Company Culture

The Generational Divide: Working with Millennials

Recently, several managers have asked for suggestions on how to challenge, motivate, and retain talented Millennials. On the flip side, a few managers have also expressed the opposite problem: being frustrated about working with and managing the Millennial generation. We’re finding that the frustration is typically blamed on generational differences.

We typically hear comments such as, “When I was that age,” or “This Millennial generation doesn’t have the same work ethic that my generation had.” Negative references are made about Millennials who use their smartphones all the time, and their constant use of social media sites. Or that they think they can show up for work whenever they feel like it and demand a flexible work schedule.

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The Power of Love

Love. It’s not the first word that comes to mind when you think about what it takes to run a successful company. Culture. Teamwork. Perseverance. Determination. Collaboration. Accountability. Leadership. That’s probably more along the lines of what you might think of. But, doesn’t Love encompass all those things? In his video, Dr. John Izzo tells a story about a successful bank in Georgia that attributes its success to “The Power of Love.”

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Let’s Put the Awe Back in Awesome!

We recently worked with a man from South Africa. He’s an extremely interesting, incredibly smart leader who brings a unique set of skills to his company. He mentioned one day that in America, we use so many words incorrectly and that our culture and the way we communicate is very different. And for those with different backgrounds, this can be a challenging thing to understand.

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Serious Creativity

Do you ever get bored and look at all the creative ideas on Pinterest? Moms coming up with cute snack ideas for their kids to take to school. Crafty people making their own Halloween costumes. Awesome dinner ideas that you would have never thought of… Then we think… “Are you kidding me? Who has time for this crap? These are impossible. I’m just not a creative person.” That thought has probably crossed your mind. Maybe you’ve even said it out loud.

When you think of creative people, you might think of artists, musicians, dancers, or those crazy moms on Pinterest. But the concept of creativity has historically been very useful in the business world.

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Trust = Team

Building a team can be one of the most challenging responsibilities of someone who leads. Building a team is the task of organizing a group of people to work well together, accomplish goals, and have a positive impact on the company.

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A Positive Attitude is Everything!

It’s one of those days! You woke up and your basement was flooded from last night’s storm. Your dog was so scared during the night, he pooped on the floor. Your new car has hail damage, and you still have to be at your staff meeting by 8:30 am. You’re probably thinking…Stay out of my way people. Today is NOT my day!

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Another Tough Leadership Challenge

You have an employee that gets the job done. From what you can tell, he’s a nice guy. He can actually work with you. And he brings great ideas. Here’s the problem: He can’t get along with his co-workers. And you’ve heard from some of your clients who are struggling to work with him. Another tough leadership challenge. What do you do?

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Uninspired…What’s my Purpose?

So you’re sitting at your desk, doing the same thing you do every day, and your boss walks in the front door. She doesn’t say “Hi.” She just walks past with her head down. She goes straight back to her office. Now the employees in your office are emailing back and forth… “Someone get her a broom…The witch is back!” Sounds like something off a movie right? Well, this has also happened in real life…I’ve seen it.

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Can You Count on Workplace Relationships?

Front-line staff are the drivers of your business.  Often, they interact the most with your clients.  Communicate your vision.  Create your client experience.  Develop and produce your products.  Do you know what has the greatest impact on their ability to deliver on your organization’s purpose?  Their immediate supervisor!

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3 Ways to Inspire

Inspirational Leadership…what does that mean? How do you inspire your team?  Or even inspire yourself?  When was the last time you were so engrossed in your work that you looked up and it was 5 o’clock?  You had no idea where the day went.  Has it been awhile since you have felt that way?  You may be not inspired.  If you’re not, chances are…neither is your team.

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