The Chairman's Blog
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 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.
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.
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.