Can’t see the trees for the forest

forestI know this is backwards. Follow me here…

I’m working with a very high level team of people doing a session to help them understand each other better and ultimately drive better business results.

Individually, they’re all top performers who understand the business and think at a very high level. As a group, they aren’t clicking on all cylinders. The good news, is they want to get better. The bad news, they don’t realize where they are.

After using a few individual and team assessments, it’s evident that they collectively think they are a very high functioning team. Realistically, they’re not as highly functioning as they might think.

Where’s the gap?

Most people struggle with thinking at a high enough level. Sometimes, it’s possible to think too highly…

Make sure you’re taking time to notice areas that could be improved. Yes, you have to focus on business results; however, the areas of communication and real teamwork can take a backseat. The danger here is missing opportunities that would actually make the business better.

Communication and teamwork provide candor, feedback, new ideas, less downtime due to silos, etc.

What are you doing to work at being a better team? If you don’t, you’ll likely only see the forest – and miss the trees. Without the trees, it’s not a forest…

Hey, Millennials, Learn to Lead

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about how Gen Y fits into the scheme of things in the workforce. As a generation, Gen Y MUST to learn to lead.

Millennials and career path

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We all know that Gen Y will be more than 50% of the workforce by 2020 and some estimates even show 75% by 2025. We also know they’re the “ME” generation; they’re the “entitled” generation; they’re the “lazy” generation, etc.

First, let me say to all of you who were born prior to 1978, you will have a really tough time understanding Gen Y, just as people older than you had a hard time understanding why you’d want to have teased up bangs or would voluntarily wear polyester (Gen Y doesn’t understand that one either).

Secondly, for those of us who are born after 1978, we think we can change the world and for the first time in history, we have the tools to actually do it. The only problem is that we’re not in charge…yet. What are we supposed to do in the meantime?

Actually, that’s not the ONLY problem for Gen Y. We’re going to be talking about some of the other issues our generation faces as we navigate our careers.

How we’re different:

Gen Y does almost everything differently. We (Gen Y) collaborate; they compete. We drift; they anchor. We don’t even think about diversity; they are trying to define it. We like praise; they consider a paycheck/promotion enough.

There are hours and hours of examples here; you get the picture.

How we’re the same:

What we tend to ignore (collective we being Gen Y, Gen X, Boomers, Traditionalists), is that we have many fundamental similarities. Passion, drive, work ethic, values, wanting to leave a legacy, spirituality, need to be a part of something, longing to learn and grow, etc., are just a few examples.

I know, you read that list and thought I’d lost my mind…that’s what separates us! WRONG! We all want those things, however, our definition of those things is quite different.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading the next few posts. If you disagree, please chime in and let me know how you see it differently.

Baby Boomers made bad decisions too

Mom & Dad 1971

Full disclosure:

I am a Gen Y but was born at the very beginning of the era. I was raised by Boomers who held very Traditionalist values. I’ve tried to expose myself to many different schools of thought from all the generations but I know I can only see things through my own eyes. I catch myself thinking like a Y and an X sometimes. You too, may not fit exactly into the neat little generational boxes and that’s okay.

My Goal:

Simply to expose others to different perspectives. My writing comes from much reading and research for a class I’m working on to teach leaders how to understand and to get the most out of different generations.


What Stephen Covey Didn’t Teach Us

ImageYou know who Stephen Covey is. You know that he died recently at the age of 79. You know that he wrote one of the most popular books in history.

Recently, I read a summary of 10 Covey quotes that can change your life, and one of them really paralleled what we were discussing recently and how people make time for what they want to make time for.

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