may already have found the single most searing, clarifying, helpful, world-altering fact. What the whole world wants is a good job. This is one of the most important discoveries Gallup has ever made." It is also the insight that Clifton examines with exceptional rigor and eloquence in this book.
I agree with Clifton that leaders of countries and of the cities within them must make job creation their #1 priority. He devotes the bulk of the book to explaining who must do what and why it must be done. Those who disagree with his insights and recommendations would be well-advised to acknowledge that they are based on the aforementioned research that is on-going on a global basis.Read more ›
It is mostly based on the US economy buy no developed nation is immune to The Coming Jobs War.
I think every grade 12 kid needs to read this book. Ignore this book at your own peril. - Jeph
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The "Coming Jobs War" essentially is a plan to avert societal collapse. While I agree with many of the prescriptions that Jim Clifton brings forth throughout the book, the book is just that- prescriptive in both tone and content. The book is written in the style of a bad self-help book or perhaps like the legion of "how to win in business" type books. As in such books "The Coming Jobs War" makes a sweeping generalization which is then supported by vague statements using pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo.
While elements of the plan to avert societal collapse make sense, and many I agree with, they are presented in a linear, deterministic manner which completely miss the complex, systemic approaches that will be needed to address the issues the book seeks to contribute its voice to solving. Even worse, this book fails to provide much data to back up its claims or meaningfully acknowledge other thinkers and theories that supportable or refute the claims being made. While there is an extensive list of references at the end, they exist independent of the rest of the book (at least in the Kindle edition I read).
"The Coming Jobs War" suffers in other ways that alienated me as a reader from the important (and likely valid) points raised:
- Entrepreneurs are given mythic, superhero status. The impact, societal benefit, or long term sustainability of the entrepreneur's idea is irrelevant. Rather entrepreneurs earn their superhero status by their willingness to persist and business acumen. This is disingenuous at best, and seemed even more egregious since I'd just finished "Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change" which has lots of case studies of the harm persistent, good intentioned, and passionate individuals can cause.
- The various chapters of the book are rife with inconsistencies and contradictions. Depending on where you are in the book either creation of good jobs, security, or whatever topic the current chapter covers are the number one priority to be addressed.
- The book at times seems a marketing screed for Gallup; the reader gets the impression all good policy ideas originated with Gallup.
- It is not clear what audience this book was written for. If I had to guess it would be a marketing executive's caricature of a business leader or policy maker, but certainly not a scientist of any stripe or others familiar with policy issues. However, given the number of five star ratings it must resonate with many readers.
In summary, if you like books with simple direct messages, don't care about the provenance of ideas as much as the ideas themselves, and want simple answers to complex problems you will likely enjoy this book. On the other hand those who take a more complex and nuanced view of society might want to check out the book from the local library, cull the key ideas from the last summary chapter, and save time, money, and a painful read. Honestly, it really worth one star, but I give it a second since some of the ideas can stimulate much needed dialog.
Some of the information Clifton reveals is staggering, like the fact that 40-50 years ago Detroit was the richest city in the world, but because of poor local leadership over the last several decades hundreds of thousands of good jobs have been lost and the city has become a socioeconomic disaster. Or that 20 years ago passage of the Gore Act gave US companies the lead in commercializing the internet - and attracting top technical and entrepreneurial talent from around the world -- something that has accounted for virtually all the growth in the US economy since the mid 90s.
Clifton's writing is compact, thought provoking, motivational, scary and realistic. But it's also hopeful. It's a compelling book based on years of Gallup polling and research and a must read for everyone who cares about the future of our communities, cities and country.
The author describes the current state in easy to understand ways. While he creates a sense of urgency about the need to create jobs, he doesn't leave us looking for solutions and offers clear cut strategies that provide options for actions that we can take.
When I finished reading the book I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed because it came to an end. His ideas are powerful and make such good sense! I can't wait for the sequel!
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