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Sarah Sladek

Concerned about declining engagement in our nation’s membership associations, non-profits, and workplaces, Sarah Sladek founded XYZ University, the nation’s first and only generations-focused training and engagement strategy company, in 2002.

Talent Development

A Call to Action for Hospitals: “We’re going to have deaths”

Healthcare is now the fastest-growing industry in the nation, partly because people are living longer and partly because the Baby Boomer generation—the largest generation of the 20th century and the largest percentage of the healthcare workforce—is now entering their retirement years.

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Generation Z

Are you ready for the Snapchat generation?

Snapchat's parent company, Snap, has made headlines for the better part of the past two weeks since its IPO on March 2. Snap's market value increased by nearly $9 billion on its first day of trading; it's first day pop being bigger than even Facebook's or Google's. Perhaps you're still not sure what all the fuss is about. Here's the skinny:

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Generation Y

New Generations, New Opportunities

In the 1990s, REM wrote a popular song that exclaimed, “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine!”I can’t think of a better explanation to describe what is happening in our world today.

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Generation X

Generation X-Mas: Wonderful Life Falls From Favor

America has a new favorite Christmas movie. For the 11th year in a row, TBS aired its 24-hour Christmas Story movie marathon on December 24 and 25. TBS officials report most movie re-runs fade over time, but Christmas Story has continually risen in the ratings.

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Generation Y

A New Generation Of Socialites

On New Year’s Eve, my husband surprised me with dinner at one of the classiest restaurants in downtown Minneapolis. Upon our arrival, we were surprised to discover that most of the people eating there weren’t established couples enjoying a romantic evening, but rather boisterous groups of Gen Ys

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Generation X

Xers, Ys Spur A Political Power Shift

I watched the televised coverage of the Iowa caucus with great interest, not only because I grew up in the state, but also from a generational perspective.

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Generation X

Board Of Directors: Here To Stay Or Hopelessly Passé?

I met a colleague yesterday over coffee who specializes in board governance. We shared our experiences working with boards of directors, and both of us (as Xers) agreed the board concept has little to no appeal to our generation and the generation that follows.

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Generation Y

Start Marketing Like It's 2008

We’re eight years in to the 21st century. Can association marketing pros finally get with the times? If you’re frustrated with traditional marketing tactics that just don’t seem to resonate any longer, then consider these new strategies that target the importance of relationships with generations X and Y.Think for a moment how much the world has changed since the 1950s.

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Generation Y

Welcome To Parenthood: Managing Gen Y

I’ve read about it and listened to business executives gripe about it, but I’ve never experienced it myself until now.Yes, Virginia. There really is a Helicopter Parent.Like an urban myth or a mystical creature out of a fairy tale, it’s hard to believe they really do exist. But now I know for certain they do.What are helicopter parents? They are the parents of Gen Ys who are actively involved in their children’s careers.

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Generation Y

Boomers: Peace Or Pandemonium At Work?

Watch out below! Just when we thought the workplace was free from intolerance, today’s young professionals are bumping into age discrimination on their way to the top. For years we heard about women hitting their head on the metaphoric glass ceiling, never able to move higher on the ladder to success and get ahead of their male counterparts in the business world.

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Generation Y

Recruiting The Latest, Greatest Talent

Let’s pretend for a moment that you are a talent agent sitting across the table from a very famous rock star. Let’s pretend it’s Elvis. Every talent agent out there wants to represent Elvis for obvious reasons—his records and concerts sell out within minutes, advertisers want him to endorse their products, and even Hollywood is calling him to make movies.

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Generation Y

Marketing To X And Y: How To Reach The Next Generation Of Consumers

How do you reach an audience that can choose their own music without listening to a commercial radio station, can block outsiders from their social circle—which revolves around cell phones and online networks like Facebook and MySpace—and only refer to newspapers when they need packing material to move on to their next venue?

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Generation Y

Back To School: Find Your Future Workforce Now

The job market was grim during the mid-1990s when I graduated from college. At my first job, I was barely making minimum wage working as a newspaper reporter. But after pounding the pavement for three months following graduation, I was extremely thankful just to have a job–especially a job in my field of interest.

