Category: Younger Generations

The Roots of Achievement, Part 2: Experiences

Achievement doesn’t happen overnight. Like a tree, it has roots. And it’s the strength and depth of the roots that determines how high the tree will grow. In education and workforce development, the same concept holds true: the young people who succeed are most often those who have a strong foundation—a root system, if you… Read more »

Delivering the Big Picture in Education and Employment

People don’t know what they don’t know—and that’s especially true of the people in today’s younger generations when it comes to education and careers. It’s not their fault; it’s just that no one has told them about the possibilities out there today. Many don’t know where their education can lead or what it means beyond… Read more »

“Because I Said So” Doesn’t Work Anymore. Here’s Why

Have you ever had the “because-I-said-so” exchange with someone? Whether you’re the person saying or hearing this line, it signals frustration and a desire to close the conversation. It makes the speaker’s authority the sole reason for compliance. That used to be enough, but not anymore. Today, young people want to dig deeper for a… Read more »

Graduates, Build Your Dream — Not Someone Else’s

Hello graduates—or soon-to-be graduates! You’ve accomplished so much and you should be proud. There are so many great things waiting for you. So are you ready to live the dream? Living the dream—it sounds great. But what dream am I talking about? It’s whatever your dream happens to be. It can mean whatever you want… Read more »

Growth Mindset: Sure, Students Should Have It…What About You?

Growth mindset, a term coined by Dr. Carol Dweck, is a popular topic these days. I’ve written about it before and I’m revisiting it today because I have a fresh observation. To briefly define growth mindset, it’s the belief that a person’s intelligence, talents, and abilities are not innate but can be developed with effort…. Read more »

The Why Generation and Why You Should Care

The Why Generation is characterized by a single question: why? They’re forever asking, why do we do things this way? Why is this needed? Why can’t we make it better? This generation is asking a serious question. In general, their asking why is not an attempt to flout authority or show off. They are sincerely… Read more »

Be Brief

“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” -– Mark Twain I know just how Twain felt. Short and sweet messages that still convey our full meaning are harder to craft than long, drawn-out treatises. (That’s why truly powerful, memorable taglines are so elusive: they sum up… Read more »

Founder’s Perspective: Challenges or Assets? Your View of Young People Changes Everything

Your perspective on the younger generations is powerful. It determines the underlying attitude and approach you bring into every conversation and interaction. It can predict your level of success in engaging, motivating, and empowering them. And your view of their generation is something you communicate to those young people every day, whether you mean to… Read more »

Young People, You Can Make a Difference

Hey, Generations Y and Z. If you’re 38 or under, I know you’re battling some tough labels—like lazy, entitled, and selfish. I interact with your generations every day and I’m here to tell you, those labels aren’t true. Some people call you high maintenance because of your constant need for reasons; I call you the… Read more »

We’re Workplace Rethinkers, Not Workplace Rebels

I’m a Millennial, and to many people that makes me a rebel, especially in the workplace. But I’m not a workplace rebel—I’m a workplace rethinker. Let me tell you why. Recently I came across this sketchnote that opened my eyes to how my workplace behavior could sometimes be perceived as rebellious. It’s true: I like… Read more »