Millennials and Milestones
Making Generational Diversity A Workplace Win
I am celebrating my third anniversary as a Generational Diversity consultant! I am a Baby Boomer who is a huge ally of and advocate for Millennials. This is career number three for me, following careers in community development and higher education.
Those careers afforded me quite the toolbox for activating Millennials’ “passion buttons,” so when I heard that Millennials were having trouble engaging in the workplace, I set out to see how I could help.
My mission is to help Millennials and Boomers break down communication barriers so they can connect — leading to higher profitability and talent retention for businesses and organizations. After taking stock of what I’ve learned in the past three years, I’d like to share these lessons:
Generational diversity is getting a lot of attention right now. You may wonder why, since we’ve always had people of different ages, right? True, but the dawning of the 21st century introduced changes into society, and a brand new generation was among them.
Known as Millennials, these tech-savvy young people had a whole new way of being in the world — and now, in the workplace.
Diversity means sharing my workspace with someone who differs from me in race, gender, sexual orientation and generation. Inclusion means intentionally engaging their strengths and working with them to achieve work wins.
Millennial Leadership in Action: Dandridge Floyd and HR as A Culture Change Agent
Check In Often
Helping business leaders help their millennial employees is a big part of my job. A Finance leader faced a challenge that goes like this:
“I asked a department millennial to help me prepare charts for a big client presentation. I told him what I needed and that they were due the night before the presentation. I was shocked when the work he submitted was only 80% complete. I had to stay up all night finishing the report to meet the deadline. What is with these ‘kids?’ They are so lazy – they don’t even bother to complete assignments.”
Well here’s what I know from first-hand experience: MILLENNIALS ARE NOT LAZY. …..
Creative Leadership = Creative Change
As a generational diversity consultant, I’m a huge ally and advocate for Millennials in the workplace. I am always hunting for signs of what Millennials bring to the leadership table. Dandridge’s story not only demonstrates overcoming resistance to change, but she heralds a new generation of leadership.
I learned that we have an incoming generation of leaders who instinctively know that shared leadership and empowering others to use their strengths to launch initiatives results in authentic change.
Dandridge showed me that integrity trumps ego. I want what she has.
The Creative Process and Loss of Balance
A friend has been asked to give a speech on Leadership During Times of Change. As a change consultant, she asked for my take on the topic. Three key things popped into mind....
Stepping Into Creativia’s Six-Step System
Remember the expression that you must lose something in order to gain something? You are about to see how this plays out when we create.
Six Steps to Finding the Creative Way
Today I would like to begin our exploration of the creative process by diving in to Step 1: Preparation.
The First Step to Better Times is to Imagine Them
Upon checking LinkedIn this morning, I received a congratulatory note marking one year of Creativia. Wow. What do I have to show for it? It all depends on what you’re looking for.
Is this proverb a revelation or obvious? Do we imagine our desired future before embarking on its creation or do we stick to analyzing things as they are and methodically establish increments for change?