Winning the Global Talent Showdown

Winning the Global Talent Showdown

Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses & Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline.
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler

  • Exposes the root causes of the coming talent crisis facing the Americas, Asia, and Europe
  • Shows how we can prevent the crisis by reinventing the education-to-employment system
  • Includes dozens of examples of how this is already being done across America and around the world

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Winning the Global Talent Showdown surveys the sorry state of the world talent pipeline. Demographic trends in America, Europe, Russia, and Japan are reducing the pool of new workers. As the global need for talent grows, China 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 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.

But this is fundamentally a book about solutions. It argues that we need to completely reinvent our talent-creation system — and some pioneering efforts are already underway. It 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. Gordon himself is actively involved in some of these initiatives. 

Reviews of Winning the Global Talent Showdown:

"Winning the Global Talent Showdown is recommended for business, education, and community leaders interested in growing a workforce to fit the business world's changing needs."


"You don't need to be a Rocket Scientist to know Economic Development will follow wherever the Rocket Scientists live. Regions that commit to producing better students, and keeping the best and brightest, will enjoy a private economic advantage over the regions that don't. . . . If you want to understand this issue in greater detail, may I recommend Winning the Global Talent Showdown by Edward Gordon."

—J. Burt
Norh Central Regional Betterment Coalition

"I highly recommend the prophetic, yet highly practical Winning the Global Talent Showdown  . . . to anyone seeking to understand the real underlying causes of the global talent shortage. Cutting through the myths, half baked populist slogans, and misinformation, the author not only describes the problems, but also offers cooperative, workable, and effective solutions."   For complete review, click here

—Wayne Hurlbert
Blog Business World

"How can learning professionals engage in efforts to rebuild the jobs pipeline? Gordon provides answers to these questions in examining the current state and potential future of the global talent pool. . . . He includes inspirational stories from programs around the world that are creating sustainable talent pools."

American Society for
Training & Development

"Effectively highlights the different challenges of North America, Asia, and Europe . . . pinpointing the causes of the 'global talent crunch'.  Winning the Global Talent Showdown . . . is definitely engaging. . . and reading it will give you a better understanding on how to recreate the talent system."

—Human Resources (Singapore)

"Winning the Global Talent Showdown offers prescient and futuristic information and thinking about education, work and employment, and careers. [It is] powerful, erudite, purposeful, inspiring! "

  —Pat Nellor Wickwire, Ph.D. President
                     American Association for Career Education

"This 188 page thought-provoking book should be read by anyone interested in helping state organizations or their local community and its education system system to be successful. Read it; share it with others; discuss its content with your colleagues. I agree with the author when he says the time to act is now."

---Peter Gamache
HR Exchange (New Hampshire)

"Gordon gives well supported evidence for the upcoming global worker shortage and practical solutions for alleviating the problem."

---Office Pro

"Gordon provides a compelling road map for the future."

---Engineering News-Record

"Immensely readable."

—Jana Kemp
Idaho Press Tribune

Comments on Winning the Global Talent Showdown:

"Winning the Global Talent Showdown goes way beyond a mere brace of suggestions. Ed Gordon's insightful analyses of the continuing and projected workforce skill deficits are complemented by many practical and common-sense solutions."

—Kevin Hollenbeck,
Assistant Executive Director and Senior Economist
Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

"After taking us on a global tour of talent formation strategies, Ed Gordon encourages us to commit to realistic action steps for leveraging our community's talent resources into a clear and coherent working network. Each community's talent formation is an imperative and an opportunity for all to participate."

—Peggy Luce,
Vice President
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

"A remarkable survey of worldwide efforts to get an efficient workforce. It is probably the only one of its kind on the talent marketplace.

---Hans A. Schiser, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
International Workforce Training & Education
DePaul University, Chicago

"In the best analysis of its kind, Ed Gordon cogently defines the demographic and econmic forces presenting us with unprecedented challenges in creating the workforce we need. He proposes clear, workable solutions for addressing the education, training, and community development systems we require."

—Henry J. Lindborg,
Professor, Marian University

"Technology has exploded our need for talents to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. We must educate to meet that need. Winning shows us how."

—Paul Miller, Partner
Sonnenshein, Nath & Rosenthal

"Gordon's passion for his subject, command of the literature, expert integration of complex issues, and informal style of communicating lure the reader chapter by chapter through a thorough exposition of global workforce conditions, prescriptions for change, and a report on organizations productively preparing for their future."

—Paul Hettich, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, DePaul University

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