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Geeks Geezers and Googlization Podcast

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There's a lot of Crazy HR SHIFT going on! Our Geeks, Geezers and Googlization Podcast tries to help listeners like you make sense of this new world of unknown unknown. We talk about the future of work, jobs, careers, business, and HR. Our guests include fascinating and successful industry thought l… read more

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Hiring Right is Hardly a "No-Brainer"

May 20th, 2020


Hiring right is definitely not the “no-brainer” many HR and hiring managers think it is. They often allow conscious and unintended bias to cloud their judgment and predictable decision-making. The disappointing success …

We All Need More Grace

May 13th, 2020


Success will not be measured the same way in the New Normal as it was just a few months ago. Hopefully that’s a good thing. Recovering from the …

The Post-Pandemic Dawn of HR Digitization

May 6th, 2020


Business is re-opening and life is anything but normal. The past has been decoupled from the present and future. HR practices and processes that used to work don’t work the same way. Even if they do work, getting things …

They Didn't Get Your Memo

April 29th, 2020


Chances are that between emails, Zoom, Slack, text, and even phone, you’ve sent an important message to your employees that was missed or ignored. The information spigot is open. More than 560 billion emails are sent …

Shattering the Millennial Stereotype

April 22nd, 2020


Brianna Shelko is a Millennial. But you’d never guess she belongs to the generation that’s been called Trophy Kids, spoiled brats, self-centered, digital addicts...and that’s only what we can print! Simply mentioning  …

Life on the Exponential Curve

April 15th, 2020


A funny thing happened on the road to tomorrow. The SHIFT hit our plans! Now that the pandemic curve is flattening, our focus shifts to re-opening America (or the world for that matter.) What will “normal” look like? …

Chomping at the Bit to Reopen Your Business?

April 8th, 2020


Is there anyone on this planet that would question that navigating the pandemic has been disruptive, uncomfortable, stressful, and downright …

The Race to Normalcy, Throw Out Your Old Playbook

April 1st, 2020


Eventually, the COVID-19 crisis will pass. Management will reach for its playbook for getting back to normal. Unfortunately this time, there is no playbook. There is no modern-day parallel.

This pandemic triggered one …

Mindfulness and Wellbeing: Skills to Thrive and Survive a Pandemic

March 11th, 2020


Our health and wellbeing are being severely tested. Personal stress levels are in overdrive, or as we like to say on Geeks Geezers and Googlization, the SHIFT is hitting a lot of plans. Just minutes before this episode, …

Critical Moment: How to Manage Coronavirus Fears in the Workplace

March 4th, 2020


There’s a lot of things your company can’t control and the coronavirus is just one of them. But how you respond should be at the tip of your tongue. …

Candidate Resentment: Not The Experience HR Expected

February 26th, 2020


A job candidate should walk away from the recruitment experience feeling good, even if rejected. But despite billions of dollars invested in HR …

Say YES to Intuition

February 20th, 2020


Do you get your best ideas standing in the shower or when you wake up a few minutes early? Or how about a “hunch” that something good or bad is going to happen but have no facts to back it up? They don’t happen by …

Straight From the Heart: Leading and Living Above The Line

February 12th, 2020


Companies spend billions of dollars trying to get the best of their people. They coach, mentor, and train and yet talent shortages grow and employee …

Phishing, Civil War, Job Descriptions

February 6th, 2020


It just doesn’t get any wilder than this triple play of odd HR topics: phishing, Civil War, and job descriptions. But as it turns out, lessons learned from the Civil War can be applied to modern day workforce challenges …

Remembering The Father of Disruptive Innovation

February 2nd, 2020


Kobe, Shaq, Bono, Sting, Madonna, Cher are celebrities recognized by one name. A less famous but no less extraordinary individual was also recognized in the entrepreneurial and business community by one name - Clay. The …

The New ROI: What's the Worth of Your Employees?

January 22nd, 2020


“People may be a company’s most valuable asset” but they don’t appear on a company’s balance sheet as an asset. They are, however, captured on the income statement as an expense. That is in sharp contrast to how HR …

Disrupting HR: Why It Can't Be Just Another Buzzword This Time

January 16th, 2020


Three in 5 HR leaders believe if the HR function doesn’t modernize, it may become irrelevant, according to a recent KPMG survey. The word “modernize” seems like a safe word. It resonates with HR and management because …

Breakthrough! Unleashing Human Potential

January 10th, 2020


With so many organizations challenged to grow and become more productive and innovative, maximizing each employee’s “bandwidth” is imperative. That oftentimes seems is easier said than done. So on this episode, we sat …

Hiring Outlook 2020: Deja Vu All Over Again?

