10 episodes

Ira S Wolfe is a “Gen Y trapped in a Baby Boomer body.” He is a widely respected expert, speaker and consultant on workforce trends and recruiting, selecting and retaining top performers, and small business solutions. In addition to serving as president and founder of Success Performance Solutions, he is a popular speaker at conferences, organizations, and Vistage/Canada TEC groups. For each show, Join Ira each week as he interviews experts and business leaders about best small business practices they use, significant challenges they face, and business mistakes they hope not to repeat. Each show is guaranteed to be filled with practical tips, innovative solutions, and controversial topics. Tune in every week to Workforce Trends or download it as a podcast.

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Ira S Wolfe is a “Gen Y trapped in a Baby Boomer body.” He is a widely respected expert, speaker and consultant on workforce trends and recruiting, selecting and retaining top performers, and small business solutions. In addition to serving as president and founder of Success Performance Solutions, he is a popular speaker at conferences, organizations, and Vistage/Canada TEC groups. For each show, Join Ira each week as he interviews experts and business leaders about best small business practices they use, significant challenges they face, and business mistakes they hope not to repeat. Each show is guaranteed to be filled with practical tips, innovative solutions, and controversial topics. Tune in every week to Workforce Trends or download it as a podcast.

    Build A Winning Team With Personality Poker

    Build A Winning Team With Personality Poker

    Building a high performing team for many organizations is just a crapshoot. Business owners and managers often bet the house when they hire the “ace”- a top performing super-star - only to find out he or she doesn’t fit in with the rest of the team. Stephen Shapiro, one of the foremost authorities on innovation and collaboration, has just published a new book called “Personality Poker” that describes how businesses can turn the team building gamble into a sure bet. Join me for the next Workforce Trends Blog Talk Radio Show when my guest Stephen Shapiro reveals why:

    • Opposites do NOT attract and that leads into dysfunctional relationships
    • The person you like the least may be the person you need the most
    • The Golden Rule is wrong and how it may alienate others
    • Most organizations are “cults” that stifle creativity, individuality, and innovation.
    Learn how leaders can assemble a high performing team using each person’s strengths resulting in better outcomes, more efficiency, and higher productivity.

    About Stephen Shapiro: Stephen Shapiro's insights apply to virtually any organization, big or small, he has contributed to shifting the innovation culture for such Fortune 500 organization as Staples, GE, BP, Johnson & Johnson, Fidelity Investments, Pearson Education, Nestlé, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Over the years, Stephen has shared his innovative philosophy in books such as 24/7 Innovation and The Little Book of BIG Innovation Ideas and has been featured in New York Times, Newsweek, O-The Oprah Magazine and Investor’s Business Daily. As the founder and creator of a 20,000 person internal innovation practice within Accenture, and advisor to hundreds of organizations worldwide, Stephen possesses a rare and extensive arsenal of tools allowing him to arm any organization with the knowledge they need to shift their most threatening challenges.

    • 29 min
    The Greatness Zone – Know Yourself, Find Your Fit, Transform the World

    The Greatness Zone – Know Yourself, Find Your Fit, Transform the World

    Why are some people happy, successful and effective at work while other very capable people fail? What do they know that the rest of us don’t?

    Join me for this week’s Workforce Trends show when Jay Forte introduces his new book, The Greatness Zone. Jay will reveal his simple formula for success - self-awareness. Self-awareness, according to Jay, differentiates top performers from those individuals who spend their life hopping from job to job looking for a better job, a different workplace, a better life.

    Tune in, call in Wednesday at 10 AM EDT. Learn how you can find your Greatness Zone. Learn how you can identify candidates and employers who have discovered living in The Greatness Zone.

    • 30 min
    What Employers Need To Know About Protecting Intellectual Property

    What Employers Need To Know About Protecting Intellectual Property

    Do you know if your company’s intellectual property is protected? Is your social media and online content protected? Who owns the materials generated by employees, contractors, and users?
    Attorney Erik Pelton, founder of Erik M. Pelton & Associates, will discuss steps to identify I.P. and notify others about it, and why intellectual property is one the hand easier than ever to create, and on the other hand easier than ever to steal. Erik will discuss steps employers can take to create policies that will help ensure that the company’s intellectual property is accounted for and protected.

    • 29 min
    Will Virtual Communication Replace On-Site Meetings?

    Will Virtual Communication Replace On-Site Meetings?

    Getting people together face-to-face is getting more difficult and expensive. Advances in technology, increases in bandwidth, and affordable solutions are changing the way business schedule on-site meetings, doctors deliver care, and students attend classes. Join me on this week's Workforce Trends Blog Talk Radio with my guest Mark Edward Pearlstein, the National Account Manager at BenComm when we discuss how the latest technology is improving the ability to schedule and conduct business with face to face meetings in real time, anywhere in the world with minimal training and investment.

    • 29 min
    Social Media Problems And Pitfalls HR Needs To Know

    Social Media Problems And Pitfalls HR Needs To Know

    Social media is fun, free and easy. More people use it each day for business as well as for pleasure. But despite the promises of using social media for recruiting, marketing, and employee engagement, employers must not ignore the employment law implication associated with privacy, confidentiality, and discrimination. Join host Ira S Wolfe on this week’s Workforce Trends Blog Talk Radio show when he interviews Bill Egan, head of the Labor & Employment group at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ira and Bill will discuss the problems, liabilities, and legal pitfalls of using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media in the workplace. The show will be live at 11 AM EDT. Have a question about social media policy? The call in number is 646-200-3752. Don’t have a question? Just call to share how social media is or isn’t working in your workplace.

    • 31 min
    Why Is Small Business Having Trouble Finding Qualifed Workers?

    Why Is Small Business Having Trouble Finding Qualifed Workers?

    Out of work candidates complain that employers are offering sub-standard compensation? Employers say candidates don’t have the skills and attitude required to do the jobs? Despite high unemployment, a surprising number of employers say they are getting an underwhelming response, and many are having trouble filling open positions. Join host Ira S Wolfe on this week’s Workforce Trends Blog Talk Radio when he speaks with 3 successful small business executives who are having trouble filling open positions. My guests this week will be Dave Hatter, President and founder at Libertas Technologies, LLC, Scott Kerschbaumer, Co-CEO of ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare, and Mike Kleinberg, CFO of Solera Salon, Inc.

    • 44 min

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