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Managing Millennials Q&A: How can I give an effective annual review when the process seems archaic?

December 12, 2017

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Note to readers:  Here’s the latest in a series based on questions I frequently hear about managing millennials — those ongoing management challenges that can really make or break workplace relationships. Have a question you’ve been dying to ask? Send me an email and I will try to cover it in a future edition as […]

Managing Millennials

Ikigai: The Importance of Purpose in the Intergenerational Workplace

October 24, 2017

There is a lot of buzz right now about millennials’ desire for “purpose” in their work. The truth, however, is that a desire for meaning is remarkably intergenerational. Strikingly, the 2016 Global Purpose Index found that 48 percent of Baby Boomers and 38 percent of Gen Xers were purpose-driven, compared to 30 percent of millennials. […]

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The Intergenerational Workplace: What is Considered “Millennial” Really Benefits Us All

October 17, 2017

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Football has been in the news for a lot of important reasons lately, but today I’d like to talk about a change in football and other sports that is less reported. Over the past few years, I’ve become fascinated with how athletic coaching techniques are evolving to better support millennial players. The most recent example is […]

Why “One Size Fits All” Leadership Styles Actually Fit None

October 10, 2017

Have you ever tried on a garment labeled “one size fits all” and thought, “Uh, really?” Well, over the years I’ve found the term “one size fits all” doesn’t translate any better in management than it does in tank tops or Halloween costumes. And yet, leaders often fall into the trap of trying to manage […]

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“We Didn’t Give Ourselves the Trophies” — Millennials

September 26, 2017

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If I had to vote for the most unfair cliché to describe the supposed problem other generations have with millennials, I’d say it’s the concept of young people being the “trophy generation.” Although many of today’s twenty- and thirtysomethings did receive trophies and praise more than other generations, here is why I believe the stereotype […]

Managing Millennials Q&A: Why Isn’t My Mentee Reaching Out?

September 19, 2017

Note to readers: This is the sixth post in my new series based on questions I frequently hear about managing millennials — those ongoing management challenges that can really make or break workplace relationships. Each month I’ll tackle a question and provide some advice for managers and millennials (and, of course, millennial managers). I hope the […]

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Multigenerational Workplace Challenge: Develop Healthy Conflict Resolution Skills

September 15, 2017

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Disagreement in the workplace is inevitable, particularly when you are passionate about what you do. Add in generational differences and discord can become all but certain. But here’s the thing: Conflict needs to be respectful. Always. Losing your temper or being overly stubborn can mar your professional image. Mastering the art of healthy debate and […]

I Couldn’t Resist: 5 Totally Ridiculous Things Millennials Are Blamed For

August 25, 2017

We have literally been shaming younger generations for centuries, and while I firmly believe it’s time to stop shaming the millennial generation in particular, it also helps to keep a sense of humor about these things. Someone made a collage of headlines saying what millennials are killing So today let’s look on the lighter side […]

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