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Raising Other People's Kids 😕

Listen, I’m all about being practical. Here's a quick statistic and action item that you can easily apply to gain an advantage. 

Allow me to present to you a serious problem:

A lot of leaders who I talk to are parents, they’re dads and moms who have been working professionals, but have also raised children.

Children are the greatest blessing, but raising a child is difficult. It's a lot of work, it’s a lot of stress and you have to treat every child differently.

You can be the best parent and have the worst behaving children. You can be a terrible parent and have great kids. Parenting is hard, and there's no guarantee that you'll be successful in parenting.

In fact, it's a major problem for a lot of people, especially those who are working. They love their kids, but they don't love raising them especially when they become teenagers and young adults who are a pain in the keister.

I can safely say, and maybe this isn’t rooted in empirical research, but most professionals, leaders, and bosses sure as heck don’t want to raise other people’s kids.

No one! And I mean no one, wants to be raising kids at work.

But, that is what's happening with the millennial generation.

Many young individuals coming into organizations don't have much of a clue how life works, much less how business works. 

Here's the conundrum. Although we don't want to raise kids at work and we don't want to be babysitting:

Organizations with strong leadership are 13 times more likely to outperform the competition.

And, they're more likely to retain their highest performing employees.

Combine this with the fact that Millennials need jobs (over 10% unemployment) and that organizations need employees… 

So, how do we deal with this?  

A recent study has shown that the CEO can account for a 29% variance in the profitability of an organization based on their personality and how well they can motivate and inspire their team.

We know it's important to be a great leader, but we also don't need that extra stress, and headache that accompanies babysitting Millennials and Gen Z'rs at work, when we're trying to get our OWN jobs done.

Here's the good news: 

Leadership & Development doesn't necessarily have to look like babysitting.

And, it doesn't mean that you need to spend an inordinate amount of time educating yourself. You don't need to be an expert or obtain another MBA in organizational development or organizational strategy to be a great leader. It's much simpler than that.

Yes, it's going to take some work but with the right resources and with the right strategies the process can be accelerated.

I know you don't have time, bandwidth, or motivation to develop the strategy to get millennial employees and Gen Zers to do the basic tasks.

What I’ve done is combined my experience and my mistakes and packaged them up for you. And that’s what you’re seeing in our video training.

So let me encourage you today with a quick tip on how to not be just another statistic of the 80/20 rule.

I love the 80/20 rule because you can use it for anything. 🙃

The takeaway is:

Discern your opportunities to communicate and affirm more often.

If you’ve got a Millennial who always shows up on time, or always gives great effort… tell them!

Yes, it's going to take a quick minute (and an ounce of effort) but it’s worth it. That’s one of the simplest ways to begin building the trust with your team so that you can obtain your goals quicker and easier. 

But seriously, stop the grumbling and go text your child and tell them, "I love you."

Then text your employee and tell them that they did a good job today... 

 

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