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What can GenY teach you?

understanding how to embrace and engage GenY in the workplace, and in life.

understanding how to embrace and engage GenY in the workplace, and in life.

Recently, I read Millennial Momentum by Winograd and Hais (2011) and I feel so much more hopeful and positive about what this generation is going to contribute to our society, and already is. I highly recommend this book to every person in the corporate world, especially leaders and managers who find working with GenY employees to be frustrating. This will open your eyes and point you toward what you can do to embrace their energy for change.

Millennials are also referred to as GenY, and are the youngest generation in the workforce and still to enter the workforce. They were born between 1982 – 2003 so they are currently aged 31 years to 10 years. Even the youngest are making contributions. I recently heard a 12 year old girl speak who Read the rest of this entry »

Habits that Empower

I recently read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and love the habit loop. It covers alot of territory. Here is one passage that stood out for me which has huge implications to increasing productivity, encouraging personal responsibility and providing deeper job satisfaction:

A study showed that students who had been treated kindly had more willpower, and the key difference was the sense of control they had over their experience. When people are asked to do something that takes self-control, if they think they are doing it for personal reasons – if they feel like it’s a choice or something they enjoy because it helps someone else – it’s much less taxing. Read the rest of this entry »

Stop Pummeling People With Details – Give Better Context

How many times have you been in a meeting and the person who is speaking says something, and you have no idea how they came to that decision?

You may not feel comfortable to ask how they came to their conclusions, so you sit there nodding or saying nothing. However, the cost is that you really can’t assess what is being said or provide an appropriate response because of missing background and contextual information. This means that the time of all the people in the meeting is being wasted and less productive.

I work with a lot of smart people, including technical professionals such as engineers and internet technology specialists. The common theme is they are required to Read the rest of this entry »

Do Good Managers Make Lousy Leaders?

Golden Question

As a manager, are you aware that your position as a manager encompasses two distinct roles – that of a manager of processes, and that of a leader of people? On the one hand, you have to build a strategy, organize, and manage resources to get the job done. And on the other hand you have to lead your team in a way that ensures the strategy is understood and implemented. Employees need to be engaged and have a desire to follow your direction, and employee engagement can be directly correlated with financial performance. Read the rest of this entry »

Do You Care About Your Team Members?

What has you go to work each day? A paycheck? But what else has you show up for work each day? Is it the people? The company? The opportunity to do great work together, or to be part of something bigger? Maybe you expect to learn something from others and continue your growth along your career path.

It probably comes as no surprise to you that the people who report to you are no different. They want you to create a great environment in which to work, and to know you care enough to actively help them to improve and progress. Read the rest of this entry »