Secrets To Leading Gen-Y in the Workplace with special guest Bea Fields -- LeadershipTeleSeminar Recording

Are you having difficulty leading your Gen-Y team members?

You already know Gen-Y is unlike any other generation you've had the opportunity to lead.

Geny_groupThey are the children of the Baby Boomers and are now the largest generation in the history of the world.  This is the generation you must learn to lead if you are to be successful!

Employers thought Gen-Y would simply be an extension of Gen-X or Boomers but that hasn't been the case at all.

About Gen-Y

  • Enjoy working together and are highly connected (always on computers, cell phones, text messaging, instant messaging, social networking, blogs, multi-player gaming, etc.)
  • Seek work-life balance
  • Expect to be highly successful and are upbeat
  • Reward and recognition driven
  • Short term focused
  • Supremely tech savvy
  • Want managers they can admire

If you try to manage Gen-Y using an old, outdated, command-and-control style of leadership, this generation will walk out your door before lunch.  And before the end of the day, they'll blog, IM, and text about their experience with you (warning their friends to stay away).

Times have changed and leaders must change with the times or be left behind.

If you're a leader looking for answers to your Gen-Y in the workplace issues then you need to know about Bea Fields.

Bea_fields_120 Bea Fields is a coauthor of Millennial Leaders and is a Gen-Y in the workplace expert.  Bea travels around the country and works with cutting edge organizations (large and small) who recognize the writing on the wall and want to change the way they're doing business and become supremely attractive to Gen-Y employees.

If you hire, train, or lead Gen-Y you need to know what Bea Fields is teaching.

Bea is an IATF Visiting Faculty Member and will be our special guest on this FREE leadership skills TeleSeminar.  In addition to sharing her unique and specialized knowledge of Gen-Y during the call, Bea will alos offer a Q&A session so you have a chance to talk with Bea one-on-one to get your Gen-Y questions answered.




Secrets To Leading Gen-Y in the Workplace


Bea Fields, President of Bea Fields Companies, Inc.

Tom Heck, IATF President & Founder


Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60 minutes


Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!


The recording of this TeleSeminar is archived in the IATF Members Only Area.


CLICK HERE to register (it's free).  Registration is closed.

Top 10 leadership traits Gen-Y want in their leaders at work

My friend Bea Fields and her colleagues at surveyed 320 Generation Y careerists (ages 21-27) about leadership.  Read about the survey HERE.

One of the questions asked:

What leadership traits are you most looking for in the leaders in your workplace?

Here are the top 10 responses:

1: Honesty
2: The ability to inspire
3: Integrity
4: Competence
5: Humility
6: Fairness
7: Respect
8: Visionary
9: Concern and care for employees
10: The ability to truly listen

The question you should be asking yourself is "Do my current leaders measure up?"  If you answered with anything other than a resounding "YES!" then your business is at risk.

Are you ready to upgrade to a new type of leadership that's in complete alignment with the top 10 list?  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Chef tries to manage Gen-Y with fear and intimidation and fails - shares lessons

David_adjey Toxic bosses beware!  Gen-Y won't put up with you.

David Adjey used to be a toxic boss who would fire people for rolling their eyes at him.  He claims he ruled the kitchen through the use of fear and intimidation and it worked!  Until Gen-Y came on the scene.

Adjey is a world famous chef known for his recurring appearances as "chef-to-the-rescue" on the Food Network's Restaurant Makeover.

“I couldn't figure these kids out,” Adjey says about Gen-Y.  “They weren't listening to me.”

All the old rules of management had to be thrown out the window. And Adjey, at the top of his game as a chef, a TV star and an author, had to reinvent himself as a boss.

Adjey stopped using a traditional model of leadership (fear, intimidation, my way or the highway, etc.) and upgraded to a new, more dynamic model of leadership based on coaching skills.  Staff turnover dropped and morale went through the roof.

Before upgrading to this new leadership style, Adjey says "I had cooks quit on me because I wouldn't serve fair trade coffee at my restaurant!"

“These kids are the smartest generation that has ever worked for me. They are thinking about the world around them and how they can positively influence their environment.”

If you're ready to upgrade your leadership style so you can lead Gen-Y more effectively then enroll in the Leader As Coach Fast Track Program

Managing Gen-Y: Price Waterhouse Coopers recognizes the challenge

PricewaterhouseCoopers is one of the worlds largest professional services firms.   PwC employs over 146,000 people and the newest hires are from Gen-Y (aka Millennial Generation).

How do you effectively lead Gen-Y?  This is the question virtually every organization in the world is asking itself right now.

PwC understand a different type of leadership skill set is required to manage this generation and they've even produced a short video clip (below) to help their managers get a grasp of what's required.

Gen-Y responds best to a style of leadership called the "Manager As Coach".  This style of leadership is very different than the "traditional" leadership model of command and control (useless with Gen-Y).  Learn how to manage using the Coach Approach in the IATF Leader As Coach Fast Track Program.

Gen-Y sings "We're all in this together!"

My 9 year old son Joseph introduced me to Disney's upbeat movie "High School Musical".

Below is a video clip of a hit song from the movie.  It's entitled "We're All In This Together".  It's a fantastic song that totally communicates the world view of Gen-Y.

Some of the lyrics:

Together, together, together everyone
Together, together, come on lets have some fun
Together, were there for each other every time
Together together come on lets do this right

Here and now its time for celebration
I finally figured it out (yeah yeah)
That all our dreams have no limitations
That's what its all about

Everyone is special in their own way
We make each other strong (each other strong)
Were not the same
Were different in a good way
Together's where we belong

We're all in this together
Once we know
That we are
We're all stars
And we see that
We're all in this together
And it shows
When we stand
Hand in hand
Make our dreams come true

If you're a manager and you supervise Gen-Y employees (team members) you're going to have to learn new skills to lead this generation.  A "traditional" command and control style of leadership is a total turn-off to this generation.

The way to effectively manage Gen-Y is to learn coaching skills.  You must become a "Coach Leader" and  you can learn how in the IATF Leader As Coach Fast Track Program

The Fourth Turning and America's Next Rendezvous With Destiny -- Teaching Millennials, Our Next Hero Generation

A year ago (June 2005) I had the great pleasure of delivering a keynote to 400 elementary school teachers in San Antonio, Texas.  Watch the entire keynote below. 

The title of my keynote was America's Next Rendezvous With Destiny -- Teaching Millennials, Our Next Hero Generation

This keynote is based on the work of Neil Howe and William Strauss who authored an amazing book entitled The Fourth Turning - What The Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous With Destiny.  I interviewed Neil Howe and have posted that interview here

The invitation to deliver this keynote came from Victor Herrera who is the director of The Center For Educational Leadership - Trinity University Basic School Center and his wife Kristy Herrera, both of whom are wonderful, caring people who have dedicated their lives to helping others.

I'm a former classroom teacher and have worked with many educators over the course of the last fifteen years so this was a huge opportunity for me.  And 400 teachers?!  Had you interviewed my elementary and middle school teachers back in the day, I seriously doubt any would have pictured me delivering a keynote at a teacher convention!  It was the standing ovation at the end that really touched me and helped me, once again, realize the work I love to do and the ideas I want to share really do touch people's lives.

My keynote was video taped by the North East Independent School District Media Production Dept (thank you guys!)