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Team Batman & Robin -- Cameos from bat-climbs

The new Batman movie opens this week and I'm looking forward to seeing it.  However, I LOVE the original TV series from the 1960's.  One of my favorite parts of the show was when we would see Batman & Robin climbing the bat-rope up the side of a building and then a famous person (from that time period) would open a window to find the dynmaic duo scaling the outside of the building. 


Leadership, Teamwork and the "Generation Global"

Many Boomers in management and supervisory roles have expressed the challenges of leading "Gen-Y" and "Millennials" (click here).

Some are calling the newest generation to enter the work for "Globals" and National Public Radio has an interesting report on this generation.  CLICK HERE to access the free recording.

Are you wondering how to lead this generation? Motivation wont' work.  This generation is all about INSPIRATION.  Do you know the difference between "motivation" and "inspiration"? Your success and the success of your team/organization will depend on your understanding of this distinction.  Read about the "Inspiration Economy" in my open letter at the IATF Leader As Coach Fast Track Program website.

Globals_1Jennifer Larr (center), 24, is seen here in Rwanda at the Gashora Girls Academy where she was a teacher in 2011. Larr is part of a new generation of young adults focusing on travel, studying abroad and global experiences.


"They understand this idea of a shared fate, or a linked fate. That somehow, what happens to somebody in Mumbai may have an effect on me in West Los Angeles."
- Franklin Gilliam, dean, UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs

To Bring Out The Best In Millennials, Put On Your Coaching Hat

Do you lead a team composed fully or partially with Millennials? If you're like many of the Gen-X or Gen-Y or Baby Boomers you're likely having a difficult time leading them.

From Fast Company Magazine:

In the last five years, a growing number of studies and surveys have highlighted the importance of innovation for the economic health of companies and countries. Perhaps the most significant survey related to innovation was conducted in 2011 by GE, which interviewed a thousand senior business executives in twelve countries. They found that "95% of respondents believe innovation is the main lever for a more competitive national economy and 88% of respondents believe innovation is the best way to create jobs in their country."

Companies need innovators--individuals who willing to take risks and who bring a spark of imagination and initiative to whatever they do. And millennials--because they have grown up as "digital natives" who use technologies to learn, connect, collaborate, and create on a daily basis--are a huge potential talent pool for companies. They are driven to create and to make a difference in the world more than any generation in history. However, as I discovered in researching my new book Creating Innovators, many millennials are very averse to working for large corporations--and many companies, in turn, don't know how to work with this generation.

Ellen Kumata, who is managing director and partner at Cambria Consulting, works closely with senior executives in Fortune 100 companies. She told me that big corporations are "really nervous about the Millennial Generation. They work differently--and are not as focused on individual achievement. They don't want to 'make it' and see themselves in multiple jobs. The real question is, will organizations be able to capture their strengths?"

How do the Millennials work--what motivates them--and what must companies do to attract and retain highly talented twentysomethings?

CLICK HERE to continue reading this article.

Learn how to lead Millennials using the "Leader As Coach" leadership system.



Crazy Busy, Leadership, and Teamwork

One of the challenges of being a team leader is becoming too busy ("crazy busy").

Being crazy busy is actually at epidemic proportions among team leaders.  Patrick Lencioni suggests being crazy busy is a sign of "adrenaline addiction".

Here's a great article from Tim Krieder at the New York Times entitled "The Busy Trap"

If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint. And the stock response is a kind of congratulation: “That’s a good problem to have,” or “Better than the opposite.”

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.