Winning the Global Talent Showdown

Winning the Global Talent Showdown

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Gordon, Edward E. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009 Audio summary available
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The world will soon face a massive talent shortage, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Every nation in the world will be uniquely affected by this crisis, and each will require meticulous and localized strategies in order to survive. In Winning the Global Talent Showdown, author Edward E. Gordon outlines the underlying causes of the talent shortage, and offers practical solutions for businesses, schools, parents, and the workers themselves. Gordon asserts that businesses cannot tackle this problem alone; it is necessary to build strong connections with local communities and governments. To function in the 21st century, businesses must address shifting workforce demographics, globalization, and poor education. To deal with the problem of a rapidly aging baby boomer generation, businesses must invest in the education of their younger workers, and reach out to older workers as well. Schools must offer high-quality education to all students, and spend more time and money in the areas of science and mathematics. Parents must accept the reality of a technologically-driven world, and encourage their children's interests in high-skill careers. Above all, business executives must begin to think of workers as investments rather than expenses. Continuous training and development programs must be offered so that workers may keep up with the rapid pace of technology. These training programs are most effective on-site, in a traditional classroom setting. School teachers also benefit tremendously from on-the-job training or coaching. In the game of talent-creation, the United States has a major advantage due to its flexible, diverse national economy. The author predicts that the U.S. solutions to the talent crisis will begin at the state level; policies will be implemented according to the needs of each community. Eventually, national policies will emerge and hopefully make for a graceful transition into the 21st century and beyond.