December 19th, 2019


With the unemployment rate at historic lows, quit rates near all-times, and a stock market on fire, business leaders are anxious about the hiring outlook 2020. Will job creation continue? Will 2020 become déjà vu all …

Recruiting in a World of Talent Poverty

December 13th, 2019


Imagine a workplace where projects replace jobs, skills replace job titles, workers pitch their skills, and employers bid on them to create the best possible match. Despite significant investments in workforce planning, …

A Cure for the Common Company Culture

November 27th, 2019


Toxic workplace cultures cost US businesses $223 Billion in the past 5 years and drove 20% of employees out of their jobs.  Investment in growing …

9 Faces of HR Meets Future of HR

November 21st, 2019


Candidates hate it. Most recruiters aren’t satisfied either. But more than 98% of Fortune 500 companies use an ATS (applicant tracking software) to recruit workers. As we approach 2020, what HR tech is working and …

Moms Return to Work After Career Break

November 14th, 2019


Are you a working Mom on a career break (or an employer seeking more skilled workers?) Then don’t miss this episode of Geeks Geezers and Googlization. Listen to serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Reena Gupta share …

Why Does Everyone Still Love to Bash Millennials?

November 11th, 2019


Millennials are possibly the most maligned generation in modern history. Why? The oldest Millennials are 40-something, the youngest in their 20s. …

Why Are We Still Talking about Candidate Experience?

November 3rd, 2019


After spending $250 Billion on HR technology for recruitment, interviewing, and assessments, the candidate experience should be spectacular. But it’s …

HR Must Learn to Spell CX

October 24th, 2019


CX. Just what HR needs, another acronym!  But don’t swipe left just yet. Bad candidate experience is almost single-handedly killing your talent acquisition efforts. Plain and simple - job seekers aren’t happy. Half of …

Unleash Your Curiosity, The Skill That Just Keeps Giving

October 16th, 2019


If you could pick just one job skill to learn, develop, and grow, it should be curiosity. Curiosity is so important that you might say that curiosity …

An Athlete's Fight to End Gender Discrimination

October 11th, 2019


Rhonda Leeman Taylor is taking the same competitive fight and lessons of leadership, teamwork,and perseverance she learned on the ice to beat an even tougher opponent - gender discrimination in our communities and …

HR Tech: Transformative, Scary, and Weird

October 4th, 2019


Congratulations Geeks Geezers and Googlization. To celebrate Season 2, my co-host Keith Campagna is live on the floor of #HRTechConf 2019.

Keith’s …

Design a Company Culture Employees Love

September 25th, 2019


Josh Levine has a disturbing message for HR and executives in the C-Suite: ignore company culture at your own risk. New SHRM stats prove his point. 1 …

The Evolution of Leadership: Lead with Purpose

September 24th, 2019


“Leadership needs to evolve,” says our guest John Dame. “Leaders need to lead with purpose.” Employees need leaders who they can trust, deliver …

Mindful Leadership: A Business Imperative

September 11th, 2019


Pandit Dasa, a former monk, has an extraordinary vision for Workforce 2030, quite different than the dystopian view of robots and machines kicking us out of jobs over the next decade. Pandit imagines a workforce where …

Conflict Management Can Be Like Fertilizer

September 8th, 2019


“Conflict can be like fertilizer. It stinks while you’re in it, but in the long run, it fosters growth,” says our guest Kira Nurieli, founder of Harmony Strategies Group. During this episode Kira reveals 3 crucial …

Using HR Tech to Humanize Recruitment

August 22nd, 2019


HR has a human bandwidth problem. The demand for talent is skyrocketing at the same time companies struggle with unprecedented competition for labor. Unfortunately inefficiencies and task-intensive workloads overwhelm …

Leadership When SHIFT Hits Your Plane

August 14th, 2019


When Dave Sanderson sat down on that plane 10 years ago, he had no clue that he was about to experience a "plane crash moment" that would alter his …

Your Recruiting Sucks, Stop Lying and Fix It!

