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Gallup and McKinsey Announce New Global Gold Standards
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.
$30 Million Gift Creates the Don Clifton Strengths Institute
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.
Entrepreneurs: Better Know Your Strengths
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.
Workplaces Aren't Creating High Well-Being
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.
U.S. Workplace: No Progress in 12 Years
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.
Eliminating ISIS: Jobs vs. Guns
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.
The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment
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.
The Five Best Articles on Customers and Entrepreneurship in 2014
Top articles of the year include how the best companies engage their customers and the talents of great entrepreneurs.
The Five Best Workplace Articles From 2014
Big Gallup findings include why great managers are so rare --- and why employee satisfaction doesn't matter, among others.
The Return of American Dominance
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.
Moneyball for Your Company
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.
Why We Relaunched Gallup.com
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.
The One Thing I'd Fix: America's Decline in Entrepreneurship
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.
Why Being Engaged at Work Isn't as Simple as "Being Happy"
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.
The Unaffordable Cost of Being the Fattest Country on Earth
A recent report cited that the single biggest reason families go bankrupt in the United States is because they get wiped out by medical bills. What a nightmare. God bless those families that have to spend all of their household savings, and more, to help a loved one.
Left to Chance: Early Identification and Development of Gifted Entrepreneurs
If you have a high IQ, America's massive testing systems will find you. We're probably the best in the world at high-level intellectual development. There is no chance a really smart student will be overlooked in America.
The Root Cause of Bloodshed in the Middle East: No Customers
The Middle East has collapsed into a state of chaos, conflict, and suffering that was unimaginable and unforeseen just four years ago. Hardly any experts or institutions predicted the wars and revolutions that have engulfed the region. And those same experts who missed the coming catastrophe continue to struggle for answers as to why it's all happening.
Strategy: Maximize Your Current Customers
American businesses are among the best run in the world, but Fortune 1000 leaders still haven't mastered organic growth. They talk a good game about growing their customer base, but then they go back to their offices, shut their doors, and either acquire competitors or -- worse yet -- cut their prices even further. They do this because they've given up on organic growth.
Employee Satisfaction Doesn't Matter
The employee engagement movement started in the late 1990s and then went full steam ahead in 2000. Organizations everywhere began systematically measuring employee engagement. That intense interest is now evolving into deeper thinking about company culture. Top leadership teams are seriously considering what kind of culture they want and need to win more customers.
Nothing Fixes a Bad Manager
Companies seem to try everything imaginable to fix their workplaces, except the only thing that matters: Naming the right person manager.