The Jim Stroud Podcast

Is Immortality the Best Employee Benefit?

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By Jim Stroud
The Jim Stroud Podcast explores the future of work, life and everything in between! His resume and career highlights can be viewed on his website at Subscribe now!
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What happens when designer babies enter the workforce?
A scientist named - He Jianku claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies. Shortly after the announcement was made, He Jianku disappeared to parts unknown. (Insert dramatic music here.) If what He claims is true, not only is this a major scientific breakthrough disrupting the scientific community - forever; its also a major headache for the HR department. Tune in to this episode to find out why. 
December 10, 2018
A Future Talk with Dr. Tracey Wilen
{QUICK NOTE: I’m thinking of doing a podcast where I interview interesting people about the future of work, life and everything in between. Consider this to be the pilot episode. If I do more of these, it will be because of the comments and encouragement of my listeners. So, please do share your thoughts.} My guest in the premiere episode of “Future Talk” (working title) is Dr. Tracey Wilen. We discuss the career confusion of mature workers and millennials seeking to progress in their career, how to figure out a career path in this constantly changing technological landscape, what to do when you don’t know what to do next in your career and more. Get a pad and pencil (or have you texting finger ready) to take notes as lots and lots and lots of strategies are suggested herein.
December 10, 2018
Microchipping Employees is a No-good, Horrible and Terrible Idea
A Wisconsin company made it possible for their workers to throw away their employee ID cards, forget all their passwords, make copies and get food from a vending machine in a surprisingly convenient way. The magic solution? A small medical procedure actually – employees were given a choice to receive a tiny microchip under their skin. Its called “microchipping” and its a no-good, horrible and terrible idea. I explain why, in detail, in this episode. Listen in and be sure to subscribe, so you don’t miss an episode.
December 3, 2018
How Emerging Technology is Disrupting the Training and Development Industry
Attention Human Resources department, instead of spending so much time and money developing an onboarding program and/or a series of corporate training initiatives, why not simply plug your workers into a matrix-like system and have that information uploaded into their brains? Easy-peasy. Now, if you think that sounds crazy, even impossible, you will be intrigued by what I share in this episode. (wink-wink) And please check out the great special being offered to my listeners at )
November 26, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving!
This is just a quick note of thanks to all my listeners and subscribers. I so appreciate you being there. Thank you!
November 22, 2018
Is Immortality the Best Employee Benefit?
What would happen if companies offered their employees immortality as an employee benefit? In this burgeoning age of digital afterlife services, such an offering is closer than you might imagine. If you have never heard of this new niche in the tech industry, prepared to be amazed when you tune into my latest episode. (Please check out this great special for my listeners!
November 18, 2018
Proud Parents are Enabling the Identity Theft of their Kids
Identity theft is a global epidemic and its about to get worse because of proud, well-meaning parents. Find out what I mean in the latest episode of The Jim Stroud Podcast. (Please check out this great special for my listeners at
November 10, 2018
This is what happens when you crowdsource morality!
What would happen if we crowd sourced morality? In other words, instead of a bible or a quran or a torah guiding us, we make life and death decisions based solely on the collective wisdom of the public. Let's take this a bit further, and plug the results of those whims into machines. What would happen then? Or rather, what's the worst that could happen? Tune in to find out! (And for research and resources related to this podcast, be sure to visit my website at
November 5, 2018
Human Cloning: The Answer to Talent Scarcity
Earlier this year, something extraordinary was being reported in the news.  For the first time in American history, there were more jobs than people out of work. To be specific, in June 2018, there were  6.7 million job openings but only just 6.4 million available workers to fill them; this according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employers have been complaining for years about the inability to find workers with the right training for the positions available. In the meantime, companies are adding other incentives to retain workers and pull new ones in.  As the demand grows, workers have gotten more confident about leaving their current positions for better ones. So, what is HR to do? One solution might be... Human Cloning! Tune in to find out why. Research and resources related to this resource can be found at
October 27, 2018
Brain to Brain Communication… Its a thing.
Believe it or not, scientists connected 3 human brains together and used that connection to… play Tetris, because… why not? This new technology represents a LOT of possibilities, both positive and negative. On the positive side, I can imagine paraplegics using this tech to mentally move prosthetic limbs. On the negative side, I foresee a HUGE problem for the HR department. Tune in to the first episode of my new podcast to see what I mean. Links related to this podcast can be found here:…tion-its-a-thing/ ABOUT THE HOST Over the past decade, Jim Stroud has built an expertise in sourcing and recruiting strategy, public speaking, lead generation, video production, podcasting, online research, competitive intelligence, online community management and training. He has consulted for such companies as Microsoft, Google, MCI, Siemens, Bernard Hodes Group and a host of startup companies. During his tenure with Randstad Sourceright, he alleviated the recruitment headaches of their clients worldwide as their Global Head of Sourcing and Recruiting Strategy. His resume and career highlights can be viewed on his website at
October 22, 2018
How 2 Recruit Like a Developer
What recruiters can learn from software engineers
September 15, 2017
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