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Generation X

Npr Feature: Looking Forward To Gen X Nostalgia

I was interviewed for a story on National Public Radio's Marketplace about nostalgia marketing and entertainment last week. Click on the link above to listen to the story, or read it below: KAI RYSSDAL: When we were younger, my brother was the first kid in our neighborhood who could solve a Rubik's Cube. That kind of dates me, I guess, because the thing first got really popular back in the late '70s, early '80s. But look around the next time you're in a toy store. Because Rubik's Cubes are back, as are a whole bunch of pop items from the past. Marketplace's Caitlan Carroll reports on the comeback economy.

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Generation Y

The Dos And Don'ts Of Advertising To Generations X And Y

Generations X and Y are savvy and skeptical consumers. I know this as a fellow Xer and as the CEO of a generational marketing company. We are an elusive market and advertisers struggle desperately to reach us.Nevertheless, there are a few key tactics to keep in mind when selling a product or service to Xers and Ys: keep it real, be relevant, be creative, and tap into messages or ways to benefit us personally, professionally, and also benefit our communities.

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Generation Y

Keeping The Faith: Xers, Ys Seek A New Way To Worship

Religion has made significant strides recently toward reaching younger audiences.Faithbook launched as the first interfaith page on the popular site Facebook in an effort to foster greater understanding among people of different religions.

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Generation X

Forget Getting Away From It All: X And Y Introduce New Travel Trends

Ah, summer. Here in Minnesota, summer is a highly anticipated event for the fun in the sun, barbeques, and the vacation time it brings.While most Xers remember camping during their youth or cross-country road trips with their relatives a la The Griswold’s in the movie Vacation, they don’t necessarily pine for the past.We have established new trends in travel, such as these:

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Generation Y

Age Doesn't Matter

It never fails. Wherever I go, whomever I’m speaking to, someone thinks Generations X and Y are a hopeless bunch of saps. Just recently I had a client tell me “those kids and their stupid iPods have no appreciation for anything great or meaningful in this world.” Ouch!

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Generation Y

Speak Like A Y: The Latest, Youngest Lingo

Each generation has its own language. The Baby Boomers introduced the concept of cool and numerous variations of the word including fab, far out, groovy, hangin', hip, keen-o, nifty, and neat.

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Generation Y

Banks Vs. Credit Unions: X And Y Less Loyal To Banks

A recent poll reverals that banks' most loyal customers are their oldest customers. While Generations X and Y are the retail banking customers of the future, the poll indicates they are also the least loyal and hardest to please.Why is this happening?

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Generation Y

Read Between The Lines: More And Better Ways To Deliver The News

Take a look at any teen Web site and you’ll see that it takes a lot of bells and whistles to attract Generation Y—the age group that has always known the Internet, and the immediacy and interactivity that it has brought to publishing and the rest of our lives. Print publishers are already lagging in mindshare with this group.

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Generation Y

Election 2008: Will It Be Women Or Children First?

Several months back, when both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were campaigning for the Democratic nomination, I posed the question in this blog: Will it be women or children first?

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Generation Y

Young And Rich: Successful Entrepreneurs In A Success-Driven Society

I presented at the American Bar Association Section of Litigation conference last week. The law field is one of those 'at risk' professions, as fewer young adults are pursuing law school today to become entrepreneurs or pursue careers in technology.Many of America's businesses aren't taking the generation gap in the workforce very seriously, expecting that young adults will eventually come to grips with reality and settle into jobs at reputable companies that offer stability and great benefits packages.

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Generation Z

Generation Z: Young, Wired, Smart, And Sassy Consumers

Much attention has been given to Generations X and Y, the current teen and young adult population ranging in ages from 13 to 43, who entered the world with substantially different wants, needs, values, and interests than their Baby Boomer and older predecessors.

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Generation X

Economy Is In The Toilet But It's Good To Be X

The economy is in the toilet but it's a good time to be an Xer. Seriously, how often do we hear how hard we Xers have it? We've been called slackers since we were adolescents and even referred to as the Jan Brady generation because we're sandwiched between two such attention-seeking generations.

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Generation Y

Generations X And Y Rock The Vote

Throughout my generation-focused career, I have faced much critcism and cynicism regarding the power and influence of Generations X and Y. Most recently, I was questioned about the influence younger generations would have on the election.Some (who happened to be Baby Boomers) dismissed my statistics about rising registration rates and volunteer participation in the presidential campaign, saying that younger voters may be doing all the right things, but probably weren't going to actually show up at the polls and have their votes counted on Election Day.

