mil·len·nial /miˈlenēəl/

My company has a world-wide training facility just outside Chicago. I had the fortune of serving as a faculty to a very bright group in St. Charles. It was challenging assignment given the diversity and range of experiences of our audience. The primary goal was to equip the group with a technology foundation so that they can help implement large programs at enterprise clients.


Most of the participants were millennials — wired to their smart phones and very much in tune with modern pop culture and social media.  Here are some takeaways:

* Millennials are driven and seek efficiency in everything they do, judging by the number of smart phone apps they use daily. They get bored easily.

* Millennials connect easily and quickly grasp ideas from their shared experiences. Collaboration is not something which needs to be taught. However, the right tools can be rolled out and moderated to promote ideas. Firms which are investing heavily in social media tools will understand their workers and customers much better.

* Sustainability and Eco are hot topics. Do-gooders want meaningful work to ensure loyalty and longevity in their careers. It was a challenge to share war stories which go beyond helping a client achieve business goals. Corporate Social Responsibility programs make a difference in the community and help retain your rock star employees.

* Winning is also about having fun. Employee engagement goes up if winning can be gamified in creative ways. Millennials love to compete.

* Companies like ours would benefit by crowdsourcing small projects.  A program was recently rolled out offering “job jars” for consultants on the “bench.”  These “job jar” programs can be utilized more widely.

* The short video format was popular via movie clips and TED talks . These helped connect the dots towards a bigger vision. Long speeches and dry topics do not resonate with this group. Every project has meaning and some could make the world a better place. Leaders need to drive home the point. Here’s a good example:

Recent studies indicate that over 70% of the global workforce will be under 30 years old by 2024. And they are available 24×7.

It boils down to this: Will millennials buy your products or consider working for you? Are you ready for them?

Motivation Part 2

Eco movie from Sherpas Cinema

Good report from Hootsuite (attached)

Hootsuite offers brand management social media tools. “Social Selling” is the buzzword for FY2015. It needs to be formalized within businesses in order to show value. Adoption is growing.

Social Media Education- The New Edge for Success


Do blogs reveal someone’s Myers-Briggs personality type?

Yes, blogs and sample writing provide enough evidence according to this tool created by Swedish entrepreneur Mattias Ostmar.

This is useful from a business standpoint if you have to understand different work styles. It seems accurate based on a quick test of family and friends.



The Book of 5 Rings…

Quotes from Japan’s most influential Samurai translated into English:

1. “There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, richer, stronger, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”

2. “In battle, if you make your opponent flinch, you have already won.”

3. “Do not regret what you have done.”

4. “All people are the same except for their belief in their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them.”

5. “Do nothing which is of no use.”


Saving the Sun

Good book. I had a front row seat in Japan while working for Shinsei Bank. Gillian Tett provides an accurate summary here. She is the US managing editor of the Financial Times. Maybe I’ll write a book, too.