Understanding Gen Z: They Are Not Young Millennials

If you haven’t noticed, Gen Z has arrived and they need some understanding! They are the “newest” generation to enter the workplace and are soon to pass Millennials as the largest generation with 1/3 of the world’s population. In the U.S., Gen Z accounts for more than 25% of the people and is the most diverse generation in history.

Now Gen Z is making its presence known in the workplace. Gen Z members were born between 1997 and 2015, and they have never known a world without the internet and most smartphones. Many Gen Z children often played with their parents’ and grandparents’ smartphones or tablets and got their first phones around the age of 10. They have grown up in a hyper-connected world, and the smartphone is their preferred method of communication. On average, they spend 3 hours a day on their mobile devices. Gen Z chooses to be entertained more on YouTube or TikTok than on any other social media platform.

For the past decade, the workplace and marketplace focused on understanding and adapting to Millennials (1981-1996). Millennials changed the world of work while inspiring, sometimes heated conversations about generational differences across the globe. Millennials helped drive flexibility, collaboration, purpose, and new leadership styles in the workplace significantly—and now it’s essential to understand the differences.

Optimistic Millennials – Pragmatic Gen Z

Optimistic Millennials grew up during the 1990 economic boom. Like their self-esteem building Baby Boomer parents, they see the world through a bright lens. Baby Boomer parents wanted to make their children’s lives more comfortable and better. As a result, Millennials are seen as entitled and overly sensitive, wanting a trophy for just showing up and occupying space.

On the other hand, Gen Zers grew up amid the Great Recession. Thanks to their tough-loving, skeptical Gen X parents, they view the world with a pragmatic, independent, survival mode lens. Also, Gen Z witnessed Millennials struggling to pay back their college student loans. Gen Z took notice, and they are earners and savers.

Collaborative Millennials – Competitive Gen Z

When Millennials were in their formative years of learning, the Boomer mantra “Teamwork makes the Dream Work” prevailed. Boomers held collaboration held to the highest standard. Collective group projects and after school team sports were the norm in schools. In the workplace, Millennials have a more collaborative mindset, with everyone pitching in and working together

In contrast, Gen Z likes to win! Raised by their Gen X parents, they learned the mantra, “In life, there are winners and losers, and if you don’t win, you lose!” Their competitive nature applies to almost everything, from sports to school-work. Additionally, Gen Z lives in an increasingly competitive educational environment. Technology allows for online grading portals, which give frequent updates on the Gen Z student’s academic performance. In the past, students sometimes had to wait weeks or longer to receive a test grade. Now, they get frustrated if they can’t access their scores within hours of finishing an exam—and often, so do the parents.

It is not surprising that 72% of Gen Z said they are competitive with those doing the same job in the workplace. This generation is highly independent and wants to be evaluated on its own merits, not their team members. That said, they prefer individual tasks over team tasks.

Work-Life Balance – Human Rights, Equity and Diversity

Gen X tried to attain a work-life balance, but the big push to end the traditional 9 to 5 workplace came from the Millennial. Millennials are not motivated by working hard for 40 years or more and then retiring to enjoy life. They are inspired by the idea of blending their work life and their personal life. Millennials want a healthy mix of time, achieving professional goals, and time pursuing personal goals.

Gen Z also wants work-life balance, but their broader focus is on issues that affect them, their communities, and their future. They care about human rights, equality, and diversity in their workplace. In a recent survey, 83% of Gen Z said that a company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential when choosing an employer.

Millennials Seek Work Fulfillment – Gen Z’s Financial Focus

Millennials are known as the purpose-driven generation seeking jobs that offer a strong sense of meaning and not just a paycheck. Older Millennials were entering the workplace near the time of the Great Recession. Many could not find work, so they went back to school or spent a few years volunteering and learning. And yes, many had to move back in with their parents. All that said, Millennials were all about finding meaning in their jobs and making the world a better place. Although the Great Recession impacted many Millennials, this generation rated having meaning and purpose in their work over perks and income. They successfully brought purpose to the forefront of today’s business culture.

