Forget Millennials. Gen Xers Need Leadership Development Too
Don’t make them the forgotten generation.
“There’s a lot of talk about Millennials today, much of it about the challenges and opportunities presented by Millennials entering the workforce. But as important as those discussions are, they’re missing something…a big something. They’re missing a whole generation: Generation X. When we talk so much about the back and forth between Baby Boomers and the Millennials, the Generation X employees get stuck in the middle. I recently interviewed Brad Szollose, author of Liquid Leadership and an exp…”
This has been an amazing summer!!! The Friday leading into Memorial Day I received an email that was cause for celebration; “Congratulations! You have been selected as a speaker for TEDxTarrytown.”
Click here to watch the video of my TEDXTalk
That same afternoon I received another email…from Tony Robbin’s company. Turns out, while having dinner with Tony Robbins, a friend of mine recommended me to lead a Podcast training for Tony’s Business Mastery Graduates!!!
“Hi Brad, We would like to feature you as a guest speaker for one of our monthly Business Mastery Webinars…”
Mind-blowing am I right? The hard work, the networking and the marketing are all starting to pay off. We had a few training sessions and I delivered the goods in my Webinar entitled “Cracking The Millennial Code: How Understanding Each Generation Will Make Your Company Thrive!!!”
July 26th, 2016 Chad Cooper was a tremendous host and we had a ton of fun…Click Here to Read More:
How Millennials and Serious Gaming Will Transform the Future of Everything:Is it possible that video games and interactive toys were what really has transformed Generation X and Generation Y Millennials; altering their behavior? And what does that mean for the K-12 classroom? Corporate training? Or how we teach a 21st Century student? Will serious gaming be in charge of the future classroom? Brad explores that and more.
“Brad Szollose, author of Liquid Leadership and an expert on generational leadership development says, “The reason companies must start embracing Millennials instead of rejecting them is simple; Boomers will be forced to retire soon…”
For decades I have observed business trends from the stage and from the trenches. For the third consecutive year, I am pleased to share with you what I see as top business trends that leading companies embrace to drive success. In some cases, I spot trends that are starting to take shape. In other cases, I spot established trends that have not yet found their way into the mainstream. I see some of these patterns by interacting with participants when I speak at events, and others I notice while working closely with businesses of varying sizes. Feel free to take a look at my past predictions from 2015 by following the link at the bottom of the article. Here are the Top 10 Business Trends That Will Drive Success in 2016.
1. Top Performing Companies Will Focus On Connecting CustomersIn discussions with industry leaders like Seth Godin and Clay Hebert (among many others), it has become clear that we are in a Connection Economy. The connection economy rewards value created by building relationships and creating connections, rather than building assets by industrialism. This mean the most valuable companies will connect buyer to seller, or consumer to content. If you don’t buy that argument, consider these facts:
1. Uber is the largest “taxi” company – yet they own no vehicles and excel at connecting riders with drivers.
2. AirBnB is the largest provider of accommodations – yet they own no real estate.
3. Facebook is the largest media company – yet they create no content.
4. Crowdfunding businesses like Kickstarter and IndiGoGo are expected to surpass venture capital for funding in 2016 – yet they have no funds to invest.
2. Smart Businesses Will Shift From Complaining About To Embracing MillennialsThe largest group of individuals, according to the Census Bureau is people in their 20’s (80 million). This group, often categorized as Millennials, now represents the largest customer and employee segment. They are also soon to be the largest business owner segment. From 1947 to 2010, Baby Boomers represented the largest segment of the population. “Brad Szollose, author of Liquid Leadership and an expert on generational leadership development says, “Millennials want to work for companies they can be proud of, and buy products from companies that give a damn about the things that matter most to them.” Szollose adds, “The reason companies must start embracing Millennials instead of rejecting them is simple; Boomers will be forced to retire soon. This leadership exodus will leave a leadership gap like we’ve never seen before. Since Generation X is much smaller demographically than Millennials, who do you think will be the dominant force competing for those positions? …”
“Baby boomers were taught to shut up, listen, and follow the rules. Boomers had a need and desire to look busy to their bosses.” Said Brad Szollose – Author of Liquid Leadership, and a workforce performance strategist based in New York.
“Millennials are attuned to results and efficiency. When the task is done, they are not going to give the appearance of being busy. They want to find the best way to get something accomplished, and are not willing to blindly accept the way others did things in the past.”
Karen has been running a successful company for more than 20 years. She knew what made her employees tick, and knew just which messages would capture the attention of her ideal customer. Over the past several years she noticed with more employees and customers coming from the Millennial Generation (also known as Generation Y), things have changed. What used to motivate her employees doesn’t seem to be working anymore. And, her customers now have different expectations. Karen commented that if she doesn’t figure out how to adapt, she could be in trouble. If this sounds familiar, you might be interested in how to sell your ideas to Millennials.
