The Perfect Labor Storm Blog – a one-stop source for expert advice about current and future workforce and workplace trends from workforce and talent management thought leader Ira S Wolfe. Articles are written to be both informative and provocative, to instruct, coach, and challenge our followers. Topics include recruiting and hiring best practices. generation gaps, and innovative solutions future work trends to name just a few.  Comments are welcome and discussion encouraged.

3 Things Recruiters Must Do to Stay Relevant

The world is changing rapidly and the pace of that change is accelerating. Just about everything we knew and believed about work, jobs, careers, and the workplace is being obsolete. Five millions jobs may be lost as early as 2020 according to the World Economic Forum. Many of those jobs may include recruiters. It is…

10 Things You Should Know about Automation and Jobs

Technology needs no help to disrupt work and displace people. It inherently accelerates change driven on its own momentum. The pace of that change is also accelerating. As a result, automation and jobs have been nearly synonymous.  Just about everything we knew and believed about work, jobs, careers, and the workplace is moving rapidly toward…

Recruit Elusive Talent During Extraordinary Challenging Times

The people responsible to recruit elusive talent, from the C-suite to hiring managers, are missing a once-in-a-lifetime trend. This trend encapsulates everything that is wrong with talent acquisition today. And it is going to challenge even the best recruiters and frustrate the most competent managers more in 2017. That one trend is not the rise of…

Will 2017 Be The Tipping Point for HR and Artificial Intelligence?

If artificial intelligence company acquisitions are any indication, then the answer is a resounding yes.  In fact, A.I. might be the next “land grab” with Apple, Google, Intel, Oracle, Amazon, Microsoft, GE and Twitter all buying A.I. companies last year. Some of these companies were bought for their technology they built. But others were picked…

Podcast | What is the Purpose of Business?

Purpose, vision, and mission often get bantered about in board rooms as if the words held magical powers.  They don’t. It’s the passion and action behind those words that matter.   During this podcast, my friend and colleague John Dame didn’t waste any time tackling one of the biggest concerns we hear from executives and…

How to Make 2017 Really Matter | Make Change Work

If you can’t play a single note that people want to hear, is it still worth learning to play an instrument? Seth Godin posed that question to his recent TED talk audience. He then instructs audience members to raise their right hand.  He repeats the request by asking them to raise it higher.  All comply…

Season’s Readings from Ira S Wolfe

It’s time to wrap up 2016…and what a year it was.  Now it’s a time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. What lies ahead is unprecedented change and unlimited new opportunity for anyone who keeps an open mind and positive attitude. With that perspective I’ve prepared my Season…

10 Trends Disrupting How (and if) Recruiters Will Work

The world is changing rapidly and the pace of that change is accelerating. Just about everything we knew and believed about work, jobs, careers, and the workplace is being obsolete. Five millions jobs may be lost as early as 2020 according to the World Economic Forum. Many of those jobs may include recruiters. It is not…

Are Jobseekers Better at Finding Jobs Than Companies Recruiting Talent?

Many organizations feel like they are trying to find a needle in a growing haystack when it comes to recruiting talent. Just read the headlines and you’ll likely get a daily dose about how difficult it is for companies to find the right people.  Despite the high awareness of the impact that a growing skill gap…

Future Jobs, Future Work

What do future  jobs and the future of work look like was the focus of a recent interview I had with Rick Anthony on his Entrepreneurs Network Radio show. Like most of our conversations, we started off with a discussion about the multi-generational workforce.  And like we do so often it led off with a…

What’s Next for Talent Acquisition in 2017?

Talent acquisition has become big business. More than $240 billion are spent annually on it in the United States. What’s behind this explosive growth? The answers are nothing new. Unless you just woke up from a 25-year deep sleep, companies are in a war for talent thanks to globalization, exponential change, technology, skill shortages, baby…

Change, Autonomous Cars and TEDx

I had an idea worth sharing! Make change work for you. And I shared that idea from the red carpet to several hundred TED and TEDx fans recently (and hopefully tens of thousands more when the video is posted on TEDx’s YouTube channel). Without going into all the details, most people accept that change is…

Podcast | Millennials, Gen Z, and Technology Are Changing Normal

Whether you believe that change is going to impact your business 2 years, 5 years, or 10 years from now, I’ve got breaking news. Millennials, Gen Z, and technology are changing normal. And whatever time frame you believe you have to adapt… cut it in half. The future is happening much faster on a greater…

How Will the Millennials Vote This November?

