• 7 Ways To Develop Your Company's Millennials For Leadership

    7 Ways To Develop Your Company’s Millennials For Leadership

    Those managers sitting around the conference table really ARE younger than ever. Here's how to help them develop into effective leaders.

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  • What Makes Effective Teams

    Google Tells Us What Makes Effective Teams – Are They Right?

    Google attempted to define what made some of their teams more effective than others. What they found might surprise you.

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  • Retirement: Your Final Leadership Transition

    Retirement: Your Final Leadership Transition

    How can you as a leader make a successful transition into retirement? Read on to learn how to navigate this very personal transition.

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  • Mojo: Ingredients That Create Happiness Meaning In Life

    How’s Your Mojo? Master The Ingredients That Create Happiness & Meaning In Life

    How can you find happiness and meaning in your own life? Nobody can define that for you but you. This article shows you how.

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  • Leaders That Embrace Capitalism Will Save Us

    Steve Forbes: Leaders Must Embrace Capitalism To Save Us

    Steve Forbes discusses an intriguing yet simple definition of capitalism and the competencies leaders need to ensure it grows and prospers.

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  • Don't Be Shy -- Networking Strategies To Get That New Job

    Don’t Be Shy – 3 Networking Strategies To Get That New Job

    60-80% of people find jobs through personal contacts. If you don’t have a network to, well, network with, it’s time to get over it!

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7 Ways To Develop Your Company’s Millennials For Leadership

7 Ways To Develop Your Company's Millennials For Leadership

Doesn’t that manager look a little young?

If you’ve asked yourself or someone else that question recently, you may have good reason.

In many organizations, people are moving into management and leadership roles earlier than ever in their careers.

There’s a good reason why this is happening. Demographically, Millennials became the largest generational cohort in the U.S. workplace in March 2015.

US Labor Force By Generation Graph

At the same time, changes among previous generations in the workplace are opening up new opportunities for Millennials.

For example, baby Boomers are retiring at the rate of 10,000 per day, and Generation X — the group currently in their forties and fifties — are too small a generation to fill all the leadership slots opening up as Boomers retire.

What is a “Millennial”?

Demographers don’t always agree on the exact definition of the generational cohort called “Millennials. But in general, they are people born between 1981-2000.

Other generations are also defined as being born during a roughly 20-year period:

  • “Silents” 1928-1945
  • “Boomers” 1946-1964
  • “Generation X” 1965-1980

So, although the oldest Millennials are just in their mid-thirties, they are and will continue to be, moving into leadership positions earlier in their careers than their predecessors.

In fact, a study by Deloitte in 2013 indicated that 50% of Millennials already hold leadership roles.

In addition, a survey done by Deloitte in 2015 suggest businesses, particularly in developed markets, will need to make significant changes to attract and retain their future workforce.

What all this means is that organizations urgently need their Millennial employees to be ready to step up into leadership — now.

How can you make sure they’re ready?

Here are a few suggestions to consider and help your organization build and retain its Millennial leaders:

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Google Tells Us What Makes Effective Teams – Are They Right?

What Makes Effective Teams

Recent articles and books have cited the work of Google’s Project Aristotle, a team that used data to attempt to define what made some of Google’s teams more effective than others.

Over several years, the company looked at – and ruled out – almost every cliché about what makes for the best teams.

  • Diversity? Nice to have but not decisive.
  • Having lots of “A players”? Sure, but it doesn’t make the difference.
  • A very structured approach to meetings and interactions? Nope.
  • An unstructured, creative approach to meetings? Nope, not that either.

What Google discovered in their internal analysis validates what many people have learned firsthand: The most effective teams are those in which everybody feels trusted and respected.

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Retirement: Your Final Leadership Transition

Retirement: Your Final Leadership Transition

The following post is an excerpt from a recent Leadership Leverage radio show. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Today I’ll be exploring the topic of leadership from a unique perspective – how we as leaders can make a transition into retirement a successful one.

To help us navigate this very personal yet also public transition – a transition that for many leaders is the last one they will make – we’re joined by the distinguished professor, consultant and author Dr. Nancy K. Schlossberg.

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Dr. Schlossberg is an expert in the areas of adult transitions, retirement, career development, and inter-generational relationships.

She’s a past president of the National Career Development Association, Co-President of the Consulting Group Transition Works, and a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the College of Education at the University of Maryland.

In addition, she has written several books and has delivered well over 100 keynote speeches and made several national television appearances, including a PBS special on the subject of retirement.

Her book entitled “Revitalizing Retirement: Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose” is a foundation of our dialogue today.

Nancy, welcome to Leadership Leverage.

Dr. Schlossberg: I’m delighted to be here.

Dr. Denker: And I’m delighted to have you here, too. Nancy, you’re often referred to as this expert in retirement, but more appropriately you should really be defined as an expert in transitions.

And so, can you explain the fundamental stages of a transition?