Who Are MillennialsMillennials are not a separate species. They are loosely defined as the generation that approached adulthood around the year 2000. They might be described as a bit irreverent, arrogant, and independent. They might not dress respectfully – the same terms that were used to describe baby boomers 30+ years ago. You can bury your head in the sand and hope that the Millennial Generation will start acting like the prior generation. That approach, however, didn’t work so well in the past, and is not going to work for this generation, either. Just like any other generation, Millennials base their behavior on past experience and what influenced them while growing up. Prior generations would work in an industrial-age company for decades before retiring. The new generation is the offspring of those who were victims of downsized companies and eliminated pensions. Whereas the prior generation experienced the emergence of technology, the Millennials don’t remember the world without a tablet or smartphone. As Jay Baer of ConvinceAndConvert.com says, “The smartphone is a silly name. Anyone younger than me seems to use it for ANYTHING but a phone conversation.”
How Millennials Are WiredIf you want to sell your ideas to any audience, you need to understand how they think. I spoke with some of the most respected minds when it comes to Millennials to try and uncover how they are wired, and how to capture their hearts and minds. “By 2017, Millennials will outspend baby boomers.” Said Jason Dorsey, Lead Millennials Researcher at the Center for Generational Kinetics. “Millennials are completely outcome driven. You can’t ask them to start at step one of a seven step process. They need to see the result. So, start at the end, and share how your steps help them reach the desired outcome. They are not tech-savvy. In fact, our generational research center discovered that Millennials are not tech savvy but tech-dependent. This is a huge distinction everyone from managers to marketers needs to know.” “Because of technology, businesses are forced to evolve and adapt rapidly – Millennials do this well –“ Says Rayanne Thorn, – VP of Marketing for HR Technology company, Dovetail Software, and editor for intrepidHR. “They like to adapt and adopt, they have grown up with technology. Engage with them appropriately and organizations will reap the rewards…” “Baby boomers were taught to shut up, listen, and follow the rules. Boomers had a need and desire to look busy to their bosses.” Said Brad Szollose – Author of Liquid Leadership, and a workforce performance strategist based in New York. “Millennials are attuned to results and efficiency. When the task is done, they are not going to give the appearance of being busy. They want to find the best way to get something accomplished, and are not willing to blindly accept the way others did things in the past.” When it comes to brand loyalty, Szollose explains, “Whereas boomers were loyal to brands based on advertising, Millennials are attracted to brands who think and act like they do. If you are hip enough, Millennials are willing to pay more to be associated with you than with others.”
Generation Cloud: How Online Gaming is Shaping New Tech Leadersby Laurence Cruz
Raised on a steady diet of video games, Millennials approach work and technology in radically different ways from their Baby Boomer counterparts
Business advisor and Internet entrepreneur Brad Szollose remembers the career-changing moment he became fascinated in the Millennial generation. He and his wife were headed out to dinner and trying to get their 17-year-old nephew, Sebastian, to pull himself away from an online Rock Band game so he could join them.
In the verbal tug-of-war that ensued, Szollose, who co-founded the first Internet agency to go public in the mid-’90s, kept insisting Sebastian simply quit the game already. Sebastian, who was pounding wooden drumsticks on a drum kit of color-coded plastic sensors, kept making what initially sounded like excuses. He couldn’t quit. Why? Because he was in the middle of a song (“Tom Sawyer” by Rush; he was playing the part of drummer Neil Peart). Finally, Sebastian blurted out: “You don’t understand—the guitar player is some guy in France, and the bass player is this girl in Japan.”
A light went on in Szollose’s mind. For the first time in his life, he caught a glimpse into the brave new world of the Millennial gamer. Trained in virtualization and…
Brad Szollose: Changing The World One Millennial Entrepreneur At A TimeWhat do you do when your company experiences a 425 percent hyper-growth for five years in a row and expands from two business partners to four with over 60 employees and offices worldwide? The answer for successful entrepreneur Brad Szollose is this: help other smart companies realize their business potential and proper ways to handle how technology has impacted corporate culture in the Information Age. Former C-level executive of a publicly traded company that went from entrepreneurial start-up to IPO in three years taking the first Dot Com Agency public in an IPO on NASDAQ. Szollose is also the #1 Bestselling and Award Winning Author of Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia — Multigenerational Management Ideas That Are Changing the Way We Run Things. With real life experience in the field on entrepreneurial advancement, Szollose looks to help those emerging into the corporate world with his experiences. He values education through experience to help create awareness of the changing ways businesses have to function.
By applying his knowledge of the entrepreneurial world, Szollose is working to prepare the current workforce for the changes needed to keep up a business and alter it to engage current and …
“95 percent of business advisors, authors and professors have never owned a business,” he said. “What you’re getting in those cases is textbook theory.”
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An Interview with Brad Szollose
Nov 17, 2014 CMSWireBrad Szollose is a lot of things: a serial entrepreneur, former C-Level executive of a public company, a business adviser, millennial expert and an award-winning business author. So he knows a few things about which he speaks — and this is what he wants businesses to know:
“Brad Szollose surfs above the wave of five #generations in the new 21st century workplace. He has comprehensive knowledge of the Silents, Boomers, and Xers, and offers invaluable insight into the Millennial-Wikipedia Generation.
[Brad’s] insight on neuroprogramming differences between culturally disparate groups is second to none, and while his book is ingenious, futuristic, daring, and ahead of its time, the logic of his rhetoric and arguments will allow all digital immigrants to chew their cud, and to come out with digested concepts and a challenging but exciting vision of the new universe.”
Kent Gustavson, PhD
Author, Speaker, Educator, Musician.
“We Are Alive” TEDx Keynote Speaker