Jim Clifton

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Jim Clifton
Jim Clifton at Thurgood Marshall College Fund Gala.jpg
Jim Clifton at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Gala in 2013
ResidenceWashington, D.C.
OccupationChairman and CEO of Gallup
Notable work
The Coming Jobs War
WebsiteOfficial website

Jim Clifton is Chairman and CEO of Gallup.[1] Clifton has served as CEO of Gallup, an analytics and advice company,[2] since 1988.[3] He is the author of many articles and of the book The Coming Jobs War,[4] co-author of Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder and creator of 'The Gallup Microeconomic Path' a behavioral economic framework focused on employees and customers, used by over 500 companies worldwide, to increase performance.[5] His father was Donald O. Clifton, founder of Selection Research, Inc. (SRI), which acquired the Gallup Organization in 1988.[6][7][8]

The Coming Jobs War[edit]

Clifton authored the non-fiction book The Coming Jobs War.[4] Clifton claims that a lack of innovation is not the problem, but rather a lack of entrepreneurship, and that for every 1,000 people there are only about three with the potential to develop an organization with $50 million or more in annual revenue.[9]

Thurgood Marshall College Fund[edit]

Clifton is Chairman of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.[1] The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is an American non-profit organization that supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools.

Clifton Foundation[edit]

In June 2015, the Clifton Foundation and Gallup, announced a $30 million gift to the University of Nebraska to establish the Don Clifton Strengths Institute. The gift will support the early identification and accelerated development of thousands of gifted entrepreneurs and future business builders.[10]


Clifton is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill[11] and Duke University.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Clifton is married and lives in Washington, DC.[13]


  1. ^ a b Schawbel, Dan (2011-10-26). "Gallup's Jim Clifton on The Coming Jobs War". forbes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-14.
  2. ^ "Cliftons, Gallup give $30 million to UNL". Lincoln Journal Star. www.journalstar.com. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Why Indian workplaces are going downhill, explains Jim Clifton, CEO, Gallup". Economic Times - India. www.theeconomictimes.com. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b "For Jobs, It's War". New York Times. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Jim Clifton - This Guy Knows What You're Thinking". Livemint.com. www.livemint.com. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  6. ^ Mochari, Ilan (2015). "Why Gallup Is Funding a $30 Million B-School Lab at the University of Nebraska". Inc.com. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Anders, George (2013). "Popularity Wars: Elite Gallup Now Battles Cut-Rate Rivals". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  8. ^ Buckingham, Marcus (2012). "Strengths Campus History". Strengths Campus. Archived from the original on June 19, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Why Entrepreneurs Matter More Than Innovators". Gallup Press. www.gallup.com. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Cliftons, Gallup give $30 million to UNL". Lincoln Journal Star. 2015-06-05. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  11. ^ https://provost.duke.edu/policies-resources/awards-and-professorships/nannerl-keohane-distinguished-visiting-professorship
  12. ^ http://www.kistudentopportunities.unc.edu/index.php/kenan-institute-hosts-global-trade-global-trade-off-conference/
  13. ^ gallup.com