I am an entrepreneur. I believe that I can have more challenge, control, creativity, and cash in my own business than I can in someone else’s.Most of the people I know don’t even know there is a work revolution. It hasn’t touched them yet. Other people I know believe they are living the dream because they “work for a good company,” or have “work / life” balance. Others think that living the “American Dream” means makes loads and loads of personal, residual wealth, paying staff and contractors as little as possible. However, a movement is growing all around us. A tectonic shift that is eliminating traditional and industrial, twentieth century work habits. It’s the momentum behind telecommuting, virtual offices, and open office space. It’s happening around foosball tables, webinars platforms and, yes, multi-level marketing companies. It is happening in freelance cultures, fast food restaurants and with mobile credit card readers. It really is exciting. Everywhere you look, you can see signs that the revolution is on. This revolution is and should be completely open source. But for better or for worse, there is no agreement as to the desired outcome of this revolution. This begs the question: What will it look like if this revolution is successful? The answer: The elimination of disempowering work for insufficient pay. Period.
A movement is growing all around us. A tectonic shift that is eliminating traditional and industrial, twentieth century work habits. Everywhere you look, you can see signs that the revolution is on.We will have accomplished something great when even the most menial work becomes empowered, aligned and sufficient. Don’t worry, entrepreneur friends, I’m not talking about skating or subsidies here. I’m talking about putting real meaning and prosperity into everyone’s lives. Labor unions brought us collective bargaining, sick time, and weekends, but now it is time to take it to the next level. I suggest that we embrace these four guiding principles to create a great, open source outcome:
- Consensus: Everyone at every level of any organization – no matter how big or small – is brought to the table as a meaningful part of the decision-making process.
- Shared Profits: Everyone at every level of any organization is sharing, in a meaningful way, the profitability of that organization.
- Flexibility: The end of “work / life” balance and the implementation of a healthy, sustainable life.
- Creativity: Everyone is a part of creating the culture they want within any organization they touch. Everyone. All gosh darn 100% of us. Valued for who we are, what we know, and our contribution.
Let's talk about what it’s like to work with iGen, because they are very different from their Millennial big brothers and sisters.My kid shakes his head at Facebook and stares blankly at the thought of reading a paper bound book. This new generation that is hitting your workplace as I write is serious about adventure and integrating into something that is meaningful to their intimate tribe. Unlike his older sister who was born eight years ahead of him, this kid was a baby during 9/11 and has no memory of it. It is simply his historical reality, as is a large volunteer military that fights and creates heroes and madness in sandy places. And, I may add, attracts his serious nature. The American dream is alive and well. But the Great Recession has made him serious about work (not school, but work) and driven to consume. And because he is only 17, he's not really clear, yet, which comes first. Because most of his salient life has been in a time of loss and shortage, he has no illusion that he is “entitled.” He is not. He will work hard and be happy for that work. He just wants to be treated with respect. Disrespect him, and he is out the door. Since all of his life has been spent learning thus far, he knows that if he wants to know something he has access (in his hand) to the largest encyclopedia ever... YouTube. He can fix a motorcycle, reboot an operating system, have sex, or bake a pie by watching a short video series. Stefan Pollack, PR Weekly He knows that with Prime, things arrive on his doorstep, in two days, with one click. The whole world in his hands. And, contrary to popular thought, he's not as social (as in social media) as his sister. He has access to an even quieter roar. A network of friends and influencers who will quietly (and by that I mean so his parents can't hear) guide his choices and decisions in a new and private language: TXT. The Center of Generational Kinetics: • " To say that this generation will be hooked to their smart phones at work is an understatement. iGen’s future supervisors and managers will have to know that leaving their cell phone at home—or even leaving it in a drawer—is simply not an option for this new generation." Here is some of their reality: • They are a highly integrated group. Race matters less. Heck, they grew up with the first black U.S. president. • Sexism is rampant (raging body issues, 24/7 available porn, trafficking, and sexting) but feminism is leaning in. • Bullying creates rampages. • Gay and transgender is the new normal. • Marijuana is legal. (Thanks, Grandma!) • The globe is warming. • Our food is making us sick. • Cars drive themselves. • Everyone’s a star. • It is entirely possible to be a billionaire at 20. Working with iGen? You'll have to study them carefully and quietly, and don't make any sudden moves. The Urban Dictionary.com: "They are driven by endless possibilities and are actively exploring them—jobs, travel, love, sex, identity, and location. This generation collects experiences more than money." Here are my observations about the one I know: • He doesn't want his time wasted. • He wants the lowdown quickly. • He can and will learn it himself. • He will – no matter what —talk to his friends via text. All day long. • He expects an immediate reply. • He learns about products from friends and influencers, not media—social or otherwise. • He takes pictures and videos of everything and anything. • He will rate you, your product, your job site, your attitude to his tribe. All day long. • He knows to protect his online reputation. • He works hard for people who show concern for him. • He will blow off anyone who bores him. • He doesn't want fake motivation. • He sees through insincerity. The peak of the iGen generation are in college now and trough are babies. They are posturing to take on the serious societal challenges that face us. They are a cultural, generational force, and I believe that if Millennials are the creative generation, then iGen has the capacity to focus and be problem-solvers. Pay attention: iGen really does have the whole world in their hands.
