Ha- I’m kidding, you’re already a member.
Our club includes high achievers, doers, chill individuals, folks with plenty of confidence, those continuing to grow their confidence, mentors, mentees, clowns, smarties and fun seekers.
We’re not your normal folks. We look at things from many perspectives, often amuse ourselves and hate mean people. That’s right, we hate them because besides sucking, they hurt others and we remember that feeling.
Let’s focus on the workplace.
Almost every time I present at a conference or company brave women and men share with me some of the challenges, triumphs and nightmares the face.
Usually, their stories share common threads with others I’ve heard. However, as I writer, I also take notes both to improve my content, learn and share with you!
In 2015-16 a theme has begun to fester in the minds and hearts of many.
It’s crappy management, bosses, bossholes, so-called leaders.
Just as fast as you can say “really”, a conversation with individuals or groups will turn to poor management. And yes, compliments are offered too if earned. Yes, earned!
Our club has experience. We’ve worked for 5+ years. Some as much as 40 + years. We’re good and we know it ‘cause we’ve worked our butts off to get better. So, why do some leaders fall short on…um, LEADING?
Complex as it may seem, the best answer I learned over the years is communication. That’s right; talking, sharing of information and listening.
Hey, I see you shaking your head up and down, I know you understand.
When the sh*T hits the fan.
We understand that many who leave their job are really leaving their boss, not the company.
We understand that many of the words I used to begin my gentle rant are foreign to management who only focus on numbers, quotas and/or investors.
Millennials are now the largest workforce in the country. Add their number of 83 million plus with those of Gen Xers and you have a massive talent pool of women and men.
The leaders who strive to understand and communicate well these folks will be successful and blow away their competition because their club demands different treatment.
They look at interaction as an equal playing field, especially Millennials! The big picture, appreciation, feeling valued, open and honest feedback and communication are demanded.
The leaders who get this statistically have happier, more productive employees while also increasing retention.
Those who don’t get it continue to complain about staff, generations, and cultures when they’re the ones failing to realized that great communication creates great workplace cultures.
I’m honored to be part of the cool club. I like looking outside the box, asking lots of questions and facing fear with persistence, guts and excitement.
Yes, our glorious club includes high achievers, doers, chill individuals, folks with plenty of confidence, those continuing to grow their confidence, mentors, mentees, clowns, smarties and fun seekers and more.
It also includes millions and millions of talented folks. Treated well and with open communication, we’ll make ya proud. Treat us like crap, like old school my way or the highway and you’ll be asking yourself time and time again- “I wonder why they left? I wish they would have mentioned something.”
Ya, we did. You weren’t listening. Adios!