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Generation Y

Jobs For Rent: Documentary About Gen Y's Career Pursuits

JOBS FOR RENT is a documentary that chronicles Generation Y and their endless pursuit of jobs and career, in contrast to the Baby Boomer’s more stable path.

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Generation X

Economic Crisis Isn't New To Gen X

As we enter the second year of the U.S. financial economic crisis that started in August 2007 with the sub-prime lending meltdown, the impact on the economy and the average American has been devastating.

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Generation Y

10 Strategies To Get Gen Y To Work

Recession or not, we are in the age of the young knowledge worker. Generation Y, presently ages 13 to 26, is the most high-performing generation in the history of mankind with more information in their heads and at their fingertips–so they can perform a variety of tasks in many business domains and can live anywhere if the job and company are cool.

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Generation Y

Great Leadership Requires Plenty Of Practice

The mass exodus of Baby Boomers from the workplace has already begun. According to the US Office of Personnel Management, between 2006 and 2010 Boomer retirement will have robbed American companies of nearly 290,000 full-time experienced employees.

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Generation Y

Meaningful Work Means The Most During A Time Of Crisis

As employment markets tighten and employers expect great outcomes from their employees, some would say the economic crisis has spurred a return to a grateful, less demanding, and stabilized workforc –especially where young employees are concerned. So much for work-life balance, career pathing, and increasing vacation time. Those Xers and Ys should just be thankful they have a job. Right?

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Generation X

2008: The End Of The Boomer Reign

Since 2002, I have studied generational trends and I have long predicted the passage of the era when the Baby Boomers reigned supreme. In the course of my work, I’ve been accused of age discrimination, ignorance, arrogance, and simply being a Boomer-hater who just wants to push her elders out of the way.But as a former journalist, I’ve just been reporting the facts all the while and urging associations and businesses and non-profits to prepare for the exodus of our nation’s leaders.It’s just that people can get emotional about aging, and protective of tradition — all which is understandable.Nevertheless, I’ve been reading with great interest articles that predict 2008 will mark the final year of reign for the Baby Boomers, and it’s hard not to say ‘I told you so.’A CNN commentary by Marian Salzman, chief marketing officer and a partner at Porter Novelli Worldwide, states:

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Generation X

E-Mail Takes A Backseat To Social Media

In the mid-1990s, I worked at a company that introduced a collaborative e-mail station for staff to share on a single computer. I remember how afraid management was to allow e-mail access to everyone. Management warned us that e-mail was a dangerous privelige and the information could just as easily end up in a black hole for anyone to find. Nothing good could come of using e-mail, they told us. It was much safer and easier to use a telephone.

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Generation X

Inauguration Symbolizes The End Of The Boomer Era

Generational change. A passing of the torch. A recent Associated Press article points out these terms have been thrown around with frequency as the moment nears for Barack Obama to take the oath of presidential office.

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Generation Y

Limelight Aligns With Monarch To Help Companies Leverage Their Talent

I am pleased to announce that Limelight Generations has formed an alliance with Monarch Leadership. Our companies share a common mission to help organizations grow and bridge the talent gap through the development of their emerging, young leaders.

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Generation Y

New Leaders Needed: Change Is Our Only Hope

Generations X and Y have a tainted view of authority. From President Richard Nixon to Enron, we have observed the fall of many of America's leaders. Will it ever stop? Here's just a sampling of what's happened in the past two months:

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Generation X

A Gen Yer Joins The Conversation.

My name is Katie Konrath and I'm a member of Generation Y. Since Sarah is going to be launching some very interesting new initiatives in the next couple months, I'm here to lend her a hand.

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Generation Y

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: Avoid Being Black-Balled While Giving Out Pink Slips

I recently gave a presentation on the importance of recruiting and retaining younger generations in the workforce when someone in the audience raised his hand in vehement protest.

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Generation Y

The New Workplace Has Arrived In Washington Dc.

President Barack Obama swept his way into the White House by promising “change” in America. He promised a new way of governing, a new way of working with foreign governments, and new transparency for his own decisions.

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Generation Y

Bring Out The Best In Y: A Limelight Workshop

They have been described as entitled, egotistical, demanding, driven to make a difference, and wanting the kind of life where every minute has meaning. This is Generation Y, and like it or not in two years they will comprise the majority of the American workforce.

