Millennials are now the majority of the workforce in America, and many sectors of society are grappling with the dramatic generational differences young people are bringing into our workplaces, teams and communities. The topics below are designed to inform and equip you and your team for the changes Millennials and Generation Z are bringing to our society and your setting.
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Understanding, Training and Leading Millennials and Generation Z in the Military
This seminar provides an overview of the core characteristics, needs and desires of the Millennial generation (ages 23-37), and a look ahead at Generation Z (ages 7-22). It delves into the societal, educational, and technological trends that have significantly influenced these cohorts. Differences in learning styles, work ethic, communication expectations, and measurements of success often result in frustration and misunderstanding on inter-generational teams. We will look at key strategies for effectively engaging those we are training and working with across generations. Millennials, who have now surpassed Baby Boomers as the majority of the workforce in America, also bring new perspectives on leadership. We will conclude with a look at inter-generational leadership, with unique implications for the military context.
Defining Ethics for a New Generation
Many young people today have a different list of priorities than older generations. The worldview of Millennials and Gen Z is based in significant cultural changes that often present truth as doing what seems right in specific contexts and respecting the truths of others as valid, even if they differ from one’s own. An increased emphasis on being part of a community and team, being viewed as respectful and accepting of others, and avoiding offending or disappointing, often results in fluid ethical standards. Cheating on a test may be justified to please one’s parents or get a desired scholarship. Misrepresenting information may be seen as protecting colleagues or stakeholders. Does the definition of ethics need to be reexamined in light of new philosophies and changing worldviews? How should ethics be defined for a new generation of leaders?
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Understanding and Engaging Millennial and Gen Z Employees
Millennials (age 23-37) now represent a majority of the workforce in America. They bring with them unique expectations, perspectives and needs. Often differences in work ethic, communication styles, and vision on inter-generational teams result in frustration or miscommunication. This can result in low job satisfaction and retention of young employees. Generation Z (age 7-22) is just beginning to enter the workforce. While sharing some values with Millennials, this cohort is demonstrating some uniquely different traits and expectations. This workshop provides valuable insights into generational trends and differences, and strategic tools to help you engage and empower the Millennials, and welcome Generation Z to your team!
Building a Team (The Kind People Don’t Want to Leave!)
We have all been there...doing something we love, but feeling miserable with relationships and team dynamics around us. This workshop discusses the foundation of a healthy team as well as normal stages of developing on any team. How does a leader navigate these factors and develop a team that not only enjoys working together, but makes things happen? This session will discuss practical strategies for any team context!
Maximizing Inter-generational Teams
With great potential for creativity and growth, inter-generational teams also produce frustration and misunderstanding as differing worldviews, work habits, and employee expectations collide. Millennials (age 22-37) now represent a large percentage of individuals on work teams and bring with them unique skills, perspectives and needs. Often differences on inter-generational teams result in poor employee satisfaction and retention. This workshop provides valuable insights into generational differences, and strategic tools to help leaders retain, engage and empower employees of all ages!