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Over the past few weeks i’ve been learning a lot more about the millennial generation (gen-y)

“…which means they’ll quit their job if you don’t treat them right.”

Over the past few weeks I’ve been learning a lot more about the Millennial Generation (Gen-Y). This is the generation after Generation X, and they seem to be quite the opposite. Where the Gen X group is highly independent, even off-standish, the millennial group is all about social interaction and keeping their options open. They bond through virtual and real interactions with each other on a much greater level than most of the generation before them (just think Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc).

At a recent USC Networking Day event Morley Winograd told us the Millennials are a clever group. They tend to be confident, even self-centered, and possess a great drive for achievement. In a work environment, decisions require consensus and they want to be recognized for their abilities. They also know that they can get that recognition in other places, which means they’ll quit their job if you don’t treat them right. So how do you lead such a group?

If your form of leadership is to dictate and hold people accountable to their job description, you may find that the Millennials don’t want to work for you. They prefer an open structure in order to come and go as they please, work the hours that they want to work, socialize with their friends, peers and colleagues, and keep running their busy personal lives while they’re on the job. This may sound like a cushy job to most of us but to the Millennials their job and their personal lives are the same thing.

Given that I practice servant leadership, I’m a bit biased as to why this form of leadership is ideal for the millennial group (not to mention that it has been working for the past four years). While plenty of forms of leadership exist, most leaders demonstrate hard and fast rules for how things must be done. The main premise of servant leadership is to empower others to do their best work, which is exactly what this new generation wants. Here’s the trick: when you empower somebody to do their best work that means letting them do their job in the most effective manner for them.

With the Millennials that are on my team I have found that by giving them a lot of freedom I get a lot of results. It truly doesn’t matter to me what time of day they work as long as the work gets done. Instead of demanding a 9 to 5 work schedule and only getting the minimum number of hours out of my team, they typically work harder out of their own free will and ambition. If I were to use any other form of leadership and dictate how they work I wouldn’t be tapping into their true potential.

Another reason servant leadership is a strong fit for the millennial group is because they prefer to make decisions by consensus. As a leader you always have the ability and right to make final decisions. As a servant leader, you empower your team to make the decision with your guidance and oversight. If your team is made up of Millennials then you’ll be giving them exactly what they want while leveraging their strong sense of social responsibility. Your only challenge then is to make sure their decisions are sound and match your vision.

Do you have Millennials on your team? Let me know how you are working with them, to realize your entire company’s full potential.

Thanks for reading,

Richard Walker                                                                                                                        (CEO/President of Quikforms)




The slowing economy is taking a toll on businesses

The slowing economy is taking a toll on businesses. Today’s businesses can survive in this recession only when companies implement a clear, focused recession-proof strategy.

Proven management fundamentals and leadership development programs are critical when implementing recession proof effective leadership strategies for business sustainability.

Key leadership essentials

Employees feel unsure about their financial future during a recession. As a manager or supervisor, your leadership in recession period is critical for keeping your employees on track and moving forward. Consider the following as the essentials of leadership in a recession:

1. Be curious: Recession is not the time to stop bringing new ideas to the table. One of these ideas could change everything.

2. Positive attitude: Keep the idea of hope and future prospects in every message to your employees so that productivity doesn’t suffer.

3. Communication: Effectively communicate the hard facts with your employees.

4. No false promises: Your employees want to know where they stand. If you can’t give your employees positive news, avoid the surprises by sticking with the truth.

5. No gossip: Stick to facts and rise above the urge to gossip. Your employees need a good example to follow.

Especially when the economy is uncertain, companies need to invest in their leadership. Not only does great leadership ensure survival, but it guarantees a stronger company when the recession is over.

Turn this recession in to an opportunity to regroup, rethink, rework and recommit. Have a positive attitude, translate your thoughts into actions, and build long-term relationships for your sustainability today and your success tomorrow.

This is a model custom essay writing on servant leadership

This is a model custom essay writing on Servant Leadership

Many would agree to the statement, “to lead is to serve”. It was well said by Rabindranath Tagore, that serving is synonymous with enjoying. To put it in other words, serving is the best means of creating a channel of compatibility with another person. Serving the person is the best way to gain trust from him and thus lead him. This very idea has led to the concept of Servant Leadership.

