August 2012


The global workforce is going through a change. In developing countries there are more workers joining the work force then there are jobs for them. As an example, a recent TV spot highlighted Chinese reality shows where young adults highlighted their work skills and ambitions in an attempt to “win a job” from some of the employers participating in the show. Because of the lack of jobs many Chinese job seekers take positions in other countries in order to earn a living. We need to attract the best and brightest to the US.

In the US we aren’t doing our part and taking advantage of the shifting global workforce. We educate students from many parts of the world and then we drive them away by not making it easy for them to stay here.  As the global workforce changes, business needs to continue to adapt. And, the US government needs to find ways for our business’ to compete and keep the brightest and hardest working individuals within our companies. We also need to attract workers from other parts of the world who are looking for a place to go.

This country was built on a foundation of bright, hard-working and creative immigrants. We need to continue those policies and business strategies that have brought us success in the past.

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Minda Zetlin wrote an article recently in Inc. that I think anyone starting a small businesses should read. The article was “Starting a Business? Think Global Right From The Start”.  Here is an excerpt;

It may sound silly: You don’t even have your first customer yet. But considering a global strategy from the moment you launch your business can set you up for greater flexibility and much faster growth. Even a corner pizza shop might have global reach–just ask the place adjacent to Zuccotti Park that took orders from all over the world for pizzas to be sent to Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Here are four good reasons to create a global strategy from the very start:

1. You already have a huge advantage.

2. You’ll design it right the first time.

3. You can be a global customer as well as seller.

4. You can grow very fast.
The full article can be found at  http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/starting-a-business-think-global-from-day-one.html