Being 60 years old and spending 37 years in the Search Industry has provided some rare insight to where I believe we are headed and what advice I would like to share with the world as we all try to navigate through this time of change. It is times like these that leaders lead and rise to the challenges in a fashion that has been the keystone of the American fabric. It saddens me to read that 50% of our college grads can’t find work and I can’t imagine the load they are carrying on their mind wondering how they will ever repay their college loans.
I had dinner with a president of a very large organization in China who quirked that the Chinese are laughing at us. This is because we have made it so easy for them to take our place in the commerce of the world by stealing all our manufacturing companies. All they had to do was make it easy for them to do business and ease the tax burden that the US imposed on them. We have to be arrogant to think that wherever the location of the manufacturing facility wouldn’t also house the jobs that our citizens need. Shame on us!
In order to get out of this economic slump we have to encourage our companies to come back home and rebuild the manufacturing plants on our shores. We have to encourage our children to take pride in building again as our parents so magnificently displayed. I also watch the TV and movies that captivate our children and it is no wonder they are becoming lazy and entitled. Our future is based on our children and as parents we must fashion their minds on a life lead by integrity, not ideals that originate from handful of people in Hollywood whose intention is to take advantage of them for selfish reasons. We need to reinstall a high bar of work ethic and the knowledge of its importance and rewards that our generation was taught.