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Leaders Of Tomorrow Or Today? How Millennial Leadership Development Is Preparing For Your Job

  Millennials are the leaders of tomorrow. But I don't mean tomorrow as in the distant future, I mean tomorrow as in the near, near future. That is, just about to happen, here and now. Millennial leadership development is preparing for high level roles, as we speak. Millennials are not necessarily new to the workforce anymore. The top range of the millennial generation are now in their late thirties. These people have done their time in entry level positions and are now reaching high levels of expertise. You know what that means? Your company may soon be run entirely by members of the millennial generation. Boomers play a huge role here, too. As the silver tsunami hits, there's going to be a lot of space left open at the top. And with a huge population of millennials having worked tirelessly to receive a promotion and to climb the corporate ladder, now ...

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Let’s Stop Calling Female Leaders Cold and Aloof

“I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk.” Humans of New York’s recent post quoting Hillary Clinton has gone viral. While there is many a takeaway from the post, one that I found particularly relevant was the idea that successful women are often perceived as emotionless or cold. Women in the workforce often toe a line - if they appear too assertive and strong they’re seen as heartless, if they are too emotional or empathetic, they’re seen as weak. It is impossible to ignore the perception disparities between men and women with strong leadership qualities. One of the reasons for these perceptions is that we are accustomed to certain traits belonging to certain genders. An article from Psychology ...

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Millennials Talk Back: Responding to the Research

Plenty of time, money, and effort has been dedicated to understanding the millennial mind: what millennials want, how millennials best function, the things millennials value most. But most of the time, the research on millennials is missing some important information - the actual voices of the people in question. Often when reading or talking about research on millennials, especially in the workforce, they become a generic population, generalized and amorphous. Their traits are categorized, and their wants and needs simplified. But, at Careerminds, we put it upon ourselves to listen to the individual needs and concerns of people rather than treat them as one of a group. So, rather than overgeneralizing, we asked our millennial participants and followers to voice their individual opinions. As part of Careerminds’ social media outreach effort, over the past few months we have conducted Millennial Polls on ...

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For The Gold And The Glory… Not The Paycheck

Surely the likes of bike racer Kristen Armstrong, weight lifter Sarah Robles, boxer Shakur Stevenson and long jump winner Jeff Henderson must be celebrating their Olympic gold medals in style… they’ve earned glory, fame, plenty of TV air time and of course big fat checks.  Not quite. In reality, very few Olympiads are running to the bank.  But one of the personality strengths these great athletes are showing the world is tremendous self-motivation - even when their gold doesn’t translate into dollar signs. In the business world, we spend a lot of time strategizing around salaries, salary structures, negotiations, bonuses and what work and accomplishments render financial bonuses.  Of course this is important (that’s how we pay the rent), but look at the majority of Olympiads who over these last weeks competed and played their hearts out. A Forbes Magazine article in 2012 reported ...

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LeBron’s Leadership Lessons

See if you can go through this entire day without making or hearing at least one sports analogy.  Think: he goes the whole nine yards; that’s a home run; they dropped the ball; and life’s a marathon not a sprint. So let’s take a look at LeBron James, one of this year’s most successful athletes who displayed outstanding leadership skills bringing an NBA Championship to Cleveland. First, James has vision which may be the most important trait of an effective leader.  James returned to the Cavaliers intent on bringing a championship to Cleveland.  By his belief that this could be accomplished, his teammates could see an historic winning season as a possibility too.  LeBron knows winning, right?  His vision instilled confidence that the Cavs could make that vision a reality. Before the season, James gathered his teammates and told each player what he ...

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