August 8th, 2019


Talent acquisition is at the tipping point. The way talent acquisition gets done should scare the SHIFT out of management. Recruiting is broken and …

Prediction Isn’t My Job, Rehearse the Future

August 1st, 2019


What good is a futurist if he can’t predict? According to our guest Frank Diana, “prediction isn’t my job.” That seems to be a pretty odd thing for a futurist to say. But Frank’s response unleashed a flood of ideas when …

Leading Change with Empathy

July 24th, 2019


The American Workplace is Broken. Eighty-three percent of workers say they’re stressed about their jobs and 50 percent say it’s interfering with their sleep. We can no longer expect our employees to compartmentalize …

Video Learning: What You Need, When You Need It| Season 02:027

July 17th, 2019


When you purchase a device and you need help learning how to use it, it's likely you tap your screen and search YouTube. When employees want to learn a new skill, they typically have to request time off or wait weeks or …

Did the Future Come Too Soon for HR? Lessons From #SHRM19 | Season 2:026

July 11th, 2019


The future came too soon for HR, according to HR veteran and one of HR's top bloggers Mike Haberman. He joined us just a few days after #SHRM19. Mike attended quite a few session on AI at the conference including mine …

DREAMS Big! It’s Time to Reinvent Education | Season 2:025

June 26th, 2019


The demand for skilled workers is skyrocketing. Workers need new and better skills. Unfortunately education is tied with prisons and churches when it comes to innovation according to Noelle Kellich, Head of Teaching and …

Did Google Just Blow Up Your Recruitment Strategy Again? | Season 2: 024

June 19th, 2019


Happy birthday Google for Jobs!  It's been 2 years since you disrupted recruitment marketing forever. To "celebrate" Google recently announced another major algorithm update. This time mobile-first indexing goes into …

Warning! We're Living in Future Shock | Season 2: 023

June 13th, 2019


50 years ago Alvin Toffler warned us about Future Shock, a time when "too much change in too short a period of time” would leave us overwhelmed, …

How Do You Unlock Employee Potential? | Season 02:022

June 6th, 2019


Unemployment rates are at record lows.  Employee turnover is at a 10-year high. Your competitors have undoubtedly placed targets on the backs of your top talent. Without training and development, these workers are 12X …

Can Podcasting Open A Recruiter's Door to Top Talent? | Season 2 : 021:

May 30th, 2019


Hey Recruiters? Looking for a way to attract and engage more top talent? I'll bet you never thought about podcasting for talent! Podcasting might just be that secret sauce recruiters need to reach more candidates. …

Season 2:020 Save Your Job: Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

May 23rd, 2019


Worried about a robot taking your job?  Boosting your emotional intelligence may be your ticket to a long, lucrative career. With machines becoming more intelligent every day, it is essential that all of us focus on …

Season 2: 019 Millennials, Labor, and 2020 Economic Trends

May 11th, 2019


Wondering where emerging trends will lead our economy and labor markets in 2020? You'll want to tune in and hear from our guest today, Alan Beaulieu

Season 2: 018 Crippling Costs of Caregiving Crisis

May 2nd, 2019


A caregiver crisis is growing at an alarming rate ... and we're not just talking about a lack of caregivers. Every day workers are forced to choose between being a good employee and being a good son, daughter, and …

Season 2: 017 People Analytics: Can Data Save The H in HR?

April 29th, 2019


Technology, globalization, and shifting demographics are emasculating the traditional ways and means of recruitment. Are candidates instantly …

Bonus Episode: Pre-Employment Testing: Junk or Science?

April 22nd, 2019


Listen to this podcast before using another pre-employment testing! Are pre-hire tests just junk marketing or based on predictive science? In this special episode of Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization, podcast host Ira S …

Season 2: 016 Knock, Knock! Humor That Works

April 19th, 2019


Humor Engineer is not an oxymoron. It's a new role every worker should master, according to the first Humor Engineer and Humor That Works author …

Session 2: 014 Engaging Top Talent with Digital Age Job Descriptions

April 4th, 2019


The recruitment process is a terrible experience for most job candidates beginning with job descriptions. Ongig co-founder Rob Kelly has a better idea. Imagine posting your next job listing using video, images, company …

Season 2: 013 Why Is HR Still Fighting for a Seat at the Table 25 Years Later?

March 31st, 2019

Is your organization struggling with people problems? Then don't miss this episode of Geeks Geezers and Googlization.

For 25 years, Human Resources has been fighting for respect, for the proverbial seat at the table. …

Season2 : 012 HR, UX, and World of Unknown Unknowns

March 21st, 2019


Jeff Gothelf, author of "Sense and Respond," shared his favorite stat - Amazon releases new software updates every 11.6 seconds - during this episode of Geeks Geezers and Googlization. Amazon and companies like Netflix …

Season 2: 011 Hacking HR: Saving "Technology Refugees"

March 15th, 2019


Are you a "technology refugee? HR evangelist Enrique Rubio stopped by this week's Geeks Geezers Googlization show to chat about his article "Do …

Season2: 010 HR & People Analytics: Where's the Proof?

