Four Pieces of Solid Gold Old School Advice for New School Millennials

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Most readers of this blog are business owners, execs, leaders, and managers looking for ideas and strategies for engaging and developing the emerging workforce. This particular post, however, is written for the emerging workforce, i.e. millennials. While this generation is not lacking in talent, many are somewhat deficient in the revered social skills, primarily because…

Life’s Golden Nuggets Are Reserved for Those Who Work Like a Dog

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My wife and I have three lazy dogs.   Given the choice, I know Ozzy, Olivia and Toby would like to be out chasing the deer, elk, and fox that run free in the mountains surrounding our house, but we can’t trust that they’ll come back so we don’t give them that freedom.  As a result,…

Without Execution, the Best Laid Plans of a Time-Crunched Leader Go Astray

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One of the questions that I am asked most frequently by business leaders after a presentation is this one: “With all I am pushed to do already, how am I ever supposed to find time to implement your ideas and tactics?” Time is, of course, the great equalizer. It’s the one resource that business owners,…

You Don’t Need a Survey to Determine if Your Employees are Engaged

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With a veritable army of scientific researchers, the Gallup Organization spent decades developing their famed Q12 Survey. They now package and market this tool for organizations that want to determine the level of employee engagement in their workforce calling it “The Only 12 Questions that Matter.”  To date, more than 25 million employees worldwide have taken that…

Fun at Work: Sometimes an Employer Just Needs to Get Out of the Way

I’ve had a lot of unpleasant cab rides, but this one took the cake. Standing in the taxi queue in San Antonio, my business partner and I realized we had no cash between us and needed a cab that accepted credit cards.  When it was our turn, before getting into the cab I asked the…

Reversing the Entitlement Mentality of a Generation begins at Home

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In a well publicized cross-generational study, researchers asked 355,000 high school seniors about their feelings on wealth, material goods and work. They discovered that, compared to older generations, today’s teens expressed a stronger desire for the finer things in life but less of a desire in working to acquire them. Wanting nicer things is nothing…