Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Great JOBS Crash of 2009

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FAST- forward to 2012…….. There is a recession that was supposed to arrive in the United States now…… unfortunately due to accelerated change and global forces, normal business decade- time sped up and the recession or as some called it, the Great Jobs Crash of 2009, actually arrived in 2008. Almost no one was spared from being shaken and those who kept their jobs and actually got raises in 2009 began to feel especially grateful at least, on the days they weren’t nervous about the next business or state bankruptcy.

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Ronald J from Arizona said...

Please give suggestions on the best ways to keep skills updated and stay in touch with what's going to be in demand. I have a job now but the company seems to be in big trouble and I want to be able to get a more secure job in 2009.

Lee Iacocca said...

He's got a new book.
Lee Iacocca Says:

'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'Stay the course.'
Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned, 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!'
You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.
The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq , the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the 'America' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?
I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)
Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

Anonymous said...

What's the best way to work through this crash... The Great Jobs Crash as you call it?

Will wages suffer much? How with those at the fringe of baby boomerdom deal with this?

Al Walsh said...

Quality will survive and prosper. Mediocrity will fail. That's been the way of the world for time immemorial. Most people are followers, and can't see beyond the mundane aspects of their lives. Quality people are always looking beyond themselves. They can't help it. It's like an uncontrollable itch, and they naturally tend to rise into leadership. Unfortunately, they're a rare group.

America came out of WWII the leader of the world; a world that had largely been destroyed, and which we rebuilt. Almost any "fool" could start a business in those days and succeed; often despite themselves. We had the world by the tail. But, hark, along comes the rest of the rebuilt world to compete with us; and they are operating on a much simpler & cheaper model.

I think America's in shock. We still long for the "good old days." While we were asleep, we let so much advantage slip away that we'll have hell to pay getting it back.

Small companies have to operate lean & mean just to survive, so they're farther up on the curve. But they can't drive the whole economy. Big business has lapsed into a form of bloated, bureaucratic, unresponsive existence akin to our pathetic socialist government.

In order to turn things around, it's going to take a whole bunch of individuals making daily efforts to change the culture. You leaders need to lead the charge. Failure is not an option.