Getting Down To Business By Letting The Love In

I originally posted this article on LinkedIn but felt compelled to share here as well, since the Narcissistic Anthropologist in me is certain you will want to read it.  😉 Most humans will readily admit to wanting people to like them. While it’s a mild demonstration of vulnerability to do so, it’s one a good … Continue reading Getting Down To Business By Letting The Love In

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My Future Dream Job: DEO

And by dream job, I mean - this is the role I will create for myself. It's all about self-authorship and the image below is the "cloud" of my life. I am reading Rise Of The DEO  by Maria Giudice and Christopher Ireland as research for a client white paper I am writing on prioritizing … Continue reading My Future Dream Job: DEO

Culture, Pushing Boundaries and Change

Recently in my professional career I have been yet again posed the question of "why study cultural context" - not so much from a "prove your value" perspective but from a "help us sell this stuff" perspective. I got to thinking about the connection between "values" (broad term for not-so-easy-to-measure sociocultural "stuff") and value (the … Continue reading Culture, Pushing Boundaries and Change

Conversations About Masculinity: Who Is The American Male?

About once a year for the past several years I have had projects come across my desk that involve taking a closer look at the American Male consumer to help with one marketing, product development or otherwise strategic initiative or another.   In most cases of work designed to unearth consumer insights, the focus is typically … Continue reading Conversations About Masculinity: Who Is The American Male?

Brands Taking Responsibilty For Inspiring Social Change: Dove’s “Real Beauty” Sketches as a Dialogue-Starter

In today's consumer culture driven world - especially here in the United States, brands are starting to become a required participant, if not leader, of conversations about social change. It' s part of a macro trend related to empowered consumerism and the shifting balance of power between civil society, government and corporations. Specifically, government is … Continue reading Brands Taking Responsibilty For Inspiring Social Change: Dove’s “Real Beauty” Sketches as a Dialogue-Starter

From Convict To Entrepreneur: Defying Labels By Empowering Change

During my graduate studies in applied sociology, my concentration was on deviant behavior.  I spent a good amount of time examining the role of deviance in society and how it contributes to the workings of a functioning social system.   Everything from soda fountains, Jazz music and "reefer madness" to juvenile delinquency and criminal behavior. One … Continue reading From Convict To Entrepreneur: Defying Labels By Empowering Change

Meetings About Meetings: The Culture of Getting Things Done (Or Not) Through Collaboration

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!

So-Called Millennial

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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