Do you know and understand the three main generational groups in the United States workforce? Here’s an overview for quick reference:
Current Population: 75 million1
Agents of social change
Baby boomers have often been characterized by the significant social changes they have created. For example, the period of the 1960s was a time of great political and social change in government.
It was the Fall of 1989 when I had an “aha” moment about my leadership style. My good friend and mentor, Jim Lundy, had completed a 360-degree evaluation of me, and the news was not what I expected. In fact, when I first heard the results, it made me mad! That was until I finally came to my senses and accepted the horrible truth–
Sometimes a simple story can reveal a powerful truth. Such is the case with a story told by my good friend and mentor, Jim Lundy…
I try to stay out of the prediction business. It’s a prescription for inevitable failure. Think about the weatherman. He’s right about half the time only because he’s wrong the other half! Peter Drucker expressed it this way, “Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.” That said, I’ve got three bold predictions for 2017…
Recently, a friend and I were talking about setting goals for the new year. One of my questions to him was, “What do you dream to accomplish in 2017?” He replied, “That’s a good question”, then paused for a while and eventually said “I can’t answer your question, because I don’t know what I would dream to accomplish this year. I really have not thought about it!”
I love this time of year! It seems like that for a brief time, generosity and relationships take their rightful place in our busy lives. As we come to the end of 2016 and think about the new year before us, we have a special opportunity…
For years I was “Mr. Idea Man” in our company. But that was my job, wasn’t it? As the leader of the company, I thought it was my duty to generate the ideas and map out how to implement them. Eventually, I learned that there was a better way to lead my team. I discovered a method for increasing innovation and managing change at the same time.
Have you ever made a bad decision? I have made many, but one stands out in my mind because it was a very public decision. I’ve thought quite a bit about what went wrong. Although at first it wasn’t obvious, I have discovered the root cause, which is present in many of our bad decisions.
Little did I know that in 1983 I would be asked to be the President of my local Rotary Club, an international volunteer service organization. A few weeks before I started, I asked our Board of Directors if it would be okay for me to arrange an off-site club assembly at the home of one of our members. Volunteer Leadership
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.