Last year I attended and spoke at this extravaganza. What I know is that I wore the wrong shoes. After my presentation I walked through every booth and completely had a “Girl” moment. It was massively girly and a load of fun. I came away with a ton of samples, bought some cool stuff and met some great people.
This year, softer, flatter shoes.
Looking for a great girlfriend day? Join me at the Expo! (I even have a few free tickets if you ask quickly.)
Here is everything you need to know:
McClellan Conference Center
Saturday, October 24, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
11:00am with Ruth Schwartz
Unlock Your Leadership Genius
Ready to feel as if you are in your Super Power – every day? Then you are ready to stand profoundly in your genius. Imagine unlocking your genius and helping others unlock their genius as well.
In this presentation you will learn to:
• Understand the behavior and motivations that define your genius
• Identify and harness your unique leadership style
• Recognize the genius of others.
When you step into your unique leadership style and genius, you will be free to pursue what is truly important to you and become respected and effective as a leader.
CLICK HERE to learn more about mine and the other workshops happening all day.
Turn-over can cost your organization between 150% to 300% of the annual salary for every person that leaves your company. Ruth Schwartz, business coach, has developed a hiring program and this workshop to help businesses hire the right people. She can help you walk away with a working hiring system to use over and over again. Ruth will give you all the tools and concepts you need to end turn-over turmoil and have a great team aligned perfectly to you, your vision, and your business.
In this workshop you will learn:
• To hire with precision
• The one question that will dramatically change your success rate
• How to create alignment in your team
• To eliminate 80% of the hiring work
• Create a proven system that works over and over again
Ruth Schwartz will show you that every business can be profitable when it has a hiring system. This is not theory or a lecture. This is a workshop. Come ready to create or recreate the best plan for your business.
or Call Ruth at 530 802-2075
You know when you have your complainy pants days and someone is within earshot? Ok. So I had one (or two) of those recently. It has worked out just fine and everyone had a good laugh. But then Ray Brun put this video in my email box. It is a bit over the top but it is intense in being unrelentingly motivational.
The message? Stop being a gosh awful complainy pants and… get er done. There is a part of me that values the sentiment. The other part that runs, crying. The reason? Appreciating that the hard stuff of life is well… hard. We know the hard stuff builds character. We know the hard stuff is what powers the most change. And yet, we also know that the hard stuff is no fun!
While this video may be a bit over the top with its athletes meet Steve Job/ Ashton Kutcher script but dang, it is connected the motivational dots for me. Let me know what you think.
Here is the nail in the coffin of coaching, consulting, performance enhancement and training. But as a contrarian, I love Derek Sivers talking for 3 minutes about how NOT to achieve your goals, how many psychologists know it, and how it is the best kept secret. Thank you, Jeff Shore for sending it to me. This has been a hard lesson for me, yes Silence is Golden.
Watch it. Share it. And by all means, comment.
Nancy Duarte is an expert in presentation design and principal of Duarte Design. She is the author of slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations. This lovely presentation is about how to create a persuasive speech by showing how two master communicators did it. I find it inspirational and I want all my speaker friends to take note. Whether or not you consider yourself a speaker, if you’ve seen it, see it again, and if you haven’t, watch it now.
Click Here to see her TedTalk.
PS: A special shout out to all of my Toastmaster friends, you’ll love this video!
Have you seen the “It Was Never a Dress” advertising campaign?
This campaign was developed for women in tech conferences. Axosoft who created the video, produces project management software but the campaign takes an iconic image and reminds us that sexual stereotypes are everywhere. It is a minute of pure inspiration where you may not have even considered a thought. I love how they rethought a normal, ubiquitous image to make it cool.
CLICK HERE to read the article about this campaign in Ad Age Magazine.
In the meantime, what other ubiquitous images, phrases, or sounds do we tolerate without thinking? And how can we creatively turn them on their heel? Let me know what you think when you see this one, and let me know if you have any other pet peeves we can collectively address (no pun intended).
PS: Axosoft is a “flat” organization and does not have any managerial titles. Double bravo, Axosoft.
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