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Is the official U.S. unemployment rate a "big lie"? Do small businesses have a future? Gallup tackled these issues and more in 2015.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

A philanthropic foundation aims to ignite desperately needed new business startups, which will create the good jobs that the world's citizens most want.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

If America is going to dominate the world again, the country has to fix the spirit of free enterprise. Small-business startups are in serious decline.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

Demographic trends show that by 2050, a majority of the world's population will be concentrated in cities. This emerging trend means city leaders are going to have to start creating new strategies for their economic ecosystems.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

The two firms have created the Organizational Science Initiative, which aims to offer the world's most comprehensive analytics on employee engagement and organizational health.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

The institute's mission is to lead America in fixing its biggest problems: the decline of free enterprise, the need for many more good jobs and mistaken theories on employee engagement and how humans develop in the workplace.

Opinion

Jim Clifton was interviewed recently for the National Federation of Independent Business' Playbook magazine on the strengths of entrepreneurs. Here are the questions and answers.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

Jim Clifton will be appearing on a panel, held by Richard Branson's Virgin Disruptors, to debate workplace well-being, and work/life balance. Panelists were asked to submit answers to five key questions about workplace well-being in advance of the event.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

Most CEOs I know honestly don't care about employees or take an interest in human resources. Sure, they know who their stars are and love them -- but it ends there.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

Speaking about the ISIS threat recently, the White House made news when it said, "We have to address grievances terrorists exploit, including economic grievances." Basically, they identified the ISIS problem as a jobs problem.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

Here's something that many Americans -- including some of the smartest and most educated among us -- don't know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.

Business Journal

Top articles of the year include how the best companies engage their customers and the talents of great entrepreneurs.

Business Journal

Big Gallup findings include why great managers are so rare --- and why employee satisfaction doesn't matter, among others.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

What the whole world wants is a good job. This is one of the most important discoveries Gallup has ever made. So my big idea for 2015 is simply this: Create as many good jobs as possible throughout the world. This should be the No. 1 priority for business and government leaders everywhere. Nothing else even comes close.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

Moneyball has been the talk of baseball for years. Its creator, Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane, has used the approach to guide his team, with one of the lowest payrolls in the league, to the playoffs in eight of the past 15 seasons. And the front office of the Boston Red Sox famously used it in 2004 to win their first World Series in 86 years.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

The world's 7 billion citizens get most of their news from reporters and experts -- it's edited and filtered by how these professionals see events. Gallup applauds the work they do. But the one missing element from most reporting and analyses are the opinions, thoughts, and feelings of those 7 billion citizens themselves -- how they see events.

Opinion
by Jim Clifton

America's biggest problem is that we don't have enough good jobs. Yes, unemployment has gone "down" to 5.9%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But that percentage is almost meaningless, as it doesn't count people who've quit looking for work. A staggering 20 million people or more are still jobless or grossly underemployed, and many are deeply frustrated or depressed -- they're not celebrating "declining" unemployment.

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by Jim Clifton

I was recently interviewed by Fast Company magazine about the difference between being happy at work and being engaged -- and there's a huge difference. Here's the article Mark C. Crowley wrote for the publication from our discussion.