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Generation Y

The Art Of Leadership

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Generation Y

Move The 'Fame Junkies' Into Marketing With Employee-Generated Videos

Looking for an inexpensive and effective way to market to younger generations? (And in this economy, who isn’t?) Here’s an idea: employee-generated videos.

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Membership

Three Strikes Against Paying Dues.

Last night, I listened to a speaker talking to a bunch of young graduates about how to get a job in the marketing world. At one point, he mentioned that his daughter was "a perfect Gen Y". She'd only been in her job for 6 months, and already thought she should be doing director-level work. The speaker told us that in a voice laced with sarcasm, and all the college seniors laughed on cue.When I heard that though, I wondered how many of them will still be laughing once they get out in the real world. I think a lot of them will change their minds pretty quickly.

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Generation Y

Raising Ys: Boomers To Blame For Conflict Between Work And Home

Last month, I spent a great deal of time on the road speaking to audiences from the American Society of Association Executives in Miami to the International Ticketing Association in Salt Lake City, and I observed that people from coast to coast have become really forthcoming about the generational topic.

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Generation Y

Downsizing With Dignity – And Perks!

In November 2008, the Victaulic pipe plant laid off nearly 260 workers. After the workers were laid off, the United Steelworkers union applied for special unemployment benefits from the U.S. Department of Labor, citing that the company produces products that also are imported from other countries. The benefits will give the workers up to two years of unemployment pay and re-training.Unfortunately, not every company is eligible for benefits that will allow laid-off workers access to re-training or other valuable perks. But perhaps it’s time for companies to consider offering ‘perk packages’ for laid-off workers.

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Generation Y

Newspapers Suffering From Generational Divide

As a former newspaper reporter and editor, I am observing with great interest the closure of city newspapers. Last week, the 146-year-old Seattle Post Intelligencer published its last print issue to become an exclusive on-line publisher–a move that left the Seattle Times the only major daily in that city.

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Generation Y

When Boomers Behave Badly

At a recent workshop, one of the participants complained about their Gen Y workers. As an example of the “horrors” that Boomer managers have to deal with, he said indignantly. “Some Gen Yers even bring their parents along on interviews!”A couple of the other participants nodded in sympathy.

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Generation Y

Give Boomers Incentives To Teach

At Sarah’s workshop a couple weeks ago, someone brought up a really interesting way that a company is encouraging older workers to pass along their knowledge to younger generations.Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the company. I was so impressed by their story though, that I’m going to write about it anyways!

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Talent Development

Is Talent The Same As Tenure?

Last week, I gave presentations to two very different audiences — technical recruiters and energy providers — yet, the questions were the same. Why worry about recruiting and retaining Generations X and Y? What could younger generations possibly offer that a more experienced, dedicated worker could not, especially in the midst of economc crisis?

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Generation Y

Welcome To XYZ University: Learn How To Become A Next Generation Association

Welcome to XYZ University, the first generation-specific networking and learning community for association executives! XYZ University features the latest information on how to succession plan and effectively recruit and retain younger members to your association.

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Generation Y

XYZ University Webinar Prepares Associations For Future Generations

Recruiting younger members is essential to the future of associations if they are going to remain vibrant and relevant and sustain.

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Generation Y

The Perfect Entrepreneurial Storm

A few weeks back, I was a mentor for the Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Program in Minneapolis. I was truly inspired by how business-saavy these young girls were, and being in the generational line of work, I know that today's students and young adults claim the largest volume of start-ups in America.

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Generation Y

Lost Generation Video: Redefining Negative Stereotypes

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Generation Z

Generation Z, Brands, And Advertising

It’s time to move on from Gen Y. Gen Z are the new breed of consumers. They are in their teens, digital natives, lovers of advertising and most importantly, they know you are trying to sell them something.

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Generation Y

Twitter Rediscovered: The Why, What, And When Of Microblogging

A few months ago I started using Twitter. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration. I created a profile and I tweeted a few times, but I really struggled to understand the concept or even really like it.

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Generation Y

Apply Now For Next Generation Employer Of Choice Awards — Deadline To Apply Is July 31st

The Next Generation Employer of Choice Awards is now accepting applications! This unique awards program will recognize organizations that are doing an exceptional job at recruiting and retaining the younger workforce. Applications are now available. The deadline to apply is July 31, so make sure to be included. A panel of judges will determine the winning companies and results will be announced on August 14.

