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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press (Oct. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595620559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595620552
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #251,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Gossip Girls and A-Listers will enjoy the bonding, backstabbing, and sneak peek into some of Harvard’s secret social clubs.” (ALA Booklist)

“A lighthearted and quirky read.” (School Library Journal)

Praise for The Ivy: Secrets:“Chick lit for highly educated chicks.” (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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The war to which the title of this book refers will never be declared officially but I am convinced that it is already well underway and so far, as Jim Clifton observes, the United States is not doing at all well. In fact, according to an abundance of research compiled by the Gallup Organization, the U.S. could lose it. "It is precisely to make global leaders more effective why we at Gallup [at which Clifton is chairman and CEO] created a new body of behavioral economic data that represents the opinions of 7 billion [that's correct, billion] inhabitants across nearly every country and demographic and sociographic group imaginable. We call it the World Poll and are committed to doing it for 100 years."

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.
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Because the Gallop polls have been around so long and have been tracking human sentiment for years, The Coming Jobs War is quite the startling read. I didn't know what to expect but Jim Clifton doesn't beat around the bush. Packed with stats, polls and tons of research, you get a birds eye view of what we need to focus on (as a planet) in the coming years. According the Gallop, that's jobs. It used to be food, shelter, and companionship but as a society our needs have changed. We've evolved to the point now that our number one focus is a good job. Which makes a whole heap of sense because if you have a good job you'll be able to afford all the 'needs' of yesterday's society.
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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HASH(0xa6ecc834) out of 5 stars Too simplistic to be compelling Nov. 29 2011
By Alan R. Cheville - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book after a friend who is a voracious reader mentioned it was what she was currently reading and seeing the many five star reviews. I had reasonable expectations despite the fact I am leery of any conversation that frames itself using the word "War". Unfortunately for me this book did not live up to its five star rating or my expectations.

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.
84 of 106 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6f5ebd0) out of 5 stars A book every American should read Oct. 4 2011
By WEK - Published on Amazon.com
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There are many things about this fascinating new book from Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton that will stop you in your tracks, but the most profound for me is that the current state of our country, and perceived prospects for the future, has redefined the American dream. No longer are peace, family, independence and freedom of religion at the top of the list for most Americans. It's having a good job.

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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75d6504) out of 5 stars Fabulous, brief, and probably not what you want to hear . . . but read it anyway! Dec 8 2013
By Reed P. - Published on Amazon.com
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I read many online reviews before downloading this book. Both sides of the political spectrum seemed to hate it, arguing that it is over simplistic and just plain wrong-headed or biased. Frankly, that's exactly why I found myself curled up non-stop reading the entire book in one sitting. It is NOT politically correct, sure. But Clifton's observations merit serious consideration. To anger the right wing, he argues that with GDP driving jobs, and with "good" jobs driving the economy, significant cuts in the federal budget will be counterproductive, both in the short and longer term. A smaller government cuts off vital support to the many services and supports that a growing economy needs (pre-K through higher education, basic scientific research, safe streets, etc.). To aggravate the left wing, he makes a good case that "taxing the rich" simply cannot generate enough revenue to even come close to making up for fiscal shortfalls, so entitlement programs must inevitably be dialed down. Then, his take on healthcare will offend just about anyone who is not at an ideal body weight, doesn't exercise, eschews preventive medical exams, and wants to claw out every last day of life in an expensive terminal illness. Well, as a medical industry executive for the past 30 years, my first reaction was to challenge his claim that healthcare costs are nothing but a drag on jobs growth (after all, what's wrong with an industry that employs 1/5 of all American workers . . . many in what he defines as "good" jobs . . . in every single town and city in the country, improves health, and for the most part cannot be outsourced to China). Yet, in the end, I'm forced to agree with his points, even on healthcare. None of what I said in the parenthetical above mitigates the fact that taxpayers can no longer afford to shoulder the costs of replacing the knees and hips of 90 year olds, and obesity absolutely IS the number one health problem in our country, which needs immediate and aggressive intervention. Please read the book . . . but first put down your political biases , , , and just think about the significant likelihood that Mr. Clifton is doing something that our politicians simply cannot afford to do in the current electoral environment . . . he's telling it like it really is, whether any of us like it or not!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6eba504) out of 5 stars Creating Jobs Through Local Leadership Dec 16 2012
By Jim L. Battin - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a timely and significant contribution to help us understand that `not having a good job' (one where they have 30+ hours of work per week on a steady basis) is the root cause of many of the world's problems. Don Clifton, CEO of Gallup Inc., has tapped into extensive studies provided by his organization to suggest that we should avoid answers in Washington and take more control of our actions at the local level where leaders know the people to talk to, know the levers to pull, and get things done through large networks and access to other talented people.

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!
HASH(0xa6f5e9e4) out of 5 stars " Even if you disagree and or are not sure about the possible implications of technology I highly recommend you check that docum Nov. 4 2015
By gardenswimmer - Published on Amazon.com
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The book stresses that several policy changes by both governments and employers would drive back jobs to the US. I found it very interesting/insightful on his thoughts about the general Americans state of health ruining GDP. I agree with his assessment that having adequate "good jobs" (defined as a consistent 30 hours a week) would solve many of our worlds problems, however, he speaks nothing about technology displacing workers. Some will disagree with my belief that technology will take more jobs than it gives us but I am quite convinced of it especially after watching and reading "Humans Need Not Apply." Even if you disagree and or are not sure about the possible implications of technology I highly recommend you check that documentary/book out.


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