March 9th, 2019


People analytics is consistently one of the top 2 trends in HR today (the other being candidate experience), but despite the fact that more than 70% of CEOs identify human capital as a key source of competitive …

Season 2 : 009 AI, Video & Emergence of Microlearning

February 27th, 2019


First of all, before I jump into this week's Geeks Geezers and Googlization podcast about the evolution of L&D (learning and development), who …

Season 2: 007 Workplace Violence: Tips to Prevent and Survive

February 22nd, 2019


Workplace Violence: Is it something that social media and news outlets have normalized within our culture? Current statistics state that over the …

Season 2: 005 How to Plug Company Career Site Leaks

February 20th, 2019


David Searns, Haley Marketing CEO, stopped by Geeks Geezers and Googlization this week to discuss the staffing industry's post-Indeedageddon era. (For those of you who don't know, effective 1/7/19 Indeed no longer …

Season 2: 006 How to Make Google for Jobs Work for You

February 19th, 2019


According to our guest Venkat Janaparaddy, CEO of Jobiak, over 80% of jobs are not getting indexed by Google. That's a huge problem because 73% of job seekers start their job search on Google! That's why Venkat came up …

Season 2: 004 -Job Descriptions & Accidental HR Manager

February 1st, 2019


Job Descriptions are the most unlikely topic for a fun but informative podcast. And yet, our guest today, Karen Young, CEO of HR Resolutions, managed …

Season 2: 003 Are 3rd Party Recruiters Worth The Money?

January 24th, 2019


Is working with a 3rd party recruiter worth it? If yes, when is the right time to hire a recruiter and what are reasonable expectations? As more and more companies turn to search firms, or "headhunters," executive …

Season 2: 002 Job Hunting: Time to Go Back to School

January 18th, 2019


Job hunting used to be so easy. Send a resume. Fill out an application. Schedule an interview. Get hired. Today, it's become a lot more complicated. …

Season 2: 001 Candidate Experience or Resentment 2019

January 9th, 2019


Founded in 2011, Talent Board wanted to shed light on companies that were attempting to improve the candidate experience. About 3 ½ years ago, our guest on today’s show, Kevin Grossman, was approached with the offer to …

012 Is The Diploma A Bad Hiring Credential?

December 20th, 2018


Our guest today is Danny Iny, author of Leveraged Learning and CEO of the online business education company, Mirasee. With his works followed by …

011 Social Media, AI, MeToo & Employment Law

December 13th, 2018


Today, Keith and I are happy to have Eric Meyer on the show discussing social media as it applies to at-will employment and HR.

A partner in the …

Episode 010: Employee Well Being Builds Bottom Line

December 6th, 2018


With 300 million people worldwide suffering from depression and with depression and anxiety disorders costing over 1 trillion dollars each year, I …

009 Helping HR and Recruiters Become Marketers

November 29th, 2018


Today we’re talking with Phil Strazzulla, CEO and Founder of the recruitment marketing company, Next Wave Hire, and creator of the YouTube series

008 Hire Veterans For The Right Reasons

November 23rd, 2018


Today, we’re talking with a man who was pronounced dead at birth, diagnosed as retarded by his guidance counselor, and never spoke a word until he …

005 Can AI Help Hire Talent Who Have Jobs?

November 1st, 2018

Is AI something that could be utilized in the recruitment process without eliminating the need for the human element in HR? This week, Keith and I …

004 The Future of Talent Acquisition

October 26th, 2018


This week’s podcast features our guest Janine Woodworth, Director of Strategic Services at Jobvite. Janine, Keith, and I had a fast-paced conversation about the current state of talent acquisition, why corporations are …

003 HR's Role in the Era of #MeToo

October 18th, 2018


This week on The Geeks Geezers and Googlization Show we’re talking about the #MeToo movement and its effects on the culture of HR as we know it. …

002 Why Do Older People Bash Millennials?

October 10th, 2018


On this episode of The Geeks Geezers and Googlization Show, we’re talking with the Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, Jason Feifer. Keith, Jason, and I dive deep into the resentment that each generation seems to …

BeTheTalk147: Make Change Work for You with Ira Wolfe

June 27th, 2018


Join me on BeTheTalk, a 7 day a week podcast, where Nathan Eckel chats with me about my journey to and from my TEDx talk, living in a VUCA world.

Ira …

Is HR on the Fast Track to Irrelevance?

May 26th, 2018


Is HR on the fast track to irrelevance or what will it take for HR to finally get a “seat at the table?” Those are just a few of the critical questions discussed in this episode of Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization. My …

Future of Work: Meet Generation R(obot)

April 29th, 2018


True or False? 