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Generation X

Research Reveals Differences Between Xer And Boomer Entrepreneurs

Oh, what a difference a few years makes! New research by Womenable for American Express OPEN and M3 reveals generational differences in experience, goals and motivations.

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Generation Y

Best Buy To Receive Award For Engaging X And Y At Work

On October 20, 2009, business leaders from across the country will be attending the RockStars@Work Conference in Minneapolis–the nation’s first generation-themed business conference—to learn how to relate to the next generation of workers and address the approaching talent gap in America’s workforce.

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Generation Y

Move Over Pops: Rock Stars Have Invaded The Workforce

Throughout history, many of the most successful rock stars were largely misunderstood and criticized at some point in their lives and had to claw their way to the top of an industry that was highly-competitive and ruthlessly cutthroat.

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Generation Y

Rockstars@Work: Behind-The-Scenes At Dreamworks Animation

At the RockStars@WorkConference, hosted in Minneapolis on October 20, 2009, Meredith Berens, head of Human Resources for DreamWorks Animationgave us the insider scoop on what it's like to work for the leader in family-friendly entertainment.

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Generation Y

Rockstars@Work: The Ultimate Search For Meaningful Work

At the RockStars@ Work Conference, hosted in Minneapolis on October 20, 2009, Zach Hubbell and Brett Farmiloe (both social media managers for Jobing.com) shared some of what they learned on their Pursue the Passion tour in 2007.

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Membership

Agc Uses Viral Video To Reach Audience

I didn't get this posted in time for Halloween, but I wanted to share this very creative video created by Associated General Contractors to promote the association's upcoming conference. I have been working with this organization for the past few months, as AGC has observed an aging membership–and industry–and panic about the future has inevitably set in.

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Generation X

Your Bridge To Access

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Generation Y

Rockstars@Work: Multi-Task Your Way To Fitness

Have you ever hit a slump during the work day that you just can’t get past? Do you find it difficult to get in a work-out after putting in a full day at the office? Do you have difficulty focusing on those monotonous everyday tasks?

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Generation Y

Rockstars@Work: The Anti-Corporate Culture

The phrase “Anti-Corporate Corporation” may seem like an oxymoron, but Tony Nuckolls of Quicken Loans proved the contrary in his presentation at the RockStars @ Work Conference.

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Generation Y

Rockstars@Work: Gen Y-Focused Values For The Workplace

Nadira Hira, an award-winning journalist and writer for Fortune Magazine, gave akeynote presentation at the RockStars@ Work Conference. A Gen Y herself, Nadira has written numerous articles about Generation Y's influence on the workplace.

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Generation Y

Rockstars@Work: Gen Y-Focused Values For The Workplace

Nadira Hira, an award-winning journalist and writer for Fortune Magazine, gave akeynote presentation at the RockStars@ Work Conference. A Gen Y herself, Nadira has written numerous articles about Generation Y's influence on the workplace.

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Generation Y

Rockstars@Work: Gen Y-Focused Values For The Workplace

Nadira Hira, an award-winning journalist and writer for Fortune Magazine, gave akeynote presentation at the RockStars@ Work Conference. A Gen Y herself, Nadira has written numerous articles about Generation Y's influence on the workplace.

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Talent Development

Changes In Technology Mean Changes In Policy

While in a meeting with my boss I noticed she seemed a bit stressed. I asked if she had a lot on her plate this week. She said that she did and maybe there was a way I could help.

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Generation Y

The Office Of The Future: A Gen Y's Vision And Executive Predictions

Josh Ingalls, a certified Gen Y recruiting pro (Campus Relations Consultant) for Principal Financial Group recently posted a Fistful of Talent article about the workforce of the past and what's likely to come into vogue in the future.

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Talent Development

A Talent Management Nightmare: 42 Percent Of Employees Don't Trust The Boss

I read with great interest a recent blog posted by Talent Management magazine. While the blog's headline mentions 42 percent of employees don't feel their employers are looking out for their best interests (as evidenced by a fall 2009 TalentScope study of some 50,000), the article goes on to quickly dismiss this data (in the first paragraph!) suggesting it is likely 50 to 60 percent or more.

