My leadership workshops are always filled with young leaders who may be new to an organization or new to an industry. They arrive excited to fill their leadership toolbox with skills or knowledge to help them grow in their careers and jobs. Being new to a career can be both filled with possibilities as well as fears of the unknown. Sometimes a young leader’s enthusiasm can be misinterpreted for a “need it now” attitude. But the truth is new leaders are eager to learn so they can make impactful contributions to their teams and companies.
So where is a young leader to begin? How can new leaders learn to be strong decision-makers and communicators
There is rarely a time that generational challenges don’t emerge in my leadership workshops or coaching sessions. The comments and concerns range from:
“Why can’t they have the same work ethic as we do?”
“Why are they so fixated on their phones and technology?”
“Why can’t they be more open to new ideas and different strategies?”
“Why can’t they see the value in a flexible workplace?”
“Why is work/life balance so scary to them?”
I am sure you have heard these same perspectives in your organization and may be wondering why we all can’t come together. Some even believe that if we just focus on the individuals that the generational… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Many of us spend much of our time working with people who possess high- ranking positional titles. These colleagues may be our bosses, our co-workers or even members of different departments. They seem to have control over how we run our jobs or at least we allow them that power. I see this pushy behavior all the time and hear the frustrations from those leaders who feel beholden to these “positional” leaders.
Just this week I spoke with a young leader who felt she was not being heard or recognized by senior people. Although she was a SME (subject matter expert), she was receiving pushback from higher-ups in a department she was helping. Here… Continue reading | 6 Comments
I have watched a very talented leader self-destruct before my very eyes. He wants to do it all, both professionally and personally. He works long hours in his office, always taking on tough assignments and additional work. He is the glue that keeps his team members connected and often is the go-to person when conflict flares. He is the person his boss will always choose to represent her in meetings if she is unable to attend. And as if that was not enough, he has a large group of friends who set up all sorts of social gatherings that he never misses. FOMO (Fear of missing out) keeps his evenings and weekends booked… Continue reading | 8 Comments
“They’re just lazy with no work ethic.”
“They’re way too bossy to listen to.”
“All they care about is being promoted.”
“They think that staying late every night is what is necessary.”
Do any of these statements ring a bell with you? Have you ever heard any of your team members blurt these comments out?
Having more than four generations in the workplace today offers some great opportunities for teams. With each generation sharing valuable strengths and talents, there is no doubt that teams can produce extraordinary outcomes. So why are so many organizations facing generational friction?
There are some leaders who would argue that generational differences don’t really exist… Continue reading | 6 Comments