The Great Recession had a significant effect on Gen Z too. Gen Z was old enough to see their parents lose jobs and struggle as the economy crashed. This generation remembers the tough times, and they are very frugal with their money. They look for bargains, shop in thrift stores, and they are savers. A new report out states that Gen Z adults between the ages of 18 and 21 prioritize making money and having a successful career. Those two goals are more important to them than having close friendships, getting married, or traveling. Sure, they want to make a difference, but surviving and thriving take priority. Right now, compensation overrides workplace satisfaction and engagement. Money is the key driver, along with healthcare benefits and other perks.

During this pandemic, smart companies incorporate financial education in their online tools for their employees to access. Money is top of mind for this generation and possible for all the others too. Gen Z’s concerns deal with the bottom line: Are they making enough? Saving enough? Can they pay back their college loans? Will they ever have enough money to buy a car? Or a house? Gen Z is turning out to be a generation of savers.

Keep your eye on Gen Z. The world is changing. COVID-19 is reshaping our social, political, and economic landscape. Gen Z, along with the rest of us, is facing an uncertain world. Pew Research reports that Gen Zers have been hit hard during this coronavirus crisis. Their behaviors and perspective may change. Stay tuned.

Karen McCullough, CSP, CVP  is an Award-winning High Energy Keynote Speaker expert on Change, Generations in the Workplace, and Branding; both Onstage and Virtually! She inspires and empowers organizations and individuals to evolve, grow, and realize their true potential for excellence. Participants will acquire tools to help them create an environment of multi-generational trust, collaboration, productivity, and innovation. Tapping into the knowledge and strengths of your multigenerational team will give you “The Generational Advantage!”. To hire Karen for Your next Event click here: https://bit.ly/3okRdYF

RAUD BUSTING: THE MILLION DOLLAR ONLINE DATING FRAUD WITH DEBBY MONTGOMERY

Debby Montgomery fell in love online and ended up losing over $1,000,000. Watch to find out how it happened, how the fraud was revealed and what she’s doing to help others avoid the same fate.

TIME Magazine has named Traci Brown one of the country’s Top Deception Detection Experts. And She’s currently ranked the #9 Body Language Expert in the World by GlobalGurus.com. During these times we are going through it is even more important to detect lies and fraud that come into our home. Traci shares simple ways to protect yourself while we are all social distancing and working and living from home! Traci is available for your virtual and futures events. Book Traci today: https://bit.ly/33WGoDL

How to Maximize Your Potential in the New Year

How was your year? Are you looking for change in the new year? Here’s one super simple tip to find more fulfillment in your life. I’ll give you a hint: it’s about maximizing your mornings.

Randy Fox is a Professional Speaker, Leadership expert, Best-selling Author, and NCAA basketball official who inspires organizations and individuals as they seek to maximize their potential and performance. It is all about people with Randy, who brings ultra-high energy to the stage, or on virtual with his undeniable passion for people, and an engaging approach to motivating and inspiring others to achieve great results. To book him for your next event contact 888-766-3155 today!

The Power Of TRUST

What makes a company great? Its CULTURE.
What makes a great corporate culture? LEADERSHIP.
What makes a great Leader? TRUST.

If you want to hit that trifecta, great company, corporate culture and leader, then you need to delve deeper into the word TRUST. I can’t tell you how many leaders I’ve known, who were extremely talented, but needlessly lost the TRUST of employees for preventable reasons.   They chose “not” to adhere to the rules they asked others to play by.  They asked others to make sacrifices they weren’t willing to make themselves.

Nobel Prize winning psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, found that people would rather do business with (and employees will follow) a person they trust. Trust is a confident belief in a person, product or organization. Trust is confidence in the honesty, integrity, ability and character of a person. Former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch, once said, “Leadership is about two things – Trust & Trust.” In our quest to stay up with the latest and greatest management fad, I feel we are losing sight of the most important ingredient in making a company successful, TRUST. Employees want to work for leaders who are trustworthy, reliable, responsible, considerate and consistent.

