The Key To Job Success In Any Career
by Frank B. Leibold, Ph.D.
Developing Six Competencies That Close America's Global Skills Gap
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SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Success
Sep 30, 2010
Books by Frank B. Leibold, Ph.D.
Why has the current economic recovery been so sluggish? How can so many people still have difficulty in finding a job? And what are the new skills required for the 21st century?
This book answers these questions and in the process develops six universal competencies that can lead to success in any job or career. It is a serious book about the greatest challenge America faces as it slips from global educational and economic dominance.
The book was chosen as the best book in the Self-Help genre with a EVVY award by a panel of three independent experts by the independent publishers association in March 2011 and on May 1, 2011 it received the 2010 Non-Fiction Outskirts Press' Book of the Year award.
The book culminates over seven years of research and it has been endorsed by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and The Conference Board (TCB). It has also been favorably reviewed by the National Association of Manufacturers(NAM), Harvard University and the Education Commission (ECS)of the States.
The book provides readers with over 70 specific practical steps they can take to develop their own success competencies. It also offers eight actionable recommendations that the U.S. DOE & DOL, ASTD, TCB, ECS and others can use, based on an extensive analysis of 25 years of failed efforts, to finally start the nation on a path to resolving America's Global Skills Gap.
If you are struggling to find a job, concerned about keeping the one you have, or feel that your career has stalled, this book was written for you.
Despite 25 years of documented effort by 18 esteemed professional organizations to close
it, America’s global skills
gap is worsening--to the detriment of your
Employees now have to navigate and manage multiple job and career changes
which will require new skills. With almost 70 million baby boomers ready to retire the American workforce will soon lose their experience and educational achievement, thus threating to further widen the gap. Finally, by 2040 the workforce will be half people of color presenting new diversity challenges and their requisite new skills.
Leibold develops six scientifically validated
Lifelong Transferable Competencies (LTCs) that are required for success in any
job or career. He then offers over 70 practical suggestions on how you can enhance your future employment options by developing your own LTCs to improve your career transitions and influence.
“The Conference Board’s research confirms that American business finds new
entrants to the workforce lacking in the skills required to be globally
competitive both today and for the demands of the coming years. Frank Leibold,
in his new book Competencies That Close America’s Global Skill Gap, recognizes
and analyzes this deficit and offers individuals specific guidance on how to
overcome these skill gaps. His advice is important for those just entering the
workforce who may find they need skills heretofore unlearned. However, his
advice may be even more critical for those more seasoned workers who are
challenged by having to reinvent themselves in this new economic reality where
employers are requiring employees to take on more responsibility for their
personal and professional wellbeing.” — Mary Wright, Project Leader, Workforce Readiness Initiative, The Conference Board
"The skills gap is one of the most pressing issues facing America's workforce. Whether the baby boomers choose to retire at the projected rate or not,both situations will require a significant re-skilling of the workforce. The learning profession must take action on the skills gap in order to ensure the readiness and competitiveness of its workforce. Frank has carefully researched the skills gap in his new book. It's an important read for a greater understanding of the issue and what we need to do about it." - Tony Bingham, President & CEO, ASTD
"The book (is) an important timely contribution to a growing dialogue." - Tony Wagner, Co-Director, Change Leadership Group, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University & author Closing The Global Achievement Gap
"We too agree to the need for general lifelong competencies that lead to success." - Jennifer M. McNelly, Senior Vice President, The Manufacturing Institute, National Association of Manufacturers
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With 25 years of sustained effort (67 reports/white papers) by 18 respected national professional organizations and many talented people working on the problem little progress has been made on closing the global skills gap. How did this persistent and vexing national decline, threatening our very way of living, happen and why are so many ordinary Americans unaware of its threat? This book chronicles a quarter century of American skill decline which has been kept relatively sheltered from the public despite its damaging and far-reaching effects on aspects of every citizen’s lives.
The global skill gap was identified as far back as 1983 when "A Nation At Risk" placed the blame squarely at the foot of our nation’s public educational system. The National Center on Education and the Economy (2006), the National Manufacturing Association (2008), the President’s Council on Competitiveness (2008) and the American Management Association (2010) documented how the gap has widened in the past 25 years between American workers’
abilities and the skill needs for the 21st century.
This book was written to address these issues. But most importantly as a result of the research obtained its major contribution is…
It develops for the first time scientifically-based universal Lifelong Transferable Competencies (LTCs) required for future career success—in any occupation and for most levels of responsibility. They are also required to close America’s global skills
gap. The book also provides an often overlooked scientific perspective of what the real human “cost” of constantly striving for success can be and its resultant implications. The importance of a scientific approach to these important issues is its reliability and validation—as opposed to opinions or inspirational and spiritual suggestions from the Self-Help genre. At no time since the Great Depression have employees needed such useful, concrete, proven,and practical advice to assist them in their job pursuits.
Research from the social sciences, careers, business and competency building all validate the six LTCs. A validation matrix is provided along with an LTC model and its explanation. The model is then successfully tested for reliability against American entrepreneurs that the author counseled from 2003-2004.
Over 70 practical suggestions are also offered to readers to implement their own LTCs, improve their career transitions and increase their ability to interact and influence others. Finally eight specific recommendations are presented to close the global skills gap and in doing so improve employees future employability options.
Read more from the National Career Development Association's Career Convergence magazine article www.careerconvergence/october.com
About Frank B. Leibold, Ph.D.
Frank Leibold after a distinguished 30 year business career with three
multinational corporations and nine jobs-culminating in the position of Group
President- re-tooled himself by returning to school and obtaining his Ph.D..
Frank then became a nationally recognized university professor of marketing
while founding his own global management consulting company. He and his wife
reside in South Carolina and spend time traveling to visit and spoil their nine
grand-children- two in Australia.