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Nice vs. Kind

Have you ever asked yourself the difference between two similar words? In this case, as a leader of young people, what does it mean to be nice? What does it mean to be kind?

There are a lot of aphorisms as explanations.  

In the kitchen, chefs always tell their sous chefs, make it nice or make it twice.  

Our parents always tell us to be nice.  

And yet, you have to be cruel to be kind.

What a confounding situation.

Being nice and being kind are matters of perception 

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How Much Money Does It Take To Make A Millennial Happy?

 

The old mentality of compensation is dead. Have you read the news lately? Millennial employees have high expectations of their salary and financial future, more than any other generation in history. Millennial optimism and goal-setting have contributed to a strong correlation between their relationship to their job and the self-actualizing society that surrounds them. Do not blame social media, though!

Blame Tim Ferriss. Blame Chris Guillebeau and Tai Lopez. Blame the 'lifestyle...

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The One-Two Punch: Employee Engagement

 Here’s the thing about employee engagement- there are a number of ways to achieve it and there are a number of ways to mess it up.

The truth is, we’ll never experience success without laying the proper foundation of two critical elements.

1. Sharing Our Vision

2. Living By Core Values

Although seemingly obvious and arguably simple to integrate, we still fail to engage our teams on a consistent basis and are obviously failing as a cohort of bosses.

In fact, according to...

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Quarter-Life Crisis : What is it?

 “The WHAT-life crisis?”

 That was my response when I first heard about the quarter-life crisis.

We’ve all heard about the mid-life crisis: the point in an executive’s life when an epiphany of self-realization that they’ve physically and professionally peaked, dictates their behavior or decision making.

Perhaps the reason why the Corvette continues strong sales in the US ;)

But the quarter-life crisis!?  Now you have my attention.

Here’s...

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Social Media: A Love And Hate Relationship

If you’re anything like me… (and I’m assuming you are if you’re reading this) there’s a good chance you understand exactly what I mean when I say, “ I love and hate social media."

It’s great staying in touch with family and seeing what friends (and enemies) are doing, but I also don’t love being on my device all the time.

It’s sitting on my nightstand by my bed - I can’t get away from it. It’s too much of an integral part of...

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Why Millennials Value Experiences over Material Items

In my quest for educating bosses about how and why Millennials are different than previous generations, it’s been easy to point out that many of Millennials’ preferences, behaviors, and values are trending down.

We perceive their disparities as negative and we frequently shrug or roll our eyes as we talk about their identity and values.

Regarding how they value experiences over material items, maybe that’s a perspective in which we, older generations, have something to...

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These Millennial Attributes are Crucial for Your Business

 

I was terribly disappointed to read some recent articles and studies regarding hiring and promoting Millennials to managerial positions.

There’s a general anxiety and reluctance in the US workforce to hire people under 30, because they are perceived as unpredictable and not having the same work ethic as other generations.

In fact, there is a huge problem with buy-in among Millennials and the symptoms are turnover and disengagement from their jobs.

If you’re a type of...

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"Another Meeting?!" Why having a daily huddle is important!

Meetings- highly important and for most organizations, highly boring.

We all need meetings for alignment, but most of wish we had fewer meetings. 

Thing is...a great leader is not circumventing their responsibility of holding AND being adequately prepared for these engagements. And when it comes to leading a young team, meetings are invaluable as you:

  • Invest in their development, training, and education
  • Keep a close eye on their tasks... lest...
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