There is a brewing technological storm threatening to eliminate hundreds of jobs and leave millions of workers without a paycheck.

6 Ways to Make Your Job Posts Stand Out

March 20th, 2018


This podcast is the second in a 2-part series. You can listen to the 1st podcast here.

For decades, posting a job opening was a relatively simple task. All a recruiter had to do was share the job description across the …

Business Builders Show Interview with Ira S Wolfe

March 18th, 2018


Business Builders Show host Marty Wolff interviews Ira S. Wolfe, author of this great new book Recruiting in the Age of Googlization: When The Shift …

Simple SEM and SEO Hacks for Recruiters in 2018

March 17th, 2018


Google receives 300 million job-related search requests each month, which makes up nearly 30 percent of all Google searches. Unfortunately, for many organizations, there's often a significant disconnect between how job …

Introduction Chapter | Recruiting in the Age of Googlizations

March 7th, 2018


"Shift or die. It's that simple." These are the opening words of the new best seller Recruiting in the Age of Googlization. Author Ira S Wolfe …

Talent Acquisition: 2018 is the Year of the Video

January 27th, 2018


“Is this year going to be more challenged than last year” when it comes to talent acquisition. "Yes" is the nearly unanimous answer!

Consequently, recruiters and HR are scrambling to chase top talent. Unfortunately …

How to Use Video to Attract and Engage Top Talent with Guest Lou Bortone

December 15th, 2017


Recruiting top talent in 2018 - from the production floor to the C-Suite - will be more competitive than ever. To reach and engage qualified candidates, organizations must stand out. And no matter how creative the …

Millennials: Bad Attitudes or Low Emotional Intelligence?

April 15th, 2017


Sociology professor Tony Campolo said, “I am convinced we don’t live in a generation of bad kids. We live in a generation of kids who know too much …

It’s Not a Misprint: Millennials on the Same Page as Baby Boomers

February 14th, 2017


A Baby Boomer walks into a room and finds 3 smart, hard-working Millennials sitting at a table.

That’s it. There is no joke. Sparks didn’t fly. Attitudes didn’t clash. The Millennials didn’t ask to be CEO tomorrow. …

Leadership Needs a New Game Plan with Dr. Liz Alexander and Dr. Ira Wolfe

January 28th, 2017


In these VUCA (Volatile-Uncertain-Complex-Ambiguous) times, what’s next seems to be top of everyone’s mind these days from the coffee shop to the …

What's the Purpose of Business if It Isn't Money?

December 27th, 2016


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 …

What Does the Future of Work Look Like Now?

December 4th, 2016


What does 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 …

It's Extraordinary: Millennials, Gen Z, and Technology Converge

September 26th, 2016


Whether you believe that change is going to impact your business 2 years, 5 years, or 10 years from now, Ira S Wolfe has some breaking news. 

There …

"Code Red" for Talent Management?

August 28th, 2016


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 …

Setting the Record Straight about DISC

June 24th, 2016


DISC is one of the most popular assessment tools on the planet. Millions of people complete the assessment each year. And still it's often …

What Happens When The Tired, Wired, and Technology Converge

May 31st, 2016


Bashing Millennials has become a national pastime. Older generations watch and wonder who invaded the souls of nearly 80 million American …

Recruiting is Changing Faster Than You Think

May 24th, 2016


Most everyone recognizes that technology is changing the way we work and the pace of change is accelerating ...except when it comes to how companies …

Recruiters to Millennials: Can you hear me now?

May 23rd, 2016


85 percent of Americans ages 18-29 (Millennials) are smartphone owners. For many of them, the recruiting pitch lobbed to Millennials is so far outside the strike zone, the candidates just step back and vanish.

If your …

Confessions of a Millennial Basher

May 22nd, 2016


Bashing Millennials has become a national pastime. Described as narcissistic, immature, trophy kid slackers, this generation (born between 1980 and 1996) has become the "alien" generation. Other generations watch and …

High Cost of a Bad Hire

May 15th, 2016


Truth be told, the cost of a bad hire induces widespread collateral damage — like spending $100 bills to earn pennies. When you consider that a toxic …

Recrooglization: Recruiting in the Age of Googlization

May 15th, 2016


“This [interview] is a clinic for small business owners and HR.”

Those were the words used by Business Builder Show hosts Marty Wolff and Kerry …

The ABCs of Emotional Intelligence

May 12th, 2016


Until recently emotional intelligence was largely ignored or dismissed. But with volatility, uncertainty, complexity,and ambiguity confronting us on …

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