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Ira Wolfe
Ira S Wolfe is president of Success Performance Solutions ( and the author of several books including "Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization" ( "Perfect Labor Storm
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Entries by Ira Wolfe

It's Not Lack of Skills, Stupid

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:18 PM

The debate rages on whether a lack of skilled workers is the reason millions of jobs are going unfilled. I'd like to suggest that it's not the skills as much as lack of effort. In fact, I give many workers an "F" for effort.

But that doesn't mean it's all...

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Average Is Over: Self-Motivation Key to Skills and Jobs

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 5:53 PM

Average is officially over. From this point forward it will be tough to be an employee who receives good wages with just average skills.

Last night, I overheard a waiter sharing with guests at the next table that he really wanted to be an architect but he wasn't very good...

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Ban the Box: What's Next? Ban the Job Application?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:34 AM

As an employer and small business owner, my first reaction to Ban the Box legislation is "no way."

For those of you unfamiliar with Ban the Box, it's a campaign by many civil rights groups and social advocates to remove from the job application, the "check box"...

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If Only Employers and Workers Would Act Like Adults

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:23 PM

The U.S. is in a real pickle. Job creation is improving but slowly and unemployment remains high. The rich seem to be getting richer while the unemployed and under-employed are falling into deeper depression and debt. Hopes for any immediate solution are dashed quickly because the rich and the poor,...

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Why Many Unemployed Workers Will Never Get Jobs

(536) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Despite steady but slow economic improvement, unemployed workers aren't finding jobs. With each passing day, more and more workers with out-of-date skills will find themselves on the outside looking in.

While dissension between political parties about fixing the economy is fierce and turf battles muddy up regional and local solutions,...

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New Report Paints Bleak Future for Long-Term Unemployed

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:17 PM

For the unemployed, the road back to employment is littered with potholes and landmines. For many, the roads have simply collapsed or disappeared.

In a paper presented this week at the Brookings Institute, Princeton University professor Alan Krueger discussed the prospects for turning around long-term unemployment. In...

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An Honest Discussion About the Generation Gap Starts With Finding Common Ground

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 5:25 PM

The topic of a growing generation gap is like the tide at the beach -- it comes in, it goes out. But everyone now and then the waves get a little rough. We seem to be experiencing one of those rough periods right now.

During the past few days, I've...

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11 Signs We're Entering A "Demograpylypse"

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 4:20 PM

demo • grap • y • lypse n.

1. a disclosure or revelation of demographics

2. an event of great importance resulting from demographic shifts

There are four major demographic shifts that will significantly influence business in the coming decade:

1. The aging population as the "baby...

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'My Life Will Be Over': A Gen Y's Perspective on Working Full-Time?

(6) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 8:34 PM

I must be getting old. That troubles me because I pride myself in thinking young... although my body on many days seems to have another agenda. But a conversation I overheard in the gym last night stopped this "Gen Y trapped in a baby boomer" dead in his tracks.

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Why Most Workforce Development Efforts Don't Work

(15) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:58 PM

Q: What happens when the Future of Work meets the Traditional Workforce?
A: A Perfect Labor Storm

Like many other things wrong with our economy, slow job creation gets lots of attention. But while more jobs would be a good thing, many of them might go unfilled...

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Gray Ceiling Darkens Job Hopes for Millennials

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 7:31 PM

Generational gaps have existed for as long as there have been adults and children. But a combination of prolonged slow job creation and Baby Boomers who just won't quit work are threatening the orderly flow of employees from hire to retire. It has created what I call the gray ceiling.

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A Digital Divide Grows Between Baby Boomers...and Other Boomers?

(28) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 4:23 PM

Rarely does a day pass without some expert extolling the problems or opportunities arising from generational differences between baby boomers and millennials. But as an older boomer, I'm finding generational clash points aren't exclusively intergenerational. I'm wondering if I'm alone when I suggest there is a growing digital divide within...

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3 Ways Baby Boomers Can Stay Relevant In A Changing Job Market

(22) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 9:16 AM

If you're over 50 and feel like you're running a losing battle trying to keep up, you might be right.
Consider these trends:

It took nearly 38 years to get 50 million people to tune into the radio. But it took only 13 years to get 50...

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