The upcoming 2016 Presidential election is the first time that every member of the Millennial generation is eligible to vote. That makes it a good time to revisit the Millennials. For some people the Millennials have become synonymous with the “trophy generation.” In the rare chance you’re not familiar with them, they are the maligned…

Ira S Wolfe Earns Coveted Spot at TEDxLehighRiver 2016

  BETHLEHEM, Pa – SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 – TEDxLehighRiver, an independently organized TED event, will return to Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown on Saturday, September 17 from noon to 5 p.m.  TEDxLehighRiver, will include live presentations, pre-recorded TEDTalks, and networking/conversation about “Ideas Worth Sharing.” The 2016 speakers include Success Performance Solutions President and Founder Ira…

Ageism: Apparently Companies Didn’t Receive the Memo Yet!

Remember way back when….let’s say the 1980s and 1990s when 40 years old was considered middle age and 50 years old was over the hill? Living to be 90 and even 100 hundred years old has become the norm, not the celebrated exception anymore. And with longevity and an extended quality of life, all age-related…

Is It “Code Red” for Talent Management and HR?

  Talent management is in a “state of confusion.” Those were the words of Mike Haberman, a long term friend and colleague of mine. I respect Mike a lot and scheduled him for a very long overdue interview. Listen to the Podcast Here   During this brief interview we covered a lot of territory from…

Monster Acquisition: It’s an Epic Fail

Casual observers might consider the acquisition of Monster by Randstad as just another example of capitalism at work.  It falls at the heels of Indeed’s recent acquisition of SimplyHired and Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. Many analysts and talking heads suggest it is market consolidation. The real reason is one worth hearing. It’s an Epic Fail…

6 Employees Will Quit Their Jobs Before You Finish Reading This!

In the time it takes most of you to read this article – about a minute or two, here’s what will change around the world and inside our bodies. There were 5 earthquakes around the world Lightning struck the earth 6000 times 250 babies were born 144 people moved to a new home 116 people…

Why Many Baby Boomers Don’t Feel or Act “Our Age”

When an aging Baby Boomer sees himself (or herself) in the mirror, who does he see?  The aging worker…or the youthful contributor? A series of photographs by Tom Hussey, an award-winning lifestyle advertising photographer, vividly captures what is surely going through the minds of many Baby Boomers and the older Veteran generation. It sure reflects how…

SHIFT – When Your Journey Is Only 1% Complete

“Our journey is only 1% complete.” Those words are the internal motto at Facebook. It’s a daily reminder that continuous success isn’t a destination but a journey.   But how would you feel waking up each day knowing you are no further toward your goal than you were yesterday? Depressed and frustrated? Or motivated and…

Is it possible to bring the jobs back?

<This article was first published by the Herald-Tribune on June 27, 2016> Partially as a result of the great recession and the housing debacle, many jobs have disappeared in the United States. Where did these jobs go and will they come back? About China According to NBC News, 2.7 million jobs were lost to China…

Where Can Small Business Find Talent?

As much as things change, some things remain the same. That is certainly the case when it comes to recruiting new talent. Word of mouth has been and still is the best source. In a recent survey by LinkedIn, nearly one quarter of employees who were recently hired at a small or mid-sized business heard…

Welcome to the Exponential Age

The Exponential Age: That’s what Udo Gollub calls life as we now know it. He begins a recent article with this: In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot…

Podcast|Confessions from a Recovering Millennial Basher

I have a confession to make. I’m a recovering millennial basher. For several years I hopped on the stereotype bandwagon and spewed rhetoric about the narcissistic, digitally obsessed, trophy-kid millennial Generation. I even devoted a chapter or two to it in my book Geeks, Geezers and Googlization. Listen here or continue reading! But time and blinding…

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