Earlier this week I blogged about what it takes to tap into the incredible energy and potential that Millennials can bring to your organization. Specifically, I talked about giving them respect, despite their youth. Here is a second specific way that you can attract, engage and motivate the youngest generation in your department or company. Read the rest of this entry »
The Millennial generation (also known as Generation Y) is a rapidly-growing demographic in today’s workplace. Defined as those born between 1980 and 1994 — so roughly between the ages of 19 and 33 — they have puzzled, bewildered and in some cases frustrated their Baby Boomer and Generation X managers and supervisors. Millennials see the world through different value filters than those who came before them, and in many cases, this leads to tension and workplace conflict between the generations. The truth is that Millennials are the most creative, adaptable, realistic, tolerant, and technologically-savvy group to ever arrive in the workplace, and they can take you and your organization to amazing places that you may have never imagined. BUT … only if you know how to tap into this immense potential. Not surprisingly, I am often asked about how to work more effectively with Millennials. So this week, in today’s and my next post, I’ll give you a couple of specific ideas. Read the rest of this entry »
This eye-opening YouTube video was recommended to me by an online colleague, and it poses the question – is social media a fad? My take: you absolutely MUST watch this video! It doesn’t matter whether you are a leader in a large company, a start-up entrepreneur, or somewhere in between, you owe it to yourself and the continued success of your organization to do so. In less than five minutes, Erik Qualman will give you a perspective on social media that you may have never considered before.
So now you’ve watched the video, and you probably also know that the focus in my professional practice is turning managers into leaders. The question just begging to be asked is: what are you doing as a leader to harness the power of social media? There is clearly a fundamental shift in the way people are communicating with one another, and it has enormous implications for how you should be recruiting, motivating and leading your people. And if you go beyond your department and look at the long-term success of your organization, social media is changing how your clients and customers select and buy your services and products. What are you doing to keep up with them?
I don’t know if you caught all the specific statistics in the video, but this is not just a “young people” thing — social media users are not just the Millennial generation! This wave is coming fast and furious. It’s not a small rapid in the river or a little wave on the beach; this is a tsunami that is coming stronger and faster than you might realize. And it’s coming right at you! Tell me … what are you doing as a leader in your organization to keep up with your employees and your customers?
For those of you in the Ottawa ON area, the Ottawa Chapter of the Certified General Accountants’ of Ontario is hosting a full-day seminar on Leading Multiple Generations in the Workplace on Thursday October 1, 2009. It’s open to non-members as well as members, so if this is a challenge you face as a leader, be sure to attend! Registration link below.
Leading Multiple Generations in the Workplace. You can’t help but notice it – the diversity in the age of people in the workplace. From new young workers to baby boomers to individuals on the threshold of retirement, each of these demographics brings their own perspectives and impacts to your organization. In an intriguing (and challenging) twist on the multi-generational workforce, it’s not unlikely to face a workplace (or even just a department) where you have all four generations present! Read the rest of this entry »