Managing Across Generations – 3 Strategies for Success

One of the biggest challenges managers face is the generational differences in their work forces. Problems can arise from differing mindsets and communication styles of workers born in different eras. These challenges can be aggravated by new technology and work patterns that mix workers of different ages in ever-changing teams. Managing the mixture of ages, values and views is an increasingly difficult task. Yet there are ways that you as a manager can set you and your team up for success.

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Hit the Mental Gym

To build muscles, it takes repetition and rest.  What if it were the same for changing the brain?  Thanks to neuroplasticity, we can change our brain by breaking out of routines and building new ways of being. The Harvard Business Review references neuroscience studies in many of their articles on changing habits, professional development and self-awareness such as this one: Four New Tools for Brain Workouts. When trying to change something, especially a self-defeating thought or trigger, follow this workout. 

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Intuition: It’s More than Your Gut

In daily decision making, when can you make a quick decision over a well calculated one?  It has to do with trusting your intuition. Interestingly, there are 3 types of intuition.  Yes, 3.  However only expert intuition is emotionally and cognitively based, which is the best type to rely on when making quick/confident decisions. Ordinary Intuition This describes your gut feeling, like a tingle, twitch or rumble in your stomach. Example: I’m interviewing someone for a position.  And before interviewing them, my gut says,

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Work/Life Balance of a CEO

Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Meg Whitman.  Could these recognizable CEOs teach us something about balance?  Five hundred CEOs from companies like Google, Kellogg’s, and AT&T were interviewed by Entrepreneur to discuss their average day.  The interesting thing is regardless of our job title, we can do some of these things too: wake up early, create healthy habits, work within teams, and prioritize professional development. Here are a few pages from the average CEOs playbook. Schedule strategic time –Consider

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I’m a Millennial: I Can’t be Managed, but I can be Inspired

I have a confession, a dirty little secret that I need to share with you: I’m a millennial. I’m not sure if I’m proud of it, and I certainly can’t control it, but it is who I am. I work with managers across a variety of industries and the thread that binds them all together is a singular question: what the heck do I do with the millennials at my company? As a member of this confounding generation, I’m not

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