My favorite thing about the Creative Class as a growing sub-culture, economic force and general psychographic is the mindset that you don't have to change the system from within the system. Rather, you change the system by inventing a new one! Kevin Wallace and Health Hyneman are both native Atlantans, entrepreneurs and innovators with proven … Continue reading Hypepotamus: The Atlanta Creative Class Creating Their Own Empowerment Platform
Did you know that there are over 11 Million meetings every day in the U.S. alone and that 80% of them fail to achieve their stated objectives? Shocking? I'm going to venture a guess that nobody is floored by this statistic. I learned this fast fact among others things about why meetings fail and what … Continue reading Meetings About Meetings: The Culture of Getting Things Done (Or Not) Through Collaboration
This one is for my “older” friends and colleagues who are having trouble adjusting to working with Millennials. Our ability to understand is only limited by our vision – and I love it when vision is put in perspective by the ones being observed. Enjoy!
I’m not surprised when a millennial is able to sum up a grand observation about our generation. The more I learn about, and write about my generation, the more I notice similar observations, and a sense of cohesion of attitude with my peers. But I am pleasantly surprised when someone from a generation ahead of us is able to “get” millennials. The recently published Forbes article Millennials Will Inherit the Earth by Michael Schulze (Senior Vice President, Retail, SAP) has great observations into millennials, as well as ways for older generations to understand, and relate with them.
Here are some great quotes from the article, and my response:
1. The generational disconnect. “As leaders of industry, we need to seek ways to understand and engage them, to teach and to learn from them.”
Millennials are here to stay, we are large in numbers and we’re changing the country…
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After reading todays' today's Sociology of Style blog on the active gender debate and female self-sabotage before I even had my first cup of coffee, I had a lot of opinions and questions swirling around in my brain. But I had a full day of work to do that required said brain so decided to … Continue reading On The Gender and Feminism Debate: What does “Having It All” Really Mean?
Great Millennial POV on their value to the workforce by virtue of the fact that their tech-savvy upbringing has made them experts at dealing with change…
When I was younger, I helped my older brother make mixed tapes by recording songs off the radio. In elementary school, I learned how to find library books by using a card catalog and the Dewey Decimal system. In 6th grade, I watched a corny educational video about floppy discs (Don’t copy that floppy!).
Think about the massive evolution technology has gone through in the last 20 years. Card catalogs? Floppy discs? Please.
Millennials are the first generation that grew up with the rapidly evolving technology of computers and the Internet. Things in this realm are more intuitive to us than they are to our parents. Hello?! We’ve been using computers since we were young enough to not care if a deadly virus was downloaded.
Being tech savvy is one thing our generation is applauded for. Employers are excited to work with us for this reason. But growing up with computers and…
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From my perspective, this is not an accurate portrait of generational life stage value, but rather paints an almost ethnographic portrait of a naive and privileged subculture...especially when you throw in an ironic Instagram feed ( ironic because sometime soon the kids posting will realize their own misinformed douche-ness).
This fascinating ethnographic piece in the New York Times Style section got me thinking today. If you live in an urban center or watch Portlandia then you know what I am talking about. Traditionally speaking, the gentrification of urban neighborhoods has been leaving young, white creative professionals with the blood on their hands...pushing the lower … Continue reading “Creating Hipsturbia”: Is Gentrification Pushing Out The Creative Class?
Part of the glamorous life of many corporate professionals is the business trip - pulling on your traveling pants and heading to client meetings, conferences, focus groups and other such adventures. It's a life that young professionals aspire to and get tired of by the time they are in their late twenties. Many people envision … Continue reading Office Acculturation 108: Business Travel Rituals and Protocol
I am the first to admit that the road will be a lot better off when I am behind the wheel of a car that drives itself. I am a terrible driver. It's True. Luckily I have only been involved in minor accidents (with stationary objects or rear-bumpers - no truck and tractor trailor accident), … Continue reading Self Driving Cars: What Is The Ultimate Impact of Low-Effort Mobility?
Many thanks to my Canadian colleagues for sharing this Globe and mail article. I suppose the question it raises from my point of view relates to whether or not the American workforce is prepared to compete in a conceptual economy given the fact that labor is becoming less and less of a valuable … Continue reading The Death Of The Industrial Economy: A Canadian Perspective