One of the phrases being used a lot in corporate America today, is having employees who are “fully engaged” in their job. Why is it important to have “fully engaged” employees? According to a Towers Watson Global Workplace Study, companies with “fully engaged” employees “had operating margins almost three times those of organizations with a largely disengaged workforce.” That is an impressive number. But an alarming statistic the study uncovered is that only 21% of employees are “fully engaged.” OUCH!

Another scary statistic is employees are also four times more likely to leave an organization because of lack of appreciation and TRUST so, leaders need to have an “attitude of gratitude”. Look for ways to compliment and recognize employees for a job well done. TRUST thrives in this type of environment. Create a “Corporate Culture” that influences the level of TRUST for all employees.

Here is a simple acrostic that I feel identifies several necessary characteristics any leader needs to possess if they have any intention of creating TRUST.

T  Transparent
R  Reasonable
U  Understanding
S  Supportive
T  Thoughtful

You need to understand that every action you take will either increase or decrease the level of TRUST employees have. Marketing guru, Seth Godin, who has also authored 19 international best-selling books, addressed the importance of TRUST this way; “Earn TRUST, then worry about the rest.” Employees have learned not to TRUST words, they TRUST actions.

Great leaders think beyond themselves. They have found that employees put TRUST in those who truly care about them. What have you done to gain the TRUST of your employees? What actions have you taken recently, that proves your involvement in their success?

YOU DON’T DEMAND TRUST – YOU EARN IT

Robert Stevenson is one the most widely sought after professional speakers today. He understands what it takes to succeed. His ability to connect with an audience is amazing; be it a strategic planning session for a Fortune 500 company to 20,000 salespeople at a virtual conference event, he excels at blending humor, facts, inspiration, conviction and audience participation. With now over 29,000 followers on LinkedIn, Robert makes a big effort to share something every day that will help people succeed on either a personal or business basis. To Book Robert Stevenson for your next Virtual or Hybrid Event call today: 888-766-3155 or visit https://bit.ly/3mTwU3N

Link Up Your Marketing – Build your LinkedIn Network with Local Networking Groups

Link Up Your Marketing – Build your LinkedIn network with local networking groups

Ready for some simple, actionable LinkedIn marketing strategies? Tune in!

Today is a “build your LinkedIn Network tip! I’m going to show you how to leverage your local networking groups.

Karen Yankovich shows audiences how to turn their passion into prosperity.  She delivers high-level, high impact, high energy keynotes, presentations and workshops for audiences looking to increase profitability and uplevel their businesses. Want some help? Join the LinkedUp Revolution and get 21 days FREE of in depth Linkedin training!  To hire Karen for Your next Event click here:  Karen Yankovich

NONPROFITS MUST RECOGNIZE REALITY

It’s time nonprofits come to grips with the present-day situation. We’re in a pandemic and there is economic stress. The circumstances nonprofits have been thrust into don’t have a clear end in sight and the challenges faced are likely to have long-lasting impact.

I write this not as a pessimist but as a pragmatic.

There are nonprofits not willing to accept the reality we’re in. Some have a mindset this is a short term crisis and business as usual will resume soon. Some are paralyzed by the uncertainty. Others appear set on continuing their same practices as if they’re oblivious to what’s happening around them.

Acknowledging the problem doesn’t mean adopting a defeatist attitude. It means recognizing this is a new time that will require new approaches to keep your mission moving forward.

Consider critical conversations with your staff and board to identify what matters most now and devote your attention to make that happen.

Rather than expending energy attempting to make where you were pre-COVID fit into where you are, focus on what’s in front of you right now. With the unknown exacerbated by rapidly changing conditions, long term planning may be defined in weeks rather than months or years.

Find ways to be creative, take advantage of available resources, pursue opportunities for collaboration, and make sure your messaging is appropriate.

The realist says we are where we are, understands where that is, and rallies their team around a positive direction that considers existing limitations.

As a nonprofit leader stay positive, keep working, and be safe.