The concept of servant leadership finds its origin in the Bible. The Bible says that the servant leaders first anchor themselves in service to God and stand ready to serve and lead others. It is the desire to enrich and enhance the lives of those being led through unselfish servanthood. It stands against the styles like, authoritarian, top-down, and command and control styles of leadership.

Servant leadership demands those qualities in a leader that are absent in most of the other styles of leadership. Listening forms one of the most crucial tenets of servant leader. To actively listen is to convey, with body, face, eyes, posture, gestures, that one is really interested in hearing what someone is saying. Research has shown that many people when engaged in dialog, listen inattentively to others and spend time in rehearsing what they wish to say. Such a tendency defeats the purpose of being a servant leader.

The servant leader must be able to put himself in the follower’s shoes; be empathetic towards the followers. Empathy is a key trait of servant leaders. Without empathy, one can’t build trust. And without trust, one will never be able to get the best effort from his employees. Empathy can be shown by persuasion. The leader who influences by persuasion need not tell the follower what to do. The leader acknowledges his dependency on the follower. Although a manager may have the authority to carry out certain actions without consulting subordinates, it is probably more effective to include them as it gives them the opportunity to express their opinions. By actively soliciting agreement a leader makes a strong appeal to the follower’s esteem.

One of the key elements of the servant leaders is thinking beyond day-to-day realities and communicating the same to the followers. This demands expertise to conceptualize and communicate the problems to the followers effectively.

The five C’s of effective communication:

  • Collect
  • Comprehend
  • Categorize
  • Convey
  • Convince

Every leader must specialize in the process of communication. The first task is to collect the information that is to be communicated. Here the leader should avoid the redundancy and the obsolete factors that dampen the crisp in communication.

After collecting the appropriate data, he needs to comprehend the same. This needs understanding the finesse of the issue/data in order to communicate the same to the members effectively. The leader should understand the fact that level at which he delivers the message may not be same at which the employers receive it. With the changing times, there is a need for change in leadership style as well. Corporate and the social organizations have realized the importance of servant leadership and it is proving to be a successful style of leadership.

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Obama’s inauguration day poems



Will we battle terrorism as it should be fought
Or run away and let evil doers chase us to our door?
Will we protect our freedom and system of life
As our fathers and grandfathers sacrificed before?

Will we secure our borders against illegal entry
Or let our economy and security be destroyed?
Will we finally stop runaway wasteful spending
By leaders who are self-serving and void?

Will we continue to pledge our help to the less fortunate
Who suffer from war, hunger and disease?
Will we preserve our heritage and our future
From those who wish to bring liberty to its knees?

Never be afraid to be proud of America
And march with the thankful, honorable and just.
Never surrender our freedom of choice
Standing firm for what we believe and trust.

Sometimes it’s hard to protect what is right
Sometimes we’re scorned as for others we fight.
Some of us are willing regardless of loss
To commit our soul to save the cross.

Evil prospers on greed and human hate
Always eager to destroy and defecate.
God’s grace descends on the souls of man
Cleansing the impure wherever He can.

As long as man has struggled on earth
Life has had its troubles from birth.
God’s seed of goodness has delayed man’s demise
Thank Heaven for his heroes the strong and the wise.

The Lord adores his heroes of yesterday
Just how numerous, only He could say.
God loves his soldiers who line up to serve
By standing against evil His grace they deserve.

God Bless America


There are two worlds, this one and the next
Man’s is deceptive, temporary and full of blame.
God’s is permanent, loving, truthful and complete
Free of hate, lust, war, greed and shame.

Our bodies belong to this world and die
Our souls come from God’s and return.
Virtue is knowledge of what is right or wrong
As the lessons of lifetime we learn.

Humans are disorderly, wasteful and corrupt
All are guilty of the ignorance of sin.
The worst crimes practiced on Earth today
Are the sadistic deeds committed by men.

History persist but nothing has changed
The world we live in is more dangerous than before.
Most people never know the true facts or answers
They just follow the leaders they fear or adore.

The falsehoods of politics shadow man’s soul
Testing our faith, temperament and resolve.
Real heroes defend, liberate and unite
Facing problems with a mandate to solve.

President Obama I pray for your wisdom
To deal with America’s troubles and enemies at hand.
Man’s world is God’s boot camp of divine worth
As the misdeeds of man crisscross the land.

By President’s Poet
Tom Zart
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