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The Blended Workforce and the Staffing Challenges it Brings


Sunil Bagai has created a new model for recruitment, which is being tapped successfully by large tech companies

Published on September 08 2015
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sunil Bagai-TotalPicture Radio interviewSunil Bagai

Between 2009 and 2012, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of temporary employees rose by 29%. A survey of the 200 largest companies found that temporary workers represented, on average, 22% of their workforce, and that percentage is growing. According to a study conducted by Intuit by 2020, more than 40% of the US workforce will be so-called contingent workers, That's more than 60 million people.

Welcome to a Big Picture Channel podcast on TotalPicture. I'm Peter Clayton. Joining me today to discuss this trend and its implications is Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sunil Bagai, who, In 2012, founded Zenith Talent, introducing a new Crowdstaffing model with profit sharing for recruiters.

The Big Data-Driven Business. An Interview with Russell Glass


Talking Big Data and Big Results with the Head of B2B Marketing Products for LinkedIn

Published on February 03 2015
Head of B2B Marketing Products at LinkedIn, Russell Glass, interviewed by Peter Clayton -TotalPicture Radio Russell Glass

Welcome to a Big Picture Channel Vodcast and Podcast on TotalPicture Radio. This is Peter Clayton and joining me today through the magic of Skype Video is Russell Glass Head of B2B Marketing Products for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions.

Watch the Video Now:

I first met Russ when he was the founder, president and CEO of Bizo, a little B2B audience marketing and data platform that was acquired by LinkedIn for $175mm in 2014. Russ is Co-author of a new book titled The Big Data-Driven Business, published by Wiley.

By the way, Russ's co-author, Sean Callahan, was the marketing director at Bizo and is now the senior manager of content management at LinkedIn) What I like about this book is Russ and Sean are not talking theory, they're not blowing smoke - they've accomplished and practiced much of what they're writing about - namely How to Use Big Data to win Customers, Beat Competitors, and Boost Profits. Russ and Sean can check-off all those boxes.


The Internet is Not the Answer. An In-Person Interview with Andrew Keen


The Internet's benefits have accrued mostly to a "tiny group of young white men in black limousines" Andrew Keen

Published on January 22 2015
Andrew Keen, author of The Internet is Not the Answer interviewed by Peter Clayton, TotalPicture Radio Andrew Keen

"Today, as the Internet expands to connect almost everyone and everything on the planet, it's becoming self-evident that this is a false promise. The evangelists are presenting us with what in Silicon Valley is called a "reality distortion field" - a vision that is anything but truthful. Instead of a win-win, the Internet is in fact, more akin to a negative feedback loop feedback loop in which we network users are its victims rather than its beneficiaries. Rather than the answer, the Internet is actually the central question about our connected twenty-first-century world."

The more we use the contemporary digital network, the less economic value it is bringing to us. Rather than promoting economic fairness, it is a central reason for the growing golf between the rich and the poor and the hollowing out of the middle class. Rather than making us wealthier, the distributed capitalism of the new network economy is making most of the poorer. Rather than generating more jobs, this digital disruption is a principal cause of our structural unemployment crisis. Rather than creating more competition it is created immensely powerful new monopolists like Google and Amazon. Andrew Keen

In Andrew Keen's new book, The Internet Is Not the Answer, he presents a big-picture look at what the Internet is doing to our society (in his opinion), and an investigation into what we can do to try to make sure that the decisions we are making about the reconfiguring of our world do not lead to unpleasant, unforeseen aftershocks.

"The equivalent of 19th century industrial pollution today is data."

Driven to Distraction at Work - An Interview with Dr. Ned Hallowell


How to Focus and Be More Productive

Published on January 06 2015
Dr. Ned Hallowell, child and adult psychiatrist and founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health -TotalPicture Radio interviewDr. Ned Hallowell

"The biggest price we pay for surrendering our attention is productivity at work. Estimates of the loss of productivity in the workplace due to screen sucking, time wasted online or in front of a screen, as well as other distractions vary widely, but all are in big numbers. A study published in Inc. magazine in 2006 estimated that $282 billion was lost annually in teh United Stated to screen sucking." Dr. Ned Hallowell

Welcome to a special Big Picture Channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio. Joining Peter Clayton to conduct our conversation with Dr. Ned Hallowell is frequent contributor to TotalPicture Radio, David Dalka.

Peter Clayton writes: "Today's interview has special meaning to me. In 1995, I was diagnosed with ADD. Shortly after this discovery, I read Driven to Distraction - Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder, written by Dr Hallowell and Dr. John Ratley. This book was a godsend for me, and helped explain many of the difficulties and challenges I had -- especially in dealing with personal relationships. Most importantly, it helped me to understand that I was not a bad, selfish, uncaring person."

Hey podcast listeners, let me ask you a few questions. Have you ever felt...

  • A heightened distractibility and persistent feeling of being rushed or in a hurry, even when there no need to be, combined with a mounting feeling of how superficial your life has become: lots to do, but not depth of thought or feeling.
  • An inability to sustain lengthy and full attention to a thought, a conversation , an image a paragraph, a diagram, a sunset -- or anything else, even when you try to.
  • A growing tendency toward impatience, boredom, dissatisfaction, restlessness, irritability, frustration, or frenzy, sometimes approaching panic.
  • A tendency to hop from task to task, idea to idea, even place to place.

If you've answered yes to any or all of the above, you've come to the right podcast!

A graduate of Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, our guest today, Dr. Edward M. Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist and the founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, MA and New York City. He was a member of the faculty of the Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004 until he retired to devote his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books, the latest is titled Driven to Distraction at Work, published by Harvard Business Review Press -- available today, January 6th and the focus of this interview. In 1994, Ned coined the phrase "Attention deficit trait, or ADT, based on his observations at that time to be and increasingly comment problem in the modern workforce.


Sony is a Likely Bellwether for 2015


"It is stating the obvious but Sony had more than a movie hacked. And, next week when the media moves to the next shiny object the ripples will have just begun to spread." Gerry Crispin

Published on December 24 2014
Gerry Crispin, Chief Navigator of CareerXroads, interviewed by Peter Clayton -TotalPicture Radio Gerry Crispin

Here's what our good friend, Gerry Crispin, recently posted on the LinkedIn HR Technology Group regarding the recent Sony Pictures debacle:

Personal contact information, compensation, etc.- HR information was stolen and made available in interesting ways. I don't know the details and it certainly wasn't the first time but, I'm betting:

- Several hundred if not thousands of CEOs are right now having someone do a vulnerability assessment...and they aren't too concerned about that someone's vacation or holiday being interrupted.

- Very soon the people inside will be making requests for additional help.

- Very soon the consultants brought in on an expedited project basis (read top price) will be suggesting that fixes be made of old technology and new technology paid for and installed on an priority basis. They will also recommend additional experts be hired, audits planned for and risks accounted for by insurance.

- Reqs for professionals with significant SKEs (subject knowledge enhancement) related to security technologies will be opened and sourcers will be going to work under heavier than normal pressure...


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