Barry Asin

About Barry Asin

Barry Asin is president of Staffing Industry Analysts. He can be reached at basin (at) staffingindustry (dot) com.

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1402, 2022

SIA Musings: It’s Day 1

By |February 14th, 2022|

Among many things, Jeff Bezos, the founder and former CEO of Amazon, is known for his “Day 1” philosophy. The idea is that businesses always have new growth opportunities, no matter how much success there has been in the past. As Bezos bluntly put it, “Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, […]

1705, 2021

SIA Musings: Making Strides

By |May 17th, 2021|

Last summer in this column, I wrote about the changes that we had seen due to the pandemic, calls for social justice and more, and how it was an opportunity for the industry to build back better. As has been the case throughout this tumultuous year, every day we know so much more now than […]

2107, 2020

Building Back a Better Industry

By |July 21st, 2020|

This spring, society saw years’ worth of change happening in just a few days. First came the coronavirus pandemic, which led to a health crisis of epic proportions along with a devastating economic downturn from the resulting lockdown. Then, the shocking killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer once again […]

2005, 2019

Breaking Through

By and |May 20th, 2019|

At the 2019 Staffing Industry Analysts Executive Forum, SIA President Barry Asin and Charted Path founder Mike Cleland led a session on their book, Breaking Through: Leadership Disciplines from Top-Performing Staffing Firms. This issue of Staffing Industry Review contains excerpts from the session. The authors share what they learned when talking with leaders of staffing […]

2603, 2018

Perspective: Common Threads

By |March 26th, 2018|

My colleague and co-author Mike Cleland and I have spent a lot of time in the last couple of years thinking about what is different about staffing firms that are able to grow significantly faster than the market. As founder of Charted Path, Cleland has consulted with dozens of staffing firms, typically at a moment […]

2609, 2017

‘I take nothing for granted’

By |September 26th, 2017|

Linda Galipeau was no stranger to the staffing industry, having seen her mother temping as a secretary. Galipeau herself took temp summer jobs as a university student and eventually rose to be head of Randstad, North America, managing a $6 billion portfolio. Galipeau is the only woman on the executive board of Randstad Holding nv; […]

1302, 2017

Breaking Through to Growth

By |February 13th, 2017|

Of the nearly 20,000 staffing firms operating in the US, few reach $10 million or even $5 million in annual revenue — and just a select few exceed $100 million — the threshold for firms to land on our pinnacle list of largest staffing firms. Our 2016 list contains a scant 133 firms. What enables […]

305, 2016

Elevating the Ecosystem

By |May 3rd, 2016|

At Staffing Industry Analysts, we sit at the intersection of several groups where we can observe the changes happening around the edges of the staffing industry. Since we talk to thousands of industry executives each year, we have a unique viewpoint on what the industry is worried about, what are the current hot topics and […]

102, 2015

Perspective: Think Again

By |February 1st, 2015|

Given our role in the midst of the staffing ecosystem, we at Staffing Industry Analysts have a pretty good idea of both the wisdom of the crowd and the persistent misconceptions about staffing for that same crowd. OK, so it’s not exactly true that every- thing you thought you knew about staffing is wrong, but […]

103, 2012

Perspective: Forum Comes of Age

By |March 1st, 2012|

21 years after launch illustrate how things change … and don’t
In June 1992 when the first Staffing Industry Executive Forum launched, I was fresh out of business school and newly placed at Adia Services as head of strategic planning. The “staffing industry” was newly named in the process of transitioning from something based on absence […]