Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Remote Workplace, HR and Employers

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

As I see it, Millennials and Gen Z are doing things differently. From going to school, studying, getting an office job, finding a partner, getting a house, having kids and living in one place the rest of your life. Times have changed. There are more options. Companies wanting to attract the largest generation living and working in the U.S understand that Millennials do things differently. Different can be a good thing.

Flexible schedules, work remote (anywhere), more open and relaxed office environments, less meetings and greater ability to openly express one’s opinion with tact. The benefits to employers are higher retention, increased productivity, business growth, happier staff, less sick days and more. Technology is also a key factor. At work and personally, these generations are focused, passionate and relentless in their pursuit of work/ life and fun…on their terms! Employers best leverage is to offer them a reason to work for them. This may run counter-intuitive to leadership’s desire to have leverage but it works!

Consider this. Millennials want to make a difference. That is paramount in their decision to stay or look for another job. Next, is competitive salary and benefits, title and the ability to move up quickly. Both generations are keen to mentoring!

Generation Z desire job stability most. Salary and benefits are important, but long-term employment is very appealing to this generation.

Seeing a difference?

As leaders,you must show and explain to management/owners that these two generations, that combined account for 140 million workers, are here to stay. Communication, understanding and cooperation on both sides are key factors attracting and retaining these talented professionals.

Bottom line: Remote working has arrived. Some people work better remotely than others and you have to take time to recognize who they are. It can grow productivity and members of all five generations in the workforce are carving the opportunity to not commute M-F. Employers who offer remote work will attract more talent, retain them and grow a culture of happier workers.

Do you work remotely? Are you loving it? Are you offering employees this option? To learn more or to set up time to chat with Scott visit http://www.scottlesnick.com/

Millennial Mania and the Next Big Productive Wave

Monday, February 4th, 2019

We’ve been hearing, talking and learning about this numerical force of nature for more than a decade.

Now parents themselves, they also hold important positions at companies, in politics and in every other aspect of our lives. They touch our daily existence and we’re better for it.

I gave a keynote to 2000 people recently and mentioned that “some of you are worn out, checked out and even grossed out by the fact that you’re getting older. Right? Yet, your ideas carry weight and your experience is essential, however there IS a new sheriff in town. Personally, I’m often the oldest dude in any room now. And my generation actually began using ‘dude’ way before recent generations.”

Are we finished talking about this group? Have we seen the last of this coddled, tenacious, and social group of 80 million? I don’t believe so. But some people are writing that 2019 is the end of the Millennial discussion. I call these folks delusional! Wishful thinkers that want things THE WAY THEY USED TO BE.

Umm, when is the last time anything stayed the same?

All generations are asking for a healthier workplace with incentives for staying fit, healthier working conditions and open communications from C-Suite to new staff.
 
And, management wants increased productivity from all generations!
 
I offer up solutions in my presentations and training. Among them is the massively important and not so new-idea of having a workplace culture that is built around communicating openly and freely at work. Ideas flow, positive cultural changes are made and workers are essentially happier, plus more productive!
 
The truth can sting. Honesty grows relationships. Open and honest communications that are respectful often lead to greater workplace productivity and staff retention.

I understand that isn’t easy for everyone. However, leaders that want to grow need to do this. Employers that want to spend less money onboarding new staff must do this. And, Boomers, Gen X and Millennials best understand the specific needs of each generation. An hour or two meeting discussing the similarities and differences can yield big dividends for everyone. It can be fun, enlightening and empowering as we begin to prepare for the next big wave-Generation Z.

As we prepare for a generation of approximately 61 million strong, it good to remember that their group size is larger than Gen X but smaller than Millennials.
They are unique (as is every generation) and some have already graduated high school and even college.  However, their way of working and living is more aligned with a “Millennials meet the Silent Generation aka WWII AKA Greatest Gen” hybrid. This means quick to learn, eager to work yet stay in one place and are more conservative with their spending.
 
Marketing professionals have been reaching out to this group for years. And, they have not forgotten Millennials in their advertising either. Over 135 million strong, these two generation offer gigantic numbers of workers, consumers and voters.
 
