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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

Joy to the You!

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Can you frickin’ believe it? Me neither! 2016 is two months in!

Where has the year gone? We trace back in our minds the events that shaped the year that’s“in the books.”

My grandmother, Eve (my dad’s mom) was a tremendous person. Long on wisdom, personality and friends, she taught me many great lessons into adulthood.

This year was filled with events that rocked our world in great ways as well as dark days.

Eve’s attitude was contagious. When someone crossed her path they were never in a rush to leave — her grandson included. Yes, her 90+ years had been filled with optimism, loss and everything in between. Just like you and me.

She taught me to surround myself with good, positive people. I’m in! Leaders know and practice this.

She suggested that I separate from those who are negative (not always easy if it’s a family member or close friend) and be a nice person. I’m in!

She neglected to mention that perfecting this art can take many lifetimes!

Life is a blast. Living it is an adventure. Making it day-to-day is sometimes challenging. Add political opinions to the mix and relationships can easily be tested.

As we look back on 2015, I encourage you to separate your professional and personal life on your computer or a piece of paper. List five things that rocked and five things that um…didn’t rock so much on each side. You may end up with more than five. That’s okay.

Keep evolving the list for three days. Then, let it rest for 24 hours and take a look at what you wrote. Highlight a few that resonate with you the most.

Call it a resolution, call it eye opening, but please consider acting on one.

You’ve had one heck of a year. You made it, rocked it and perhaps picked yourself up like we all do. Please consider celebrating the joy that is you.

Corny perhaps, but we’ve made some pivotal moves this year. It took guts. It took courage.

It took you!

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Successfully Navigating Change in the Workplace

Thursday, April 30th, 2015


Human Resource is described as: the department of a business or organization that deals with the hiring, administration, and training of personnel.

Sure, but add the words human beings to the definition and it takes on a multitude of layers that can resemble a three dimensional game of chess! And change can cost billions!


When I decided to speak on change I quickly realized that this topic bridged the professional and personal lives of employees. After all, we’ve all been faced with change and understand all to well that it can sometimes be difficult at best.

Thankfully, 28 years of helping others navigate change at a Berkshire Hathaway Fortune 500 company gave me insight I share with groups from coast to coast.  As HR professionals, we’re called upon by Ceo’s, Presidents, first year employees and everyone in between to assist in various levels of change. I call it “Fractured Time” because it depletes energy, decreases productivity and places fear into otherwise strong workers.



Happily, I found many women and men who were able to navigate change and even thrive during difficult times. Here’s how they did it.

  1. Eliminating Fear

Think it’s easy, we’ll guess again. I’ve seen giants fall to change and $35,000 a year employees navigate it so well they received promotions.

I began to notice that those who understood that changed occurred all the time were much better equipped to make it through unscathed. One person described it this way.

“Today, we’re facing this direction and next week we’ll be facing another direction. What’s important Scott is that we continue to face in the direction our company is in and make personal adjustments along the way.”

So true. How about you? The great unknown that fear places upon us will slow you down to a crawl if allowed. Change occurs and we can do little to stop it. However, we can do much to increase our chances of making it through the change. Begin with eliminating fear. Make it your friend. Come to some sort of agreement. Okay fear, I acknowledge you exist but I’m in control! Successful women and men know this. Sure, it bothers them and makes work/life interesting. The key is in how we choose to deal with it.


  1. Personally Speaking

We face change at home all the time. It can follow us to work in our car or on the train. Pretending it doesn’t matter won’t make it go away. Dealing with it will.

Someone once said- We speak about someday dealing with that or someday dealing with the change that’s glaring us in the face when someday isn’t even a day of the week!

Our complex lives leave little time for relaxation. Is there a way to gain back some precious time that runs through our hands like sand?

Once again, our ability to confront change head on and deal with it can bring the most positive results. These include: More time for you. More time to give to others and the change that was staring you in the face just a day ago is now a thing of the past. Ahhhhhh…..

And of course, you squashed the fear and succeeded. Way to go!



  1. The Payoff- The Secret

DYK? Managers, bosses and companies are always watching our performance. Duh! We’re all graded on it and given raises and promotions, in part for our good performance.

Most of us answer to someone with a higher position at work. At the end of the day we go home and become the non-work us leaving that world behind. Our lives are full, we need some rest and then it’s back to work in the morning.

At the office, change affects us, connects us and sometimes directs us. If you’re looking for a promotion, if you like receiving that yearly raise, if you’d like to stay employed than you have a distinct advantage over others. Remember what I mentioned above? There is a direct correlation between perception and advancement. If your manager remembers your Ninja-like skill of successfully navigating change you will be looked upon as a savior. Why? Because, you made a difficult situation pertaining to change easier for them to navigate. And, trust me; they also remember the staff that did not assist them as well. They complained- a lot. They couldn’t handle it well. They poisoned those around them.

In the meantime, YOU kept it together. YOU successfully navigated change. YOU are the one that will be remembered as opportunities arise.

Was it easy? Heck no! Did you make it? Heck yes. Are you better for having done so?

YES, yes you are!


