The Biggest Mistake HR Professionals Make about Millennials

Imagine being a HR professional in a corporation, and you hear the following comments from some of your executives:

  • “Well, isn’t Connie Asian? Maybe she can understand what these stats mean.”
  • “Of course he’s nice. He’s from Canada.”
  • “Don’t bother showing Jack that app. He’s old school and doesn’t get technology. Besides, he’s about to retire.”
  • Janet gets emotional when she disagrees with the men on the team. Why can’t she be more like them?”
  • “Like most men, our CEO is thickheaded when he believes that he knows the solution.”

From a HR perspective, such comments are stereotypes of race, age, gender, and nationality. To protect their organizations, HR professionals try to prevent such talk in the workplace, raise awareness about why stereotype talk is harmful, and even discipline employees when such talk becomes pervasive. Continue reading The Biggest Mistake HR Professionals Make about Millennials

Heroship and Leaving a Legacy aren’t Part of Leadership

This is an excerpt from Chapter 3: Revealing Traditional Leadership and Assumptions in Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership: A Guide for Inspiring Creativity, Innovation, and Engagement. For this format, some minor editing was necessary.

Imagine the following American cinematic experience: During the 19th century, you’re watching just about any western taking place somewhere in a small town. Here, heroes save towns from outlaws. Not even the local government and sheriffs could protect the town in the same way that these heroes could. Continue reading Heroship and Leaving a Legacy aren’t Part of Leadership

Being Vulnerable and Getting to Know Others Builds Trust

This is an excerpt from Chapter 4: Explaining 21st Century Leadership Principles and Beliefs in Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership: A Guide for Inspiring Creativity, Innovation, and Engagement. For this format, some minor editing was necessary.

In Leaders Eat Last (page 154), Simon Sinek explains that building trust only requires being truthful. This includes:

  • Acknowledging mistakes rather than ignoring or downplaying them.
  • Crediting others for their contributions rather than taking credit unfairly.
  • Admitting when things are going wrong such as knowing that a project is behind schedule and letting others know as well as explaining why.

Continue reading Being Vulnerable and Getting to Know Others Builds Trust