Speaker and Author, Hardy Smith works with nonprofits and associations who want an ongoing culture of performance. A master storyteller, organizations across America have benefitted from Hardy’s extensive career in the world of Nascar racing. His involvement with nonprofits, volunteer and community based groups nationwide has earned him the title of: “The Guru of Nonprofits!” Hardy offers: Keynotes, Seminars, Workshops, Leadership Retreats, and Strategic Planning Sessions! Book Hardy today: https://bit.ly/2ZFALqb

The Promise of a New Year

Let’s not waste the opportunity to:

  • Think bigger
  • Help gratefully
  • Encourage sincerely
  • Compliment
  • Act mindfully
  • Serve happily
  • Lead decisively
  • Plan courageously
  • React kindly
  • Articulate clearly

People love the new year for the sense of renewal and a fresh start.

Think about how to make the most of your time, talents, and resources.  What will make the most sense for you, increases your happiness factor, and focus on where you want to be in a year?

It is important that we know what we want more of, as well as what we want less of. 

Maybe you want a promotion? More money, power, prestige, and influence. 
Maybe you want a demotion? More free time, decreased stress, and less responsibility.
Maybe you want deeper friendships, better relationships, and more community involvement?
Maybe you want fewer complications?

Think about what gives you satisfaction, joy, and provides value to your sense of purpose. 

Then make a P.R.O.M.I.S.E. to yourself to enthusiastically pursue those aspects that are the most meaningful,  most productive, and most important to you.

P. Plan courageously.

Want to take a vacation? Buy the tickets now and block the dates on your calendar before the year gets booked up. Want to acquire another company? Make the offer.  You can secure the funding later.  Ready to move across country?  Start packing now.  Put the house on the market.  Start job hunting. 

Assume that you will succeed when you take the necessary steps.  Be confident that you can handle the setbacks. 

Many people say they have a dream, but they don’t achieve those dreams because they allow the dream to dissolve without forming it into a plan. 

Take the idea and craft it into a plan.

R. React properly.

It is easy to overreact to bad news or the impact that an external shock might have on your business. React properly. Assess the situation for what it is.  Implement the right response quickly.  

O. Offer gratefully.

If you make an offer, do it with intention and gratitude. If you are in a business relationship and you feel you are getting taken advantage of, chalk it up to a lesson learned and move on.

A colleague was bemoaning that she had to redo her entire contract because one customer managed to work around some of the legal language to get more services than my friend understood she should provide.  My response was: “So what? Provide the services and move on.” 

Don’t let one negative encounter sour your relationship with your well-intentioned clients.  Don’t assume they were trying to take advantage of you.  

Every time I shop at a big box store, the ones where you have to show your sales receipt on the way out of the building, I wonder, “What prompted them to hire people to stand at the doors and check receipts?  Was there a parade of shoppers racing for the doors with carts full of rotisserie chickens, dog food, and muffins?” 

I wonder about the opportunity costs of hiring all of those people over decades to check receipts, and the additional time it takes for people to leave the store because of this process.  Were there that many people stealing the 64 packs of toilet paper?

Make the offer.  Be grateful for the people you get to work with.  Assume that people are mostly good. 

M. Motivate individually.

People are individuals, not a demographic. While our brains like to categorize people into boxes to make it easier for our brains to make sense of the data, it is a lazy way to respond.  People are different and they need different responses from us.   The danger is that we might think everyone in a certain category automatically shares specific traits so they receive the same response.  Appreciate and motivate individuals based on what matters to them as individuals, not according to their demographic profile.  

I. Imagine outrageously.

What would we do if we knew we couldn’t fail? What could we do if we thought big, like, really big? Where would our careers go? What would our business be like? Who do we admire? How did they think bigger?  Contemplate others who are big thinkers.  How can we think without constraints?  Imagine thinking crazy big thoughts.  

S. Strategize mindfully. It is easy to fall into the trap of “What did we do last year? Let’s do more of that next year (especially if it worked).“ That breeds status quo.  Great strategists look first at the changing needs of the markets and future trends, and then they ask, “How can I serve that market with what I know?  How am I different from everyone else in the market?  What makes me and my product offerings better?  What problem am I solving? What needs am I addressing?  What am I improving?”

Then, they craft the solution to the market needs.

E. Encourage sincerity.  People need genuine encouragement.  People need to know they are valued appreciated, and respected.  People have to be encouraged in a way that matters to them.  Leaders need to help the people around them stay focused, positive, motivated to do what they do. 