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Talent Development

Talent Troubles Back-Burnered In Recession Are Heating Up

Does your company have the right talent? The blunt answer is — not likely. I read with great interest an article in Harvard Business Review summarizing the Talent Management Strategies Conference which took place in March. According to the author, experts from companies such as Cisco, Gap, Toyota, Wal-Mart and Oracle gathered to share perspectives at the conference.

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Talent Development

It's 2010: Do You Know Where Your Employees/Clients/Members/Volunteers Are?

I continue to be amazed by how many organizations I work with who either do not use or do not value social media. They refer to social media as a tiresome chore (Do we really have to be on Facebook?) and consider it a silly pastime (I don't want my employees chatting with their friends all day!).

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Generation Y

What Generation Y Wants At Work And Why You Should Care

What do Ys want at work? For several years Johnson Controls has been sponsoring a survey of younger generations to answer this very question. Their most recent research shows that 18-25 year olds view the office as an extension of their home life.

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Generation X

The Boomers Have (Almost) Left The Building…Now What?

An estimated 78 million baby boomers are set to retire over the next five to 10 years—for nonprofits, chambers of commerce and other member-based associations, this statistic should be alarming. Why? Because the majority of associations are supported and sustained almost entirely by Baby Boomers. Which bodes the question: Who will you turn to when they’re gone?

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Generation Y

The Turnover Tsunami: Prepare For The Post-Recession Workforce

Four years ago, generous benefits and opportunities for advancement convinced many employees with advanced degrees to work for hot companies dubbed the best places to work — places like Starbucks, for example.

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Generation Y

American Chopper & Apprentice: The Next Generation In Family Business Makes Its Debut

If you’re wondering what the difference is between a Boomer’s approach to work and a Generation Xer’s approach to work, check out American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior on Discovery Channel.

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Generation X

2011 Means The Big 65 For Boomers

This is the year we’ve all been waiting for–the year that Baby Boomers will start turning 65.

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Generation Y

Best Companies Bridge The Generation Gap

The Globe and Mail recently reported that more than ever before, many of the companies on this year’s list of Best Employers in the GTA (greater Toronto area) are spending time and money in an effort to close the generation gap among employees.

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Generation X

Raising Membership Roi: 3 Threats Challenge Future Of Associations

Last week, XYZ University hosted a workshop for membership associations on how to increase ROI. Now, more than ever, associations need to be able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that membership provides a return on investment to their members.

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Generation Y

Gen Y's Failure To Launch Launches Worldwide Chaos

In Tunisia, young people organized the Jasmine Revolution to help bring down a dictator. On February 1, their counterparts in Egypt forced President Hosni Mubarak to say he won’t seek reelection. The young, unemployed, and unhappy have brothers and sisters across the globe.

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Generation X

Generations Working Together For A Change

In my work with generations, I’ve heard so much about how employers fear change, even loath change. Well, maybe they haven’t described it in exactly those terms, but when employers say things like: “Why do these younger employees expect praise just for showing up?,” or “We can’t have people working from home because we don’t know that they are actually working,” and “Do I really have to tweet?” — they are really voicing their opposition to change.

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Generation X

Would You Hire Your Own Kid?

I’m fascinated by the topic of workforce and leadership development, partly because I’m a parent and partly because I work with organizations grappling with generational issues.

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Generation X

Just How Old Are You?: Boomers And Younger Bosses

Remember the movie In Good Company? Here’s a refresher: Dennis Quaid plays a middle-aged advertising sales executive faced with a new boss (Topher Grace) nearly half his age. Matters are made worse when Topher Grace begins a relationship with Dennis Quaid’s daughter.

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Generation Y

Post 9-11 Generation Gets An Introduction To Osama Bin Laden

On September 11, 2001, shortly after I walked into work in downtown Minneapolis my boss made an annoucement: terrorists have attacked The World Trade Center in New York City. I clearly remember her telling us to leave work immediately.

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Talent Development

Curb Your Employees' Enthusiasm To Leave

What would you do if you woke up tomorrow morning, walked into work, and half of the employees weren’t there? The desks were empty, the halls were quiet, and you find yourself panicking when you come to the realization that half the workforce has resigned.

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Generation X

Retirement Is Not The Problem

An article published in today’s Pioneer Press reports that, despite beliefs that the current economy has prolonged retirements, Baby Boomers are indeed retiring. Based on Social Security data and projected population growth, the state demographer’s office projects 59,000 retirements this year, 62,000 next year, and then increases each year throughout the decade.

