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The Coming Jobs War Completed

I just finished reading The Coming Jobs War by Jim Clifton.

The root of the content is economics, and how the competition for good jobs will determine international power and commerce in the future.

I recommend public and private sector leaders, and aspiring leaders, read this book.

A few key notes from the book that stood out to me:

  • The combination of cities, educational institutions, and leaders (private and public) fuel job creation.
  • High school dropout and graduation rates are the fate of the nation. Leaders must do whatever is necessary to keep students in school.
  • Engaged and high-energy workplaces result in engaged and high-energy employees that produce superior results. This leads to more customers, more jobs, more startups, and more economic energy.
  • Jobs grow where new customers appear. Businesses need to be customer-friendly and have deep customer insight to grow their enterprises and create jobs.
  • Where there are small and medium-sized businesses, there are jobs and bright futures. Jobs are made when entrepreneurs start businesses or invest in existing enterprises.
  • Job creation happens in cities. Cities are clusters of human energy where jobs are created through innovation and entrepreneurship. 
  • Invest in talented people (entrepreneurs) and innovation will ensue. Innovation creates and improves products and services that eventually leads to new job creation.
  • Exports should continue to be a major part of American-owned business' growth strategies. 

While I do not agree with, nor endorse, everything Clifton writes, much of what he advocates is both enlightening, intriguing, and best of all, implementable. If you are interested in improving your community, improving the lives of those around you or simply studying job growth and economics, then this book is for you. 

Happy Reading. 


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