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Time For a New Approach to Motivating Millennials

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Article Written by:  Susan Fowler, www.smartbrief.com

A business magazine in Korea interviewed me for an article on the science of motivation. I didn’t realize the article was focused on millennials until I saw the headline — the only part written in English.

No matter where I work in the world, the question of motivating millennials seems to pop up. Understandable, since this group of people ages 16 to 37 constitutes the largest segment of the world’s current and future labor force (35% in the U.S.). I can’t read the article in Korean, so I thought I’d capture the essence of what I really think about motivating millennials.

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61 million Gen Zers Are About to Enter the US Workforce and Radically Change it Forever

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Article Written by Chris Morris, CNBC.com

  • Gen Z accounts for 61 million people in the U.S., a group larger than Gen X.
  • Hiring Gen Zers will require more of a marketing effort by companies. This group is looking more for good day-to-day work experiences.
  • Managers say it will be more difficult to manage and train Gen Z employees than older generations, since they are not as savvy at social interaction, according to a national survey by APPrise Mobile.

A new generation is starting to enter the workforce, and the office as you know it could be about to change dramatically. Generation Z — people born after 1996 — is about to hit the working world in a big way. Consulting firm BridgeWorks estimates that Gen Z accounts for 61 million people in the U.S., a number that’s already larger than Generation X and two-thirds the size of the baby boomers.

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9 Negotiation Tips for People Who Hate Negotiating

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Article Written by:  Sara Lindberg, Business Insider

  • Negotiation is not the same thing as conflict— you have to be willing to compromise and/or say no if you don’t like the offer.
  • Though it’s widely hated, being able to negotiate is a skill you need if you want to get ahead in your career.
  • Being optimistic, prepared, and using active listening can boost your changes of success.

When I left the comfort of a steady paycheck to pursue full-time freelance work, I had no idea how difficult negotiating in the work world was going to be.

For the prior 20 years, I’d lived in the land of education. I worked in a system that pays a set amount of money based on two criteria: the number of years you’ve been working, and the amount of education you have.

As a result, I was poorly prepared for the world of freelance, where being successful requires you to be a master negotiator — something I’ve always hated doing.

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Stop Hating The People You Serve

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Article Written By:  Dan @ LeadershipFreakBlog
May 8, 2018
Leaders get frustrated with the people they serve. You hear them grumble, “What’s wrong with people?” It happens in the business world, education, church world, and governments as well.

“Dissatisfaction – apart from loving action – eventually morphs into hate.”

10 symptoms of hateful leadership:

Minimizing or ignoring your impact on others.
Peevishness that won’t let go of small issues, faults, or offenses.
Withholding help when you’re able to make work easier for others.
Criticism that points to wrong without working to make something right.
Complaining that camps in the past.

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My Mom With Alzheimer’s Needed Me. My Business Did, Too

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Article Written by:  Val Brown, FastCompany.com

When my mother was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, in 2014, she was 86 and already at a late stage of her disease. I was hard at work running my brand marketing agency, and knew I’d need to scale things back in order to care for her. I trimmed my client list and planned for the company’s finances to tighten. But I could never have fully readied myself for the experience ahead.

Anyone who’s cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s knows all too well the pain, frustration, and suffering experienced by both patient and caregiver. Many of us must also hold down a job or keep a business running while managing doctors, home health workers, finances, legal documents, prescriptions, food shopping, equipment rentals and, of course, just spending time with your ailing relative. Then there are the minor details of your own personal life, which can instantly fall to the bottom of your never-ending to-do list.

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Few Do-Overs in Leadership, Instead, Do-Different

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Article Written by:   Art Petty; www.artpetty.com

In a perfect world, we would all start our roles as managers and emerging leaders fully aware of the behaviors and ingredients that promote success. In reality, the work of leading is learned through clumsy practice and (hopefully) refined over time. I for one would love a do-over for my ego-driven, “my way or the highway” early days as a manager. Unfortunately, there are no do-overs in leadership, just opportunities to do-different. For anyone striving to climb

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How To Retrain Older Employees

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Article Written by Joe Humphries, www.inddist.com

Most employers consider the benefits of training new employees, but they often forget about retraining older employees. Older employees can often get lost in the shuffle when it comes to training. Luckily, all is not lost with the older employee. There are plenty of ways to ensure your older employees get up to code with all the latest training materials.

The Benefits of Retraining Older Workers
Older workers can get lost in the shuffle when it comes to job training and placement. The longer a worker has been on the job, the more likely he or she will end up just another cog in the machine. Retraining older workers can give them a sense of purpose. It can help them understand that they haven’t been forgotten about. It can also help them pass “best practices” on to other employees.

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How to Make Your Speaking Voice Sound More Intelligent

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Article Written by:  Dr. Nick Morgan, PublicWords.com

You’re standing in the wings, getting ready to go on stage to give an important speech. If you’re like most people, you’re just a little nervous at this point. Well, OK, maybe more than a little nervous. Maybe you’re terrified. And maybe you’re asking yourself, how do I sound more intelligent, confident, dominant, and attractive than I really am in order to succeed with this audience?

Fortunately for you, Susan M. Hughes, from the Department of Psychology at Albright College, has carried out a neat little research study to help you do exactly that.

The results are more nuanced and surprising than you might expect.

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Small Details for Big Picture People

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Article Written by:  Eric Torrence, ThinDifference.com

For some of us, details are like the Dementors from Harry Potter. If “Dementor” is a foreign word to you, here’s how one of J.K. Rowling’s characters, Professor Lupin, described them: “Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them.”

For a large portion of people (including me), details drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around us. Perhaps that sounds melodramatic, but it’s how I feel whenever an Excel spreadsheet opens up.

Detail Oriented or Big Picture: Which Are You?
We all tend to fall into one of two categories: big picture or detail-oriented. Big picture people love grand visions, brainstorming new ideas, and Cliff Notes or “Executive Summaries.” Detail-oriented individuals love intricate systems, spreadsheets, and nuance. They probably do their own taxes.

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7 Power Tips For Having A Tough Conversation

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Article Found on Leadership Freak Blog

7 Power Tips for Having a Tough Conversation:

#1. Build positive relationships.

#2. Prepare carefully.

#3. Choose an effective location.

#4. Stay open.

#5. Get to the point quickly.

#6. Turn to the future.

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