By Byron McNutt
DO YOU KNOW that in the 10 years ending in 2009, U.S. factories shed workers so fast that they erased almost all the gains of the previous 70 years, roughly one out of every three manufacturing jobs —about 6 million in total? If you do repetitive, average work, a staple of middle-class Americans, your prospects for future job satisfaction and lifestyle fulfillment will be limited. Your job could be next to be eliminated.
During the Feb. 4 Wisconsin-Ohio State basketball game in Madison, the announcers told us that Badger Coach Bo Ryan had made copies of a recent Tom Friedman column, published in The New York Times and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and he gave them to members of his team to motivate them to raise the level of their play and not be satisfied with average.