Dr. Schlossberg: Well, can I back up for a minute and explain how I am both, definitely in quotes, “an expert in transitions and an expert in retirement?”

During the time that I was a professor, I studied transitions; I studied how people were coping with change, and I developed a framework for understanding transitions.

Whether it’s a divorce, a geographical move, retirement, becoming a grandparent, losing a child, whatever the transition is, there is a way of looking at it, and a way of understanding it and sometimes I call my talks on it taking the mystery – if not the misery – out of change.

In other words, I can explain the transition model to you, but it doesn’t mean you won’t have some angst about it.

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How’s Your Mojo? Master The Ingredients That Create Happiness & Meaning In Life

Mojo: Ingredients That Create Happiness Meaning In Life

The following post is an excerpt from a recent Leadership Leverage radio show. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Today we’ll be exploring the topic of leadership from a unique perspective – that is, we’ll be gaining an understanding of “mojo”.

In our discussion we’ll learn what mojo is, how to get it, how to keep it, and how to get our mojo back if we’ve lose it.To help us navigate this journey, our guest is Dr. Marshall Goldsmith – a distinguished educator, author, and one of the world’s most famous executive coaches.

His book entitled, “Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back if You Lose It,” is a foundation for our dialogue today.

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Dr. Goldsmith is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior for themselves, their people, and their team and was named last year by The London Times and Forbes, as one of the 15 most influential business thinkers in the world.

His books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into 30 languages and his articles, videos, and resources have been viewed by more than 4 million visitors from over 195 countries, and can be accessed on marshallgoldsmithlibrary.com.

Mastering Your Mojo

Dr. Denker: You know Marshall, I have to ask you because I’m curious.

You’ve edited or authored more than 30 books. Why do this book, on this topic, at this point in your career?

Dr. Goldsmith: Mojo focuses on intrapersonal.

The previous book was how to become a better leader, build better relationships with others and Mojo is looking inside yourself and saying: “how can I find happiness and meaning in my own life?”

By the way, nobody can define that for me but me. Nobody can define that for you but you.

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Steve Forbes: Leaders Must Embrace Capitalism To Save Us

Leaders That Embrace Capitalism Will Save Us

 The following post is an excerpt from a recent Leadership Leverage radio show. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Dr. Denker: Today we’ll be exploring the topic of leadership from a unique perspective.

That is we’ll be gaining an understanding of the type of leaders we need to help capitalism stay alive and well.

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In our discussion we will learn an intriguing yet simple definition of what capitalism is and what type of competencies leaders need to ensure capitalism grows and prospers in the years to come.

To help us navigate this journey, our guest today is the distinguished Mr. Steve Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes, Inc. and Editor In Chief of Forbes Magazine.

His book that he co-authored with Elizabeth Ames entitled “How Capitalism Will Save Us” forms the foundation for our dialogue today.

Steve Forbes, welcome to Leadership Leverage.

Steve Forbes: Good to be with you. Thank you.

Capitalism Doesn’t Have An Agenda

Dr. Denker: It’s an honor to have you.

Steve Forbes
Steve Forbes: “In free markets, you may want money, but you’re not going to get it unless you provide things, products, services that other people want. It’s a transaction.”

Before we begin this discussion, I want to point out that Leadership Leverage was created to increase the awareness of current leadership thinking and to share some of the best practices as a way to further the profession of leadership across the globe.

Having said that, the show doesn’t have a political agenda and for that matter neither does capitalism, does it?

Steve Forbes: Well, that’s right.

Capitalism – true free markets – is about succeeding by serving the needs and wants of other people and Hollywood always portrays capitalism as based on greed, but greed means taking something that doesn’t belong to you.

In free markets, you may want money, but you’re not going to get it unless you provide things, products, services that other people want. It’s a transaction.

If you go to a restaurant for example, your restaurant wants your money, you want the food, you get the food, the restaurant gets your money.

Each gets something out of a transaction.

Now, human nature being what it is, some transactions we don’t like to do.

Nobody gets any thrill out of paying the electricity bill or paying the rent or other things.

Not as much fun as shopping for a new pair of shoes or something, but you do get something in return. You get the juice and the electric company gets your money.

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Don’t Be Shy – 3 Networking Strategies To Get That New Job

Don't Be Shy -- Networking Strategies To Get That New Job

When you’re in the market for a new job, what’s the same piece of advice you hear over and over?

NETWORK! YOU NEED TO NETWORK!

And there’s good reason why people give you that advice. Experts estimate that anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of people find jobs through personal contacts.

But what if you don’t have a network with which to, well, network? 

Let’s start with the excuses or reasons why you might not have a network to tap:

  • You just graduated from college
  • You just moved to a new city and don’t know anyone yet
  • You’re changing industries
  • You don’t want the people you work with currently to know you’re looking
  • You’re just not good at networking

If you’re making any of these excuses, it’s time to get over it!

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