Encouraging Millennial Leaders without Annoying Everyone Else

Encouraging Millennial Leaders without Annoying Everyone Else

A decade-ish ago, the Millennials started entering the workforce.  I am on the fringes of Millennials, which some call xennials.  I remember being one of the first “explorers” of the workforce before the tidal wave of Millennials started rolling in the door and, by sheer numbers, changing the workplace.  Now the Millennials are starting to change leadership discussions because they are entering leadership positions.  That’s what I’d like to talk about today, Millennials and leadership. Often, Millennials are characterized by their abundance of optimism and drive to change the world.  This is something the workplace knows we need, but there’s still this reserved frustration under the breath of established workplaces.  So, this begs the question… How do you encourage your Millennial leader to continue changing the world, without annoying teammates in the process? Here’s a few stories that Paul and I have heard about in the last week (yes, just a week) that made us think that we needed to talk about this. Scenario...
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Fear of Change? A change management solution…Enabling Joy!

Fear of Change? A change management solution…Enabling Joy!

Change is happening all around us, and some welcome it and others spurn it.  Organizational change is inevitable and many of the teams we work with are struggling through some sort of change.  This can be reorganization, market changes, customer behavior changes, culture shakeups, etc. Recently, I was sharing some ideas with a wonderful group of professionals.  In my presentation and guided discussion, we went through the idea of joy in change, and its three elements of connect, create, or contribute. To make it relatable to real life, we test drove the ‘joy in change’ idea on a current struggle experienced by Jenny.  In brief, the situation is that her department was poised to grow, and some other departments were a bit apprehensive about this. Backdrop on this Joy in Change stuff Remember that joy is a deep happiness and is not to be confused with pleasure. Pleasure has its place, but there are key differences that have an analogous connection to the difference between...
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Where is Super Bowl talent on your team?

Where is Super Bowl talent on your team?

Are you ready for the Super Bowl? I can tell you that living in the Pittsburgh area means Super Bowl Sunday celebrations. This is true even on the years that the Black&Gold faithful begrudgingly accept that Steelers are not playing (like this one).  It is a reason to come together in the grips of winter for a bit of companionship, chuckle at some ads, and hope to not get stuck in snow. As we scurry for game day munchies, all the Super Bowl commentary (and, there's enough to make our head spin!) gives us an opportunity for self-reflection about finding talent for our teams and developing that talent. How do we find the 'Tom Brady' on our team? I happened to read an article in the Wall Street Journal (though this was with the hype of the Bowl Championship Series, it applies at the NFL level too). The article showed how all the statistics and awards don't translate to success at the next...
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Thinking Like Deming- Not easy, but very worthwhile

Book Review: "My heartfelt wish is that you are inspired to carry the message and the meaning in these pages into your life and your leadership to help your business enterprise and other organizations in your field of influence to develop and become sustainable entities that thrive and evolve, making our communities—our society—strong, vibrant, and joyful. When we have mapped the four movements as one whole, then we can open our eyes and the eyes of others wider so that together we see the many different aspects of our lives as part of a larger context …" This is from Mr. Edward Martin Baker’s "Coda"  in what is perhaps the best single reference and explanation of Deming’s thoughts, ideas, and work that I have had the pleasure to read, The Symphony of Profound Knowledge, W. Edwards Deming's Score for Leading, Performing and Living in Concert . Yes, it’s a weighty, deeply referenced work yet still an enjoyable work, if even only for the continual...
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Our Best Blog Share Yet

Our Best Blog Share Yet

Welcome Jonathan Edward! January 9, 2018, Amanda and her family welcomed Jonathan Edward into this world.  Baby and mom are doing great. Amanda will now have two in diapers, so she will be frequently experiencing the very essence of our book, Enabling Joy. For those of you needing metrics, the little guy weighed in at 6#13 and is ready to play center at 20"....
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Give up smoking “busy” for the new year

Give up smoking “busy” for the new year

Stop smoking "Busy" Have you used the phrase: "I'm busy" lately? Have you used  "I'm just so busy," as an excuse to not be involved with something or for not having visited someone?  Have you described your workday as "busy"; your home life as "busy?" Then, I have a New Year's resolution idea for you. Yes, I know it's already January 5th, so I'm guessing that your other resolutions are already several days undone. About ten years ago, I resolved to stop using the word "busy."  I did it because I realized how much I didn't like when I heard someone tell me that they hadn't worked on my request to them because they were busy. I didn't like it because I realized that really meant they were working on other peoples' requests, just not mine. Why not just tell me that I was the bottom of their priority?  I also didn't like when someone told me they didn't visit or call because they were...
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Leaders vs. Bosses at the Office Christmas Party

Leaders vs. Bosses at the Office Christmas Party

In the last few weeks, many of you have had a unique opportunity to interact with your co-workers...the office Christmas party. Here, we get to celebrate the year, have fun together, enjoy the company with whom we spend most of our waking hours...our coworkers, and often meet their significant others. Since I have the blessing to often be the "fly on the wall" in offices, I have taken to paying attention to the talk before and after office Christmas parties.  My position as a contractor, brought in from outside the team to do this or that, gives me a unique vantage point.  There's always the usual talk about the venue, menu, attendance, and the fun of meeting spouses.  There's also the discussion of teammates that I call the "Jekyll & Hyde" conversations.  They sound like... “Can you believe how so and so let his hair down?” “I never knew she could actually smile!” “Wow, he’s like a really nice guy outside...
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Enabling Joy – Your Calling As a Leader: Our inaugural book

Enabling Joy – Your Calling As a Leader: Our inaugural book

Have you ever found yourself... In a leadership role without formal authority for the team you are charged with leading A Leader of a project team, research team, product team, audit team, church committee, scout committee, athletic league, or, well the list could go on and on. I have written a book suited just for you, Enabling Joy – Your Calling as a Leader, now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions. This book is about our calling as leaders, to enable joy in work (ref: W. Edwards Deming).  Enabling Joy explores how to move that idea from a poster on the wall to improving the relationships on the team. Who would benefit from Enabling Joy? Enabling Joy is intended for people who practice serving leadership; leaders who want to serve his or her team well.  It is for those leaders who believe that you lead the people and manage the work, and not the other way around. Enabling Joy is written for people who are...
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