In my last book, Surviving the Talent Exodus, I predicted that Facebook might become a permanent communication medium in our lives. Today, I communicate with some business connections faster and more often through Facebook. However, as the growth of Facebook slows down, I am starting to notice interesting realities that might indicate Facebook is mortal after all. Not unlike his ancestor MySpace, Facebook is indeed vulnerable. Without significant adaptation, Facebook may also become less significant in our lives. This devaluation could become the fertile soil for something new. As fast as we adapted to Facebook, we could just as quickly adapt to the next interesting twist for social media. So what exactly is threatening Facebook as we speak? The answers are both obvious and subtle. These speculations are likely taking place in boardroom discussions at the now publically owned entity we call Facebook. If they are not being discussed with significant regularity, Facebook will be difficult to sustain. Here are some questions to consider about Facebook’s future.
Teaching supervisors to be more than the one-dimensional “superoperator” (superoperators are simply the best at what they did prior to accepting a new role as boss) of the past requires work and repetition, along with a desire to improve. The position of frontline supervisor, more than any other, can make or break retention goals for any organization. I have discovered some simple strategies that can be taught. With practice and encouragement, supervisors can improve retention for their organization.
As a student of organizational leadership, I analyze the similarities and special characteristics that differentiate one company from another. What makes one organization shine while others seem so content with remaining average? The most likely answer is fear, but the complete answer is, of course, much more complex. Fear of failure transcends the spectrum of our awareness. There is comfort and even safety in the mediocrity of our existence. Therefore, what it takes to leave the comfort of the pack becomes rare.
While I am a strong advocate and firm believer in higher education, it seems to me that we created a culture today that makes a child feel like a failure if they do not complete a four year degree in something. As a result, I am seeing millennials chase a diploma that may limit their opportunities for success upon completion. At the same time many are being saddled with extremely high debt to pay for the education they never intended to use.
I am seeing more and more aspiring young leaders in the training classes I provide for successful organizations. Collectively, managers need to be prepared for a new approach to this high-pressure position. Millennials are quick to learn and eager to compete for the positions being vacated by the boomers, and their early success rate may just surprise you.
Business today no longer rewards the stable company or employee; now it’s those who take risks who achieve success. So what makes your organization stand out from your competitors? Why would an innovative thinker want to work for you? Leading the Lazy teaches you how to modify your leadership style so you can maximize distinctive productivity that keeps your business moving at the forefront of the market. As you learn the art of being anti-ordinary, you will begin to see why commonness is one of the most significant enemies you face. Discover why you must develop intolerance for the ordinary and how you can create a multigenerational workforce culture that stimulates and supports continuous change. Millennials are flooding the workforce and are resisting the standards left over from older generations. It’s a new world, and it’s time to make new rules—are you up for the challenge?
To be successful in today’s business world you must blaze your own trail and learn how to lead other innovators in a workplace culture that is spurred by change.
The generation labeled as “lazy” by some and “brilliant” by others bring a blank experience canvas to the leadership positions they are being offered. They are not infected with negativity nor toxic leadership experiences as generations of the past have been. As a result, they tend to more positive, open-minded, and eager to learn what it takes to become a successful leader in the workplace. Even more amazing is their quick recognition of the old stereotypes that really never worked but were so readily tolerated by management of the past.
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Millennials will simply walk off your job and disappear without warning. The old custom for giving notice is more rare than common and this generation prefers not to deal with the confrontation associated with a formal resignation. In fact, we call today’s young generation vapors because they disappear almost as suddenly as they appear. According to Gallup, 89% of employers believe money is the reason most people leave a job, when in reality only 12% leave for more money. This lack of understanding drives organizations to make poor decisions when addressing the growing concerns associated with high turnover. A study by Roger Herman in 2011 revealed that 75% of people quit a job because of direct supervision. That is correct, three out four people that quit your company because of a bad boss.
Why is this young generation so different? Are there factors in place that separate today’s youth from those in the past? The research reveals two subsets that make this generation different. In fact, this generation is a product of changing family dynamics as well as today’s economic reality. This generation is more a reflection of contemporary society and reflects the values we as parents utilize for decision making. Good or bad, parents must own the reality of the generation we have created.
It is interesting how truly ironic life can be when you are able to view it through the portal of wisdom. Experience is a valued old master that cannot be replicated no matter how much we try. Our need to be accepted as teenagers is a significant barrier to success as adults. As adults, we must often be different in order to achieve success. The average student, worker, singer, or athlete is rarely blessed with success by most definitions. The acceptance paradox states that the need to be accepted during one stage in life can actually prevent success in another.