This year, let’s make a P.R.O.M.I.S.E. to stay motivated and inspired, while helping those around us do the same.

Mary Kelly, PhD, CSP, CPAE, CVP, CDR, US Navy (ret) What do all of these designations mean to you? Mary Kelly has EXPERIENCE and it’s this experience that your executives and your audience must learn to change the way they thrive in work and in life. Of all her titles, Mary’s favorite is teacher and after an outstanding career, she is focused on teaching professionals to navigate the economy, build their business, be a true leader and get more done.  Add inspiration, grace and a few hilarious stories and you have yourself one unforgettable keynote speaker, whether Virtual or Onstage! Mary just recently was named as one of the Top Keynote Speakers of 2020 by Top World Sales Inc, and her new Best-seller, “Who Comes Next?: Leadership Planning Made Easy” was awarded the Gold Winner Book Award for Non-fiction. To Book Mary Kelly for your next Virtual, Onstage, or Hybrid Event Call today at 888-766-3155 or visit https://bit.ly/3n1KYIM

A Christmas Story To Warm Your Heart Like A Hallmark Movie!

Kelly Swanson, is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, motivational speaker,  and author of Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale, The Land of If Only, The Story Formula, and The Gutsy Girls Pocket Guide to Public Speaking. In addition to her role as a funny motivational speaker; Kelly teaches people how she does it by sharing what she has learned about connecting and engaging to have more influence in business, through the use of one tool – strategic storytelling. To book Kelly Swanson for your next Virtual, Onstage or Hybrid event call 888-766-3155 or visit: https://bit.ly/3pcR4Y3.

What Are You Thankful For?

The year of 2020 will be remembered not for what we lost, but for what we gained in knowing truly what we are thankful and grateful for! We have been through many trials and tests, with still more to come, but we have shown we can still be thankful in the midst of our circumstances and help others do the same.

What are you thankful for as we approach this Thanksgiving Day 2020? I look back on our history, when 400 years ago in 1620 the Pilgrims, who chose to come to this land, and faced many hardships, including the loss of lives. Yet , they still wanted to be thankful to the God of all creation, and reached out to others to celebrate the beauty and harvest of this new land.

Little did they know when they recorded the 200 words of the Mayflower Compact on their ship before they landed at Plymouth Rock, that it would be the foundation of our country as we know it today. A lot has happened since then, but we can still stand for the truth that we believe in and celebrate the blessings of our individual lives.

Today I celebrate and am thankful for the many blessings that I have received in this great land called The United States of America. I am thankful for the freedom of choice in serving God, a wonderful family, amazing health, those who fought and continue to fight for my freedoms, being in the workplace for over 50 years doing the work I love, with the most Remarkable team and clients, being supported by our Prayer Partners, and the many friends we have all over the world.

I don’t take lightly the freedom that has been fought for and won, nor the challenges of today. But I face the tomorrows to come with pursuing joy, peace, and contentment; knowing that our God is still in control and His principles will prevail no matter what comes!

Today I ask you, What Are You Thankful For? Share it with others and surround yourself with those who are thankful and grateful to be living in such a great country, America, home of the brave and the free.

Sue Falcone is the Founder and CEO of Remarkable! A Speakers Bureau. Spending a good part of her career as a corporate executive, and then as a Professional Speaker and Best-selling Author, Sue knows first-hand how difficult it is to plan and facilitate any event. Hiring the perfect speaker or musical entertainer for an event, meeting or conference can be a very stressful process. Sue is passionate about her work and dedicated to bringing customized, personalized and highly detailed services to her clients. Contact Sue today at 888-766-3155 to help you get started in creating a Remarkable Experience from beginning and beyond!   

HOW HEALTHY ARE YOU?

HOW HEALTHY ARE YOU? … and I’m not talking about COVID-19.

Yes, physical health matters, but there is so much more to being truly healthy.

It can be pretty easy in a year of pandemic to drill down “health” to not getting COVID-19. But, how are you doing mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and so on?

Watch this quick video for some challenging questions and to be inspired to pursue real health.