February 9, 2016


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Friends Who Only Phone When They Want Something

This is a great blog post written by Colin Shaw.  Was sent to me via LinkedIn.

Friends Who Only Phone When They Want Something.

Great article, and I could not have said it better.

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Finding Joe: A Must See Documentary For Everyone

In the early 20th century while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told. He called it “the hero’s journey.” Finding Joe explores how the hero’s journey is relevant and essential in today’s world. It provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life or, as Campbell would simply state, how to “follow your bliss.” The film takes us on an inspirational quest of self-discovery. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the holy grail you seek is closer than you think.  (Description for movie from Amazon.com).

This video is available online through YouTube at no charge.

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A Different Take On The “Trust Fall”

If any of you have not seen this video on You Tube, check it out!  In leadership and team coaching, we often use the “trust fall” exercise to demonstrate trust on a team.  Yet, this is a bit of a different take:

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Generation Y News and Articles

Why Does Generation Y Love Ron Paul?

Generation Y at a Ron Paul  RallyCongressman Ron Paul: 12 term Congressman from the state of Texas? Check!

Ron Paul: MD who graduated from Duke University who, as an OBGYN, delivered over 4,000 babies: Check!

Ron Paul: Served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. Check!

Ron Paul:  A member of the Beatles who draws crowds of young people like a magnet…just like John Lennon and Paul McCartney.  Can’t check that one, because he was not a member of the Beatles.  BUT…he is drawing in the under 30 voters like flies to honey (Being a Southerner talking about a Texan…just had to throw that analogy in).  He is truly drawing the under 30 voters like a rockstar would!

This really has the media baffled, and quite frankly, Congressman Paul is somewhat baffled.  Here he is…a man born in 1934, and he is truly the political rockstar of the men and women born between about 1985-1994.  This is the age of men and women who are currently ages 18-28.  Generation Y spans the birth years of 1977-1997, but we are seeing young voters from ages 18-28 showing up in huge packs to cheer the elder leader on.  They are walking along major interstates with Ron Paul signs, and they are on waiting lists to work for the 76 year old Congressman. 

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5 Ways to Identify Your Next Generation Leaders and How to Train Them Up

Gen Y PictureAs many of you are aware, our world is at a critical point in history. Many studies are estimating that in the next 10-12 years, approximately 45-50% of the workforce in the United States alone will be gone, and most of the workers are from the Baby Boomer generation. They will be leaving in droves in leadership roles in business, education, government, the medical field and the world of non profits.

Many people argue that Generation X will fill these leadership roles and that all will be fine. Well…if you do the math, you will find our three main demographics in our world today include these numbers:

Baby Boomers: Approximately 70 million
Generation X: Approximately 45 million
Generation Y: Approximately 80 million

If you look at these figures, it is obvious that once the Baby  Boomer Generation is out of the workforce, we are most definitely going to have a shortage of leadership talent.

I speak with young men and women under the age of 30 every day, and many tell me that they have been thrust into early leadership positions without any training, coaching or shadowing. They show up for work and hear “Hey…Margaret…Bob’s last day is tomorrow, so you are stepping into his role.” While the names in this statement are fictional, the scenario is not.

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Are You Praising Generation Y or Complaining and Calling Them Names?

Look at this poor guy to the rightGuy Rolling Eyes. When you think about Generation Y, is this what you look like? Or, when you are in a presentation, hearing about all of the good, the not so great and the challenges with this new generation, do you find yourself:

  • Rolling your eyes
  • Smirking
  • Having side conversations with your colleagues about their “entitlement” issues
  • Sighing…wishing this Generation would just do things the way YOU do them
  • Thinking of all of the ugly names you can call Gen Y like lazy, narcissistic and demanding
  • Walking out of the room , because you just don’t like what you’re hearing

If so, the Generation Ys in your life may not be the problem…the problem may be YOU!

You may think I am exaggerating about the above bullet list, but I am not.  The above six things are what I witness every time I lead a presentation to an audience of  Generation Xers  and Baby Boomers about our rising generation of leaders, parents and community caretakers…Generation Y OR as they would preferred to be called “The Millennials”.  I was even asked one time why they “had to have their own name”.  My response:  “If you had 3 brothers named “Bill” or even “Bob, Brant and Ben”, would you want to be named Bill just because your older siblings were named something similar?”  (Referring to the fact that demographers just gave Generation Y their name because the letter Y follows the letter X).  

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