5 Reasons Those Damn Millennial’s… Rock!

Monday, April 13th, 2015



I got lucky when I decided to build a presentation on the 4 to 5 generations currently in the workplace. The topic was hot, the generations unique and Millennials (of course) were getting trashed.

Sure there were some reason for concern, but I would point out to hundreds of attendees they had it wrong. Gasp!

As a baby boomer I remember hearing from previous generations that MY generation wouldn’t amount to much. No work ethic, etc. Checking the scorecard I see that these predictions were incorrect. We’re so quick to criticize younger generations, but each one has done a great job at helping us move forward collectively. Millennials are doing the same!

  • Do you use Facebook? The dude who started it is a Millennial! Okay, that was too easy. But, they are the most tech savvy. They’re eager to learn. This is good!


  • They learn quickly. This is great. Their eagerness to grow is part of their culture. Plus, they are the #1 generation in the US AND the #1 generation in the workforce.


  • They are far more diverse than previous generations. Plus, more come from single-parent homes, blended families, and families with same sex parents than ever before. This is a fact! And, Millennials are pro women. They work to live not live to work.


  • NOT TRUE! Contrary to popular belief this generations does like to work, they simply approach it from a different angle. Many are dependable, innovative and open to trying creative ways of completing tasks. They are social, willing to be mentored and YES they want an opportunity for growth/advancement.
  • Look ahead. Jerks come in all colors, shapes and sizes. So do managers! Thankfully, the same can be said of nice people! Already making a huge impact, todays Millennials are going to be running major companies in 5-10 years. How you treat those younger than you might have an impact on your paycheck. Treat people well because they remember! Treat people poorly and…..

Running the Wrong Way!

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Running the Wrong Way

I run outside year round in the second coldest major city in America (Milwaukee) and I have run here for over 25 years.

Now, it’s difficult enough to get my butt outside in all kinds of weather ‘cause…exercise ain’t so easy, the wind is unforgiving and let’s just say I run on the road. Yep, I’m a roadrunner who goes against traffic, gets cursed at and has had his share of ‘non-attentive or angry’ drivers.

I’m not changing because I need to run. I’m going to continue running against traffic with no music so I can see what’s coming at me.

How about you?

Is it time for you to consider changing direction?

  • Family

Take a look inward and ask yourself these questions:

What else can I do to show my family I care? Am I just present or am I an integral part of everyday life. Perhaps it’s time to jump in even more and add your own unique flavor.”  “What’s holding me back from doing this? Am I uncomfortable?”

Perhaps family, a loved one or a relationship is bringing you down.

Consider changing directions. Talk to a close friend. Open up your mind to the new possibilities others can offer. Fresh perspectives can often help us see things clearer. And, don’t be afraid! download

  • Work

Gut check time. Are you close to being where you wanted to be? If your job sucks then leave! You have my permission. It’s not that easy, Scott. You can’t just up and split!  Yeah, you can. Especially, if you heading in the wrong direction. The choice is yours but remember, some will try to stop your progress. Listen to them, and then move forward in the direction that YOU want. Don’t be afraid to change directions and run against traffic.

  • Life

One shot! Whatever your beliefs, I’d like you to consider this. 29219 days. 42,075,000 minutes. Let’s say you live to be 80 years old. I hope you reach 90! The number of days we have to play, have fun and do what matters most to us is/are numbered.  Running the wrong way can open up you life to fantastic possibilities. Grabbing hold of your life is a real job. Work just provides money to make life happen. What is it that you’re waiting to do? A friend once shared with me that we always say “someday I’m going to………. Someday I will…… when someday isn’t even a day of the week!” Don’t wait. Jump in. Run against traffic and see what you discover

I’ve been running against traffic my entire life, sometimes falling flat on my face by attempting things that weren’t wise. Other times I blew my mind and others at what I had accomplished. Towing the line is boring. Running on a treadmill is…well it’s good for ya. But, running the wrong direction is exhilarating, challenging and full of wonderful possibilities.

Isn’t it time to consider your life as precious too? Don’t you want to live your life the way it matters most to you? Are you ready to change directions after giving thought to where you want to be?

Which direction are YOU running?

Running After 50

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

I was out for a summer run the other morning and realize that my pace has slowed. At first I wondered if I was tired, lazy or simply getting older. As I continued to put my five miles in I began to think about the benefits of exercise in general. Here’s what I came up within 42 minutes.

 1-    It ain’t easy to get a workout in ‘cause sleeping is so cozy.

2-    It’s difficult to stay in shape at any age ‘cause great tasting food that isn’t so good for us is EVERYWHERE!

3-    The wind is from the north and I’m cold. Should have worn more gear. Now in my 3rd mile- Wait I’m warming up now!

4-    I have some friends with some major weight issues. I don’t, cool!

5-    I hope that guy with the mean dog controls him better so he doesn’t lunge at me again. Why is he yelling at the dog? It’s his job to control Cujo!

6-    One more mile. Glad I got another run in. What’s for lunch? What’s for dinner? Did I call that client back? Did I brush my teeth? Stupid driver!

7-    Home. Feeling good. Time to shower and log on. Did I eat enough before I ran? Don’t forget to drink water. Gotta walk the dog. Repeat in two days!