And, all generations want support with topics ranging mental health issues to free fruit and water; from biking to work incentives and more. Business leaders have begun to recognize the fact that happy, healthy employees mean more productive employees, regardless of generation. Having a wellness plan can also help to attract and retain the best talent.
 
The days of lumping everyone into a specific age group are fleeting but not gone. Recognizing individual talent, providing a healthy work environment and connecting them to your company’s goals through open communications are the new normal.


A workplace that has an open and positive workplace culture grows, matures and retains employees better than ones who do not. And, recognizing the similarities we have and connecting us to one another is essential in maintaining a positive and productive workplace.

What are you doing to connect generations at work? If asked, would your staff agree that your organization has an open workplace environment that creates a culture of ideas, health and is both client and employee-focused?
 
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Limited Resources or Unlimited Resourcefulness: Getting More Done

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

How can we increase our productivity when confronted with limited resources? This talk proposes that we start from the understanding that resourcefulness requires consideration of multiple perspectives of the same resources. Resourcefulness follows from having the context to see something well enough to understand how we can take advantage of what otherwise might appear to be an obstacle.

Scott Lesnick exemplifies the attributes of the Never Give Up guy in many areas of his life.

Scott Lesnick at TEDx Oshkosh

Having experienced an unimaginable horror in his personal life, Scott was able to focus on his resourcefulness, despite limited resources, to bring about a positive resolution. His tenacity and persistence has shown in his personal triumphs, business successes, and having run more than 50,000 miles over 30 years.

An author and speaker known around the world, he earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. In addition, Scott has 28 award-winning sales and management years at a Fortune 500 company. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Facebook and LinkedIn and Snap Chat…Oh My!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Just the other day, a friend of mine went off on a political rant. Not in person, although he has in the past. This was on Facebook.

Another attempted this on LinkedIn.

And yes, I’ve even received a political Snapchat too!

He was passionate, articulate and well informed. That’s nice because there’s nothing worse than someone spouting off political ideology with no clue of what they’re saying. Okay, that’s not totally correct. Going to the dentist can be worse. Your home team losing a game is no fun either. Well, you get my point.

Funny or not, these conversations are going on at work every day and they can be fun, funny or even intense. Good folks on one side trying to convince good folks on the other side that THEY’RE right and YOU are wrong!

You can depend on it. Energy turns to the shaking of heads. Voices begin to rise and opinions are changed all of the time. I mean, people actually change their political affiliation simply because your point was stated so eloquently, with such poise and indisputable fact!

That’s what my friend was attempting to do on FB.

And scholarly institutions around the globe have accumulated massive amounts of proof that entrenched political minds can be changed like that (snapping my fingers.) Really, they do……..NOT!

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Look, technology is relatively new. Political beliefs and ideologies are older than-well they go back a lot further. You’re not going to change many minds with a post or office chat. However, there is one way to get your way. It’s bold and requires a little effort as do many things that we truly value in life.

While you’re espousing your heart-held beliefs, ingrained into the fiber of your being and as you continue to discuss, rant the day away and change few minds if any –  I’m going old school. Not so much complaining. Not an essay on why I’m right and you are a political neophyte.

So, what CAN you do? What clear choice will allow you to champion your beliefs with clarity, passion and zest?

Get a megaphone? Perhaps. Public access TV? Okay. Write an op-ed article to a local paper? Sure.

I have a different plan. It’s political and it’s not.

I’m gunna VOTE! That’s right. You’ll make a bigger difference if you vote.
Are you with me? Yeah, I knew you were!

See you at the polls!

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Leadership: 9 Ways to Successfully Navigate Changes, Tragedy and Triumph – Implementing the Never Give Up Perspective

Friday, March 23rd, 2018
My entry into the world of professional speaking came about when I wrote my first book Kidjacked: A Father’s Story. It told the true events that rocked my world to its foundation. You see, when my kids Jonathan and Alexandra were 4 and 2 years old they were kidnapped and taken to the Middle East by the person I trusted most- their mother, my wife Liza! Leadership was not foremost on my mind, But as it turns out, it needed to be.

