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Managing Generation Xers in the Multi-Generation Workplace

October 28th, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

Generation XIf you read my last blog (which of course you did!) you now have a better idea of how to work with and manage Baby Boomers. But what if you’re a Baby Boomer (born between 1946 and 1964) or a Millennial (born between 1980 and 2000) and you need to work more effectively with Generation Xers? THAT’S what we’re going to talk about this time.

Generation X refers to people born between 1965 and 1979. They grew up in the disco/pop/MTV era and witnessed the integration of the personal computer into our everyday lives. They are self-reliant (think “latch-key kids”), tribal and technologically literate. They work hard, but are more assertive in their quest for work/life balance than their Baby Boomer parents were.  They are..... Read More...

Communication, Diversity, Leadership, Multi-generational workforce, People, Teams

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As more and more peBabyBoomersople of “retirement age” keep working, either for financial reasons or simply wanting to keep actively engaged, the makeup of the typical organization now spans three generations: Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y/Millennials. This can present a number of challenges for team members and leaders alike as they try to figure out how to effectively interact in light of differing preferences in communication, recognition, motivation and other areas that impact the generations at work.
Let’s start with a short refresher on these three generations, and then we’ll look more specifically at the “care and feeding” of each generation. Baby Boomers, those of “flower power” and “an..... Read More...

Communication, Management, Multi-generational workforce, People

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You’re in a job you like, you can do it almost on autopilot, and your performance reviews are stellar. No need to update yoprofessional developmentur skills, right? Wrong!
Or…you’re in a job you hate, but, “it’s a job” and you’re so overworked or busy trying to keep that job that you have no time to even THINK about what’s next, let alone PREPARE for it. There’s just no way, right? Wrong!
Whether you like your job or hate it, keeping your skills and knowledge up-to-date and preparing for what’s next is a must. Here’s a “get real” process to help you get started.
1. Conduct an inventory. Look at your last performance review. Make a list of both strengths and development areas. Then think ab..... Read More...

Career, Learning, Professional development, Uncategorized

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Now would be a brilliancareer developmentt time for organizations to be thinking about how to engage their employees, and keep them happy, motivated and productive.  There’s a lot of “activity” in the work world these days with data indicating that employees “ain’t too happy,” and that many of them are looking for new, more appreciative work environments.  A recent Gallup survey showed that only 22% of employees are fully engaged and thriving.

What does that mean for you? When employees are engaged and thriving they are more likely to maintain strong work performance and less likely to leave. And we all know how costly it is when employees leave.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has identified 1..... Read More...

Career, Engagement, Leadership, People, Professional development

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Professional and team leadership, UncategorizedWe’ve all experienced them. Those bosses who are incredibly good at the business or technical side of their role – be it finance, sales, technology or whatever their expertise –and who are painfully lacking when it comes to dealing effectively with the people around them. The constantly closed door. The blow up in meetings. Communicating via email vs. face-to-face. The total disregard of others’ feelings. It’s all about the business! The human connection is missing.
Sound familiar? If you can’t think of an example in your office, think about the recent incident when AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong fired his creative director in front of 1000 employees. Although he apologized later, clear..... Read More...

Communication, Leadership, People, Professional and team leadership, Uncategorized

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Turning Team Conflict into Productive Discussions

July 31st, 2013

By: Karen Colligan

Productive DiscussionsConflict on teams is inevitable. And when managed effectively, it can actually be a good thing. New ideas are born; relationships are deepened through the airing and resolution of differences; teams grow stronger. But when you are a leader in the midst of conflict and attempting to deal with it while juggling everything else, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are 5 tips for managing team conflict effectively.
1. Know your own style and “over-extenders.” Understanding your leadership strengths and how you react under stress is essential to handling conflict in a constructive manner. Often our positive traits can be perceived as negative when over-extended. For example..... Read More...

Communication, conflict resolution, Leadership, People, Professional and team leadership, Teams

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