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Winning the Global Talent Showdown

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In the next few years the world will be facing a huge talent shortage. Demographic trends in America, Europe, Russia, and Japan are reducing the pool of new workers. As the need for talent grows, China’s and India’s educational systems won’t be able to produce enough qualified graduates for themselves, let alone the rest of the world. But the heart of the problem is that the education-to-employment system worldwide is badly outmoded. We’re not producing graduates with the kinds of technical, communications, and thinking skills needed in the 21st century. In Winning the Global Talent Showdown, Ed Gordon surveys the sorry state of the world talent pipeline, with separate chapters on the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Each region faces its own challenges, yet the result is the same: a dramatic shortage of workers who can function in what Gordon calls our “cyber-mental” age. But this is fundamentally a book about solutions. Gordon argues that we need to completely reinvent our talent-creation system—and some pioneering efforts are already underway. He describes dozens of “gateways to the future,” innovative partnerships in which local governments, schools, businesses, labor unions, parents, training organizations, community activists, and others are collaborating to develop completely new approaches to education. Based on personal experience, Gordon outlines how concerned citizens can establish these partnerships in their own communities. And he looks down the road to 2020, explaining how we can build on the best of these new ideas so that the jobs pipeline flows freely again.

Table of Contents

  1. COVER PAGE
  2. TITLE PAGE
  3. COPYRIGHT PAGE
  4. PREFACE
  5. INTRODUCTION: WHAT’S CAUSING THE GLOBAL TALENT CRUNCH?
    1. THE CYBER-MENTAL AGE
    2. WHAT IS CAUSING THE TALENT SHORTAGE?
    3. UNLOCKING THE FUTURE
    4. CONCLUSION
  6. PART 1: MAKING SENSE OF THE TALENT SHORTAGE AROUND THE WORLD
    1. CHAPTER 1: THE AMERICAS
      1. THE UNITED STATES
      2. CANADA
      3. LATIN AMERICA
      4. CONCLUSION
    2. CHAPTER 2: ASIA
      1. INDIA
      2. CHINA
      3. JAPAN
      4. SOUTH KOREA
      5. SINGAPORE
      6. CONCLUSION
    3. CHAPTER 3: EUROPE AND RUSSIA
      1. MEETING FUTURE SKILL NEEDS IN EUROPE
      2. GERMANY
      3. THE UNITED KINGDOM
      4. IRELAND
      5. SCANDINAVIA
      6. EASTERN EUROPE
      7. CONCLUSION
  7. PART 2: HARNESSING THE POWER OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
    1. CHAPTER 4: EXPANDING THE TALENT POOL
      1. GENERATIONAL VARIATIONS
      2. LIFE WORK VS. WORK LIFE
      3. CONCLUSION
    2. CHAPTER 5: FIXING THE EDUCATION-TO-EMPLOYMENT SYSTEM
      1. PHILADELPHIA’S TALENT PIPELINE
      2. CAREER CHOICE: WHAT COLOR IS YOUR COLLAR?
      3. CAREER ACADEMIES AROUND THE WORLD
      4. ENCOURAGING STUDENTS’ INTEREST IN STEM CAREERS
      5. CREATING TALENT IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR
      6. THE LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE PREP CAREER ACADEMY
      7. TRAINING-A NEW PERSPECTIVE
      8. TALENT CREATION 101
      9. GRADUATE STUDIES: THE CORPORATE UNIVERSITY
      10. CREATING VALUE-THE SIXTH DISCIPLINE
      11. INNOVATE TODAY OR PERISH TOMORROW
    3. CHAPTER 6: PRODUCING NEW TALENT
      1. BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY
      2. WHAT ARE CBOs AND NGOs?
      3. THE SECRETS OF CBOs AND NGOs
      4. “WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER”
      5. CBOs ACROSS THE GLOBE
      6. REBUILDING THE TALENT PIPELINE
      7. WHAT WORKS
      8. THE NEW SYSTEM
      9. 2020 GOALS AND CHALLENGES
      10. THE ECONOMIC BENEFIT
      11. WHAT’S NEXT?
      12. THE U.S. ADVANTAGE
      13. WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
      14. A DECADE OF OPPORTUNITY
  8. NOTES
    1. PREFACE
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CHAPTER 1
    4. CHAPTER 2
    5. CHAPTER 3
    6. CHAPTER 4
    7. CHAPTER 5
    8. CHAPTER 6
  9. RESOURCE A
    1. CAREER ACADEMIES
    2. EXPLORING ENGINEERING CAREERS
    3. THE NORTH CAROLINA CAREER OUTLOOK HANDBOOK
    4. EXPANDING THE TALENT POOL
  10. RESOURCE B
    1. HOW TO ESTABLISH A CBO OR NGO
  11. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  12. INDEX
  13. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    1. IMPERIAL CONSULTING CORPORATION
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