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More on millennials in the workplace

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Dec 22, 2016 1:16:00 PM

We recently hosted a conversation on millennials in the manufacturing workplace and posted the notes from those proceedings here. It sparked some significant response and a wide amplification across a variety of market sectors. It also prompted the following response from Sterling Balstead, GM of the Minnesota facility for Engineered Pump Systems (full disclosure: I serve on the board of the company):

I hired three young engineers in the last two years and work with them daily.  Previously, I worked with two other engineers who were 26 and 33 years old.  I am [personally] right on the edge of this conversation at 36.

When I think about our younger employees I see we need to engage and work with them differently than older generations, or hold on and hope they change into their grandparents.  Our company is used to employees who like or at least tolerate “8 hours per day + lots of overtime and few questions”---“nose to the grind stone”.  It also seems important for these same people to “start on time every day”.  Overtime seems to be proof of character[upon which] one can build identity.  Another obstacle we face is the length of time it takes to train our engineering team.  It takes 2+ years of employment to build the competency some of our current white collar job descriptions require, which I imagine is typical of small service based companies.  This is a big deal given millennials seem willing to change jobs, locations, and maybe career paths more easily than previous generations.  The younger generation seems to desire looser work schedules, working from home, and protecting personal time.  I understand and admire some of these concepts.

Your conversation notes seem to highlights millennials liking well communicated goals and performance reviews.  It also states they are jaded.  I wonder if this is what non-millennials perceive when millennials are trying to make sense of “why” we are so rigid.  To reframe the entire conversation positively, millennials may be asking: “who cares what road we take as long as we get to the final destination on time”.

This GM, Sterling Balstead, is paying attention, thinking about the changes needed rather than resisting the tide, and moving forward--not just in technical innovation, but with personnel recruitment and workplace consideration. 
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Topics: process consulting, Process Consultation, organizational development consulting, Organizational Leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, leadership development methods, millennials in the workforce, Millennials and manufacturing

Managing Polarities: the basics

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jun 15, 2016 6:30:00 AM
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Topics: process consulting, the art of agreement, organizational development consulting, leadership arts, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, group process, executive learning, polarity management

Leaders drive organizational culture: reflections above the Mediterranean

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Nov 25, 2015 8:00:02 AM

The shoreline of the Mediterranean sea can be seen from the right side of the jet I’m riding in as I write this. It is beautiful, even from this height.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, leadership arts, executive leadership, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International

Notes on a Resource: The Objective Leader

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jul 17, 2015 7:11:00 AM

The Objective Leader

How To Leverage The Power Of Seeing Things As They Are

Publishing Information: by Elizabeth R. Thornton, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015

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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, notes on a resource, business success

Opening up the organizational can: Organizational design should continue to evolve

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jul 1, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Truth be told, even after several decades of Silicon Valley leading the way, and an incredible amount of research demonstrating the power of teams and an empowered work force, the majority of organizations are stuck in the authoritarian model of old (especially manufacturing), or even more stuck in the hyper-