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Generation X

Success Defined By Generational Values

This spring, about 1.65 million young men and women graduated from American colleges and universities. That’s a staggering number. Much has been written, and rightly so, about the difficulties facing the Generation Y (also known as Millennials) graduates as they enter a troubled world.

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Generation X

Collaborative Leadership Wins The Favor Of Generations Who Resist Leadership

I’ve been reading with great interest about collective leadership. In fact, Deloitte‘s biggest global project at this time is in studying effective collaborations–the idea that collaborative efforts and collective leadership are more effective than a ‘command-and-control’ approach.

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Generation X

Businesses Behaving Badly: No Class = No Talent

A friend of mine has been job hunting for the past six months. When we spoke on the phone recently she lamented about the horrible treatment employers have been doling out–from outright ignoring her to rescinding offers to sending her an email simply stating she didn’t get the job after she went through several rounds of interviews and was told at one of the interviews she would get the job.

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Generation X

Getting To Gen X: Associations Misled By Participation Research

Back in 2006, the William E. Smith Institute for Association Research released a report titled Generations and the Future of Association Participation. The report projected that the number of association members in the United States was expected to rise from 51 million in 2005 to about 55 million in 2015, with the percentage of all workers belonging to associations expected to climb from 28.3 percent to 28.9 percent in that interval.

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Generation X

At Risk Of Aging Out: The Oldest Fortune 500 Companies And Industries

A recent report by RetirementJobs.com ranked Fortune 500 employers by the percentage of workers they have over age 50. RetirementJobs.com gathered data from public records and surveys of employers and employees, to illustrate for job seekers which industries tend to employ a disproportionately high or low percentage of mature workers.

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Generation X

When Generations Fight: Resolving Workplace Conflict

Picture in your mind a playground with three children fighting over a teeter-totter. The oldest child is fighting to keep the teeter-totter firmly planted on the ground. He has a content grin on his face and he’s plugging his ears. He’s plugging his ears because the youngest child, seated on the other end of the teeter-totter high up in the air, is having a screaming fit because he wants to be the heavy-weight on the teeter-totter.

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Generation X

Ban This Man: Greenspan Blames Young Americans For Workforce Woes

Former Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan has said America’s young workforce pales in comparison to their Baby Boomer counterparts. He then suggested it would be better for America to hire skilled immigrants to counter the worrying trend.

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Membership

The End Of Membership As We Know It

What goes up must come down. For years our society has supported membership associations and nonprofits and civic leadership. These organizations and concepts were especially prosperous in the mid-1900s.

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Generation Y

The Big Global Crack Up: Generational Shift Causes Economic And Political Shake-Down

Remember when associations and other membership organizations, like Rotary and chambers of commerce, enjoyed a lock on their markets? The Baby Boomers joined associations in droves. Now, participation is changing, fueled by social changes, generational shifts, a recession-prone economy, and rapidly-changing technology.

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Generation Y

Which Generation Works The Hardest?

Last week I spoke at a corporate event where younger generations were getting a tongue-lashing from their Baby Boomer counterparts. The Boomers were scolding Generation Y for needing constant feedback, being unable to prioritize, and wanting to have (gasp!) fun at work.

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Generation Y

Fashion Faux Pas: Gen Y Takes Sexy To Work

A colleague of mine recently shared a story with me of a Gen Y employee who showed up for work in ‘Daisy Dukes’ – extremely short shorts. Outraged, she pulled the new hire into her office and asked her why she was wearing such inappropriate work attire. Confused and somewhat alarmed, the Gen Y shrugged her shoulders and said, “I thought you said we could dress casual on Fridays.”

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Generation X

Reality Bites For Employers Who Can't Get To X

Generation X, the 48 million Americans born between 1965 and 1981, have become accustomed to being invisible –but no company can afford to ignore them now. Unfortunately, most companies haven’t come to this realization yet.

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Generation X

Prolonged Retirements Could Become America's Worst Nightmare

In November, Wells Fargo released the results of its seventh annual Retirement Survey which found for many middle class Americans, 80 is the new 65 when it comes to retirement. According to the survey, a quarter (25%) of middle class Americans say they will need to work until at least age 80 to live comfortably in retirement. Three-fourths (74%) expect to work in their retirement years.

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