According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Generation Y will comprise more than 40 percent of the U.S. labor force by 2020, far outnumbering any other generation. Chegg Inc., an online textbook-rental service headquartered in California, was struggling with high turnover among its millennial employees. CEO Dan Rosensweig gleaned from the exit interviews that they felt there was too much bureaucracy and not enough communication, utilization of their talent, or fun. To improve retention, Chegg eliminated some middle-management positions to give younger hires more exposure to projects and introduced an unlimited paid vacation policy. So far, no one has abused this policy, and employee satisfaction has gone up. Indeed, the annual turnover rate among millennials has since fallen by 50 percent each year for the past couple of years.
We are very pleased to welcome authors of the book to the right, Jeff Feldman and Karl Mulle, to our webinar on 11/26 at 1:30 PM EST. They will share their combined ideas for leveraging EQ to drive more success (and less whining and blame). Here's an example of what you will hear:
Years ago there was a Stanford research study done with children sitting alone in a room with marshmallows. They were told not to eat the marshmallows. The study tried to answer the question how can you overcome the emotional lure of your daily 'marshmallow' temptations and at the same time move passionately and enthusiastically toward your goal? Whether it's multi-tasking, email or other insanity, we are constantly stopped dead in our tracks. Success requires two acts of emotional self-management:
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This month's contest is in tribute to all our children who have been stressing over standardize tests, SATs and ACTs. Let's see how much you remember about proper grammar. This is from a great resources for writing www.upwritepress.com:
Sometimes it's the little things that trip us up, and that also goes for little words. Consider the tiny indefinite articles a and an. Test yourself below, choosing the right word from the pair in parentheses.
This week, I have the privilege of speaking at the Pegasus conference which is here in Indianapolis. I'm excited to be around so many big brains. If you are a fan of Systems Thinking, check it out at www.pegasuscom.com. If you do not know what Systems Thinking is, consider this. Have you ever 'hurried' with a task and actually created a bigger mess with your solution? In the haste and rework of modern performance, Systems Thinking provides a way of looking at the whole system. Here's an example:
Suppose you are very stressed at work. It's possible that you have to numb yourself when you get home with alcohol, junk food or even exercise. This poor nutrition before bed seems relaxing at the time but creates other problems like weight gain, addiction, or injuries. It's easier to take the Quick Fix then do the hard stuff of owning your stress level at work, exercising realistically and eating well. That takes too long. This system of choices and non-choices, (called "Fixes That Fail") is a very common pattern and can be applied to many things. In the book The Systems Thinking Fieldbook, Peter Senge and Daniel Kim, among others, created a set of Archetypes (common patterns) that can be used to ask better questions about situations. In most situations, one archetype does not fit exact real problems (usually a combination), but it is useful for figuring out great questions to ask. Here are the questions to think about in a "Fixes that Fail" situation from an article by Daniel Kim:
In her article (www.seapointcenter.com/blog), Jesse Lyn Stoner, shares some interesting thoughts about how each person we influence has that "safe place" where normalcy prevails. Unfortunately, "normal" can quickly becomes mediocrity. Whether we are holding project stakeholders, staff or peers accountable, we need to ask some hard questions:
Join me and your peers to create a strategy for powerful teams. Prepare to face the tough questions.
Thanks to Chris Young, The Rainmaker Group, Inc. for sharing the article with me ! He rocks.