Yeah, I was devastated, lost and emotionally trashed. And yet, I accomplished what few people said that could ever be done. I located them, came up with a less than fool proof plan and eventually was successful in getting them home to America! And, I had the honor and pleasure of raising them…except for a few moments in the teenage years!

Today, my kids are grown, I’ve remarried and with the extraordinary help of my fantastic wife Meg, we raised two wonderful adults.

Today’s world is filled with horrific stories.
It’s difficult to pick up a paper, read an article online or talk to a coworker without discussing a school shooting, another woman being harassed or worse at work or cyber or personal bullying.

Okay, the bury our head in the sand approach is not working. And, we complain, almost in unison that this and that must end. Today! Yet, it all continues, we feel helpless and there often appears to be no end in sight. It requires individual leadership.

Feeling like crap, are you? Well, happily there IS something you and I can do. I learned it many years ago and I call it The Never Give Up Perspective.

Here’s how it works.
Are you old enough to remember when seat belts were often not worn in cars? No laws required it. How about drinking and driving? Smoking on airplanes? Same sex marriage? Legalized Marijuana? Laws, laws and more laws! So, how does change professionally and personally take root and grow into a movement and more? Here’s how change works and keeps going:

  1. Communication
  2. Sharing information
  3. Getting mad
  4. Losing someone/something you loved
  5. Doing something. Speaking up/speaking out
  6. Be brave
  7. Realizing that whatever you’re aiming for takes time
  8. Building a base of support
  9. Never ever under any circumstances giving up!

You have something(s) you’re passionate about at work. Something that MUST change.

We all do. Be that voice. Be brave. Know that others feel the same way and are looking for a leader to support.
You’ve seen the ugly in life. You’ve seen the inappropriate in the workplace. The leader is you. The first move is yours.

Moms got MAD and driving while drunk laws changed.

People did not want others smoking on the plane and in restaurants/bars. Laws were enacted.

People wanted people to marry whomever they choose. Laws were changed.

Seatbelts-new laws

Inappropriate behavior in the workplace- laws, regulations and PEOPLE being brave and speaking up!

Kids kidnapped– Moved forward, fell down many times and never gave up. So, did all of the women and men who made the changes above.

Safer gun laws that protect our children and citizens… Perhaps closer then we think!

As humans we’re often quick to complain, quick to judge and slow to react.
History shows us that it is often the act of 1 person that begins to move a cause or action at work or in society forward. A brave woman in Selma. A brave man in San Francisco, a group of mothers and more!

Please, don’t wait for that women to come forward. Don’t watch to see which man will speak up. Instead, be that person that so many are waiting for. It always begins with a single voice. Perhaps yours.

#METOO, gun violence, workplace harassment, bullying, cyber shaming. How do you deal with these things? Do you speak out against this and more?
Are you willing to be THAT voice of change professionally and personally? We’re counting on you! We counting on your leadership, communications and guidance.

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Scott Lesnick is a popular keynote speaker, author and trainer.
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Leading & Communicating With Generation Z- pt.2

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Generation Z, The igen, Globals etc. – pt.2

Today’s workplace is a collective of 4 or 5 generations working side by side. Communication isn’t always easy, Millennial’s are all grown up and a new generation is poised to enter the workplace. This group, roughly defined as anyone born between 1995 and 2010, already make up a staggering 25 percent of the U.S. population. I call them Gen. Z.

I recently had a phone conversation about this newer generation and more and wanted to share the highlights with you for your consideration.

I could feel Carmen clutching her phone on the other end of the line. Her voice was curt, the anger palatable and her confusion very real. She read my Linked In article on generations and reached out with an email that at first glance appeared to be a short novel. As a manager, her staff and other leaders were having trouble successfully navigating the 5 generations at her company.

I knew how to help her connect Millennials and Gen Z. I had the ability and knowledge to assist is creating a company culture of generational understanding, mentorship and better communications.

After readying her email, I replied- “Not a problem, I can help you. Let’s chat.”  I sent her a few ideas/documents that would help her think differently and take action even if she didn’t want to talk.

