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How Managers Can Better Support And Retain Millennial Colleagues

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Millennial turnover is a huge problem for leaders. Millennials account for nearly 40 percent of the American workforce, and by 2025, that number balloons to 75 percent of the global workplace.
“Over 60 percent of millennials leave their company in under three years,” explains Elizabeth McLeod, a Millennial and cum laude grad of Boston University. “And, there are four reasons why Millennials dump their middle-aged managers,” adds McLeod.
She says those reasons are:  Leaders tolerate low performanceROI is not enough of a motivatorCulture is more than free PaneraLeaders often treat their employees like a number Elizabeth McLeodand her mother, Lisa Earle McLeod, are a mother/daughter consulting team whose clients include Google, Roche, Hootsuite, and G Adventures. Lisa is the author of the book, Selling with Noble Purpose.

How To Use Words That Create Excitement And Passion

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"When you convey your vision, you must show your passion for it and commitment to it," explains Bart Egnal in his book, Leading Through Language.
And, use words that show how you and your listeners should feel about what you are saying whether that be about your vision or the vision of your organization.
For example, here are two examples from Egnal that demonstrate how to take a generic vision and then deliver it with language that shows the speaker's emotions:
Emotionless: "To become Florida's industry leader in caring for seniors in their retirement by 2020."
With excitement: "I believe that together we can take this company to a place where we are the industry leader in Florida by 2020 - and we'll do it by becoming the first choice for seniors who are looking for a place to retire comfortably."
Emotionless: "To become a truly global fertilizer products business that serves clients on all continents."
With urgency, passion: "We&…

How To Create Compelling Employee Programs

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As you select the employee programs you'll offer at your company during 2018, consider choosing one or more from this list of 17 from Richard P. Finnegan, author of the book, The Stay Interview.
Employee Programs Presentation opportunities at new employee orientationsPlanning committees for holiday parties and other eventsEmployee referral programs and rewardsFlexible scheduleWork from homeTuition reimbursementInternal training programsMentoring programsInternal input groupsCareer day or fairsFund-raising walks, and other volunteer civic programsProfessional certificationsReimbursement for membership in Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and other professional civic organizationsCompany-sponsored recreation teams from softball to yogaParticipation in the company's donation decisionsTransportation help via ride-sharing/van poolingCompany policy for matching personal donation to charities

How To Use The Language Of Leadership

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Communication expert Bart Egnal reveals why jargon is so prevalent in the workplace, and why it usually undermines those who use it, in his book, Leading Through Language.
Step by step, Egnal demonstrates how effective leaders reject fuzzy terminology in favor of the language of leadership. And, by language of leadership, he means using language that clearly and powerfully brings ideas to life for the audience.
The book has two parts. The first part examines why jargon exists and discusses its implications for leaders.The second part teaches how to use language that conveys ideas with energy, clarity, and conviction.
Egnal also explains that before you think about language you need to adopt a leader's mindset using these six principles: Begin with vision. You must define the vision as a possibility that others can embrace or aspire to fulfill.Yet, it must be concrete enough that people can grasp it as something clear and achievable.Define your own conviction. When you speak from a pla…

Book Highlights From High Velocity Hiring

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The following statements from author Scott Wintrip convinced me to read his book, High Velocity Hiring: How To Hire Top Talent In An Instant:
"Hiring is broken. There's a new way to hire that's faster, efficient, and effective. Instead of waiting for the right person to show up, the new way to hire is to wait for the right job to show up. Instead of waiting until a seat is empty to search for talent, the new way of hiring starts the talent search before that job opens."
Wintrip explains how companies across the globe have applied the principles of the on-demand economy to hiring. And, perhaps counter-intuitively, he demonstrates how hiring faster creates better employees and improved working relationships.
The book takes you through a five-step process: Create Hire-Right ProfilesImprove Candidate GravityMaximize Hiring StylesConduct Experiential InterviewsMaintain a Talent InventoryMost interesting to me is Wintrip's Talent Inventory concept -- creating a pool or ros…

How To Create The Five-Part Circle Of Winning

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The Cycle of Winning has five parts: Decide, Overdo, Adjust, Finish, Keep Improving. These are the five actions that winners take to get on track and to help stay on tract. Theses actions create Serial Winners, explains Larry Weidel in his book, Serial Winner.
"Serial Winners leverage a cycle of winning action to make progress," says Weidel. "They do something every day that puts them on a course for the things they want in life."
"As you read [the book], you'll realize that you're already doing some of these things. But one or more of them will jump out at you -- the things you're missing," adds Weidel.
In the book, Weidel presents a step-by-step process that you can apply to your life, career and in your business.
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For example, Weidel teaches: Don't Hesitate, Decide -- Serial Winners make up their minds to being and then they keep moving. They know the clock is ticking and they need to continually make decisions and take action. If…

How To Be A Humble Leader

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From John Blakey's book, The Trusted Executive, here are these four tips from Jim Collins for how to be a humble leader: Demonstrate a compelling modesty, shunning public adulation and never be boastful.Act with quiet, calm determination and motivate others through inspired standards, not inspiring charisma.Channel ambition into the company, not the self, and set up successors for even more greatness in the next generation.Look in the mirror, not out of the window, when apportioning responsibility for poor performance.

How To Identify Emerging Talent

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From the book, Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change, comes this useful checklist from author H. James Dallas for how to identify and develop emerging talent in your company/organization.
Dallas recommends that each question should be graded on a scale of 1 to 3, with 3 being the best. Use the questions and the scoring for you and your employee to work together toward the highest ratings across the board. Has the person demonstrated a "getting lost with confidence" mind-set?Does the person communicate with authenticity?Has the person created a strong personal brand that is recognized by colleagues of all levels?Does the person know his or her blind spots and have people watching to prevent him or her from crashing?Is the person getting exposure to executive management?Does the person seek out and seriously consider advice?Is the person building an inclusive team and sponsoring others?Is the person proactive in finding opportunities to initiate and lead change?

Questions To Ask At The End Of Every Day

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One of my favorite parts of Joe Sweeney's book, Moving the Needle, is the section where he recommends you ask yourself these six questions before you go to bed each night: What was the best thing that happened today?What am I most grateful for today?What did I do to live my ideal day today?What is one new thing I learned today?What did I do to meet my goals today?What am I most looking forward to tomorrow?And, by jotting down your answers to these thoughtful and positive in nature questions sets you in the right frame of mind for waking up in the morning!