The tone of her email suggested that she was reaching a “desperate measures faze” where employees could get written up, lectured or even fired! It was serious.

We spoke the next day.

Carmen- Thank you for taking the time to speak with me, Scott. I need help. We have poor communications between generations and it is causing friction, anger and lowering our productivity. What’ve you got?

Me- My pleasure, Carmen. Your email pointed to the communications and I agree. And understanding, information and clear perspectives from each generation and you’ll gown connections and relationships between employees. I’m very confident that these steps will address your main pain points and improve productivity too.

Carmen- Perfect! When can you come out to see us? The sooner the better.

Me- There’s more.

Carmen- You’ve sold me. I’m in, Scott.

Me- Thanks, but I have a few more tips that I want to send you via email. They will help you put a bandage on things. This will benefit many and is easy to implement. I’ll add some mentoring ideas too.

Carmen- That’s great. Why are you doing this? I already said I want to bring you in

Me- Generation Z is young and open to your guidance. The will stay at a job longer and want to be mentored and guided. Millennial’s are a little older, better established and have the ‘different work perspective’ as you mentioned in your email. I want you to consider connecting these two generations now, today because they’re huge in numbers and speak a similar language.

Our conversation changed to gen X and Boomers. Of course, I had solutions and happily offered a few.

We spoke availability, presentation type and fees.

All good.

Carmen- By the way Scott, I’m a Millennial. I’m 33. I believe in what you said, but I can’t seem to get upper management and staff to come together. We’re stuck!

Me- Well, as you know, I’m a professional speaker and author. It’s my job to come and offer a fresh outsiders perspective, answer your pain points and offer up actionable solutions. Plus make sure we have fun along the way.

This is not difficult. And, once we begin to understand what’s getting in the way of our communication between generations or departments the sharing of information and productivity begin to grow. It’s a really cool thing to watch.

Carmen- You’ve given me a lot to work with already for free. Maybe I don’t need to bring you in after all (said laughing.)

Me- Half of what I do with clients is prepare them for the deliverables I’m going to bring. It makes my job easier because sometimes some work is done before I arrive. Folks are more open. Signs of improvement are visible. That’s a good thing.

But, you should still bring me in. You know why?

Carmen- Yes, I do. Because we’re not going to accomplish this without help.

Me- Yep. And, it’ll be fun too!

 

Carmen booked me for a full day for 2018.

Carmen recognized her strong company had generational issues that were getting in the way of workplace productivity. She reached out and I am grateful.

What issues do you need to address at work? Are your teams generationally challenged? Who are you going to reach out to for assistance? Is you leadership ready to embrace this new and powerful generation?

Scott Lesnick is a highly requested keynote and interactive trainer.

Learn more about Scott at http://www.scottlesniclk.com/

 

 

Igniting Your Productivity with Great Leadership

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
Productivity is essential to maintaining growth.

2018 is going to be filled with buzz words like:
Artificial Intelligence (I know a few folks who seem to have this!)
Dark Data– Collected information that organizations have yet seldom use
Millennials– Their power (75 + million) is increasing and they will have a voice and say in everything from politics to business!

The list is vast. The U.S. is changing as it always does and regardless of your politics, productivity demands remain constant.

 

Professionally and personally we are tasked with a difficult chore. One that never goes away. Our jobs desire/demand higher productivity. Our management, nicely or not, are always looking at us to grow our productivity. And, our lives outside of work don’t necessarily stand for a decrease in productivity either. Hell, it’s a miracle that we keep it together so well MOST of the time!

 

Each of us desires higher productivity especially when face with limited resources or significant change. Isn’t this something that we face every day in business?

 

So, what’s getting in our way? What are these barriers that attempt to thwart high productivity?

 

To begin with, it could be that eternal quest to increase sales, grow profits &/or have better communications between departments. It could be limited budgets, understaffed companies or even slackers!

 

It can be a lack of resources, limited budgets or navigating significant change.

 

And, I see businesses and speak to C-level executives that are still managing their staff like it is the 1940’s-50’s! Of course, this is going to change but it’s taking too long. They’re killing retention, reducing employee morale and cutting into their profits.

In my new keynote, I address this and much more with an idea:
In order to truly resolve this problem, achieve our goals and increase our productivity, we must understand that resourcefulness/ingenuity requires considering multiple angles/perspectives of the same resources.

Resourcefulness comes from having the context/ability to see things well enough to understand how you can use what otherwise appeared to be a constraint.

All these ways we’re trying to grow our productivity aren’t necessarily solving the actual problem.

Your sharing of information and open communications increases productivity. Yet, some of us want to hoard it like it’s the winning Powerball ticket!

Dark Data– please consider the steps that you can take a work to increase the open sharing of information, context and perspectives.

AI– Company information and communications will once again be shared via messenger apps. The new generation messages will provide a more cohesive platform for staff, management and C-level to share, compare and report. And, companies in the AI marketplace will now offer systems to do mundane work, freeing up employees to focus on the more critical projects that use their talent and grow productivity.

Millennials – Look, I’ve been preaching for years now. I hope that my words have reached you. The future of our jobs, your success and productivity depends, in great part, to this generation. 75 million plus, passionate, progressive and poised women and men positioned to lead this country in business, politics, science and much more for the next 50+ years.

What are you doing to increase your workplace productivity? Are you working in an environment that shares information, has open doors and encourages employees to share even between departments? Are leaders helping or getting in your way?

Will you assist in the transformation from sharing information when necessary to sharing information at all times in an effort to grow workplace productivity, increase employee satisfaction and grow staff retention?
Scott Lesnick is a keynote speaker, trainer and author.
Learn more at: www.scottlesnick.com

They’re Here… Again! Part 1 of Generation Z

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Several years ago I became unpopular. Yes, I did what I always do. I stirred things up. This time it was the generational pot.

Five years ago, Millennials were a bad word. Five years ago, I would get my fair share of crap from some attendees as I began to do what few were doing at the time- flying Millennials’ flags high, showing why they were so important and upsetting Boomers and Xers along the way.

Today, their leadership can be seen at businesses and associations across North America.

Thankfully, most folks would begin to see things as I saw them. I’d even have women and men come up to me after I presented and thank me for helping them understand their unique talents, characteristics and motivation.

Well, it’s that time again folks. But this time it’s Millennials on steroids mixed with a healthy dose of the generation preceding Boomers- The Vets aka -The Greatest Generation.

The iGen, Generation Z, Globals; this generation ranges in age from 7-21 years of age. And they are massive in numbers at around 84 million in the US. They’re productivity and work ethic is great, once you get to know them.

A few things to keep in mind when working with this generation are:

  • They love their technology.

Generation Z was born just before the age of smart phones and grew up using them. Don’t take them away. This is their life line. The employer who works with this information is better positioned to retain these passionate young women and men.

  • College – sure, but not the way you necessarily want us to.

Globals aka Generation Z, have seen the debt that their siblings, parents, and others have accumulated to get a 2-4 year degree and they’re scared. They’re also angry.

The thought that tens of thousands of dollars must be spent along with high interest rate debt is more than just upsetting.

So, some are opting to go from high school to the workplace while earning their degree online or during evenings/weekends.

They may not come to you with a college degree, but they’ll most likely get one and it will be their way.

The employer who understands this newer trend will be poised to hire and retain a young and talented pool of employees.

  • This generation is more conservative when it comes to job security.

They’ve heard about downsizing. They’ve listened as family members described the struggles of 2008. They’re cautious and desire job stability. Offer this, and you’re more likely to retain them and get their friends to consider working for you too!

The iGen are poised to rock the economy, the workplace and our lives. If you’re ready you have a distinct advantage. If you welcome them, you will be adding a new layer of young talent to your staff. However, if you wait on the sidelines to see what they’re all about, if they’ve “got game” and will perform well, your competitors will pass you by in a blink of an eye.

 

Scott Lesnick is a keynote speaker, trainer and author.

Learn more at: www.scottlesnick.com

The Productivity Fix

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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In my new keynote, I share the not-so-secret information that sometimes slows our productivity and offer up powerful solutions that are quite effective in increasing it.

It’s feels like the more effort we put in place to increase our productivity, the more hurdles pop up in an attempt to slow our progress.

Leadership, open communications and the ability to be resourceful are essential.

The problem is that constraints get in our way and limited resources only add to a decline in productivity. And, we’re often scrambling to keep our workload from getting the best of us.

There’s little doubt the each of us wants higher productivity, not less, when faced with these constraints.

It can affect any and all departments and all positions in the company as well. From leaders and management to first year employees.

Sometimes, we’re aware of the barriers and other times not so much. But, it’s this desire to remove them that is essential to growing productivity, retaining employees and growing workplace satisfaction.

Think about what’s at stake

Sales, marketing, production, admin, HR, IT, company initiatives and more have the opportunity to receive and deliver more information if they can identify the staff that could benefit from it.

Our customers benefits too, because the sharing of information that is not secret or proprietary can increase sales, inventory and margins.

Resourcefulness is essential in increasing productivity as history shows us repeatedly.

Too often, we recognize and even complain about the resources we don’t have. We’re quick to point out what’s not working or why we cannot produce like we used to produce.

The answer is based on studies for my new book, 28 years in corporate America and workplace observations, both inside and on the streets, where deals are made and lost.

Think about Gates and Allen. They began with Traf-O-Data. It read and processed traffic tapes but was too expensive for municipalities. They failed.

But Paul Allen and Bill Gates of Microsoft fame took inventory of the resources they had, looked at multiple perspectives of these resources and focused on microprocessors.

These efforts would eventually lead them to an inexpensive desktop computer that ran on microprocessors for much less then what was available.

Today Bill Gates is worth $70 billion and Paul Allen $20 billion. That’s leadership and productivity!

To increase our workplace productivity we must consider multiple perspectives of the same resource.

Doing this while sharing information with coworkers and different departments at work will:

1-Give you an advantage over your competition

2- Increase productivity

3- Grow employee retention

What are you going to do to assist your teams to increase their productivity?

 

Scott Lesnick is an international speaker and author. Learn more at www.scottlesnick.com

Mirroring Margaret’s Management Mojo and Leadership

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

It’s safe to say that Margaret is one of the finest managers I’ve ever met. She’s a rare combination of great insight, intelligence, forward thought, deep caring, tremendous leadership, problem solving skills extraordinaire and so much more.

So, you may ask, why aren’t more leaders like Margaret? I wondered too, so I asked her to explain her management philosophy.

Me– It apparent to me and those you work with that you’re a cut above other managers at your company. Why is that?

Margaret– I’m not comfortable comparing myself to other managers. Earlier in my career, I worked on defining my role, what I should be working on, what to delegate and how to “manage up” i.e. my manager.

This thoughtful approach has allowed me to become a better manager. And, others see this approach and are drawn to it. I try to be fair. It’s important.

Me– Aren’t you afraid of getting to close to those you manage i.e. everyone wants to be your friend which could lessen your effectiveness?

Margaret- Everyone doesn’t want to be my friend. While I genuinely care about the people I manage, there is still a difference between personal and professional friendships.

Me- You seem to care a lot, assist others and even have employees from other department coming to you for advice. Why is that?

Margaret- Perhaps all managers are not equal. I guess I have thoughts, ideas and ways to improve their job that they want to bounce off of me. As I said before, I’m a good listener. I cross departments often, I reach out a lot and folks know me. That makes it easier for us to

Me- Sweet! Do you have a management philosophy?

Margaret- Not really, no. I prefer to manage people the way that I would want to be managed. My role is to listen carefully, help others grow, point out ideas that staff may not of seen, reduce barriers, provide other perspectives and help make individuals more productive aka the best they can be.

Me- Okay, so managers are liked, loved despised and tolerated. You are liked and loved. That’s impressive. What’s your advice to other managers?

Margaret- Spend time with the people you supervise. It can be tempting to cancel meetings with your staff, because you have a lot of other things to do. My advice is to always make that meeting happen even if it needs to be postponed. And, some need a personal touch, others with task. If you spend time with them you’ll know!

What is you managing style?

How close to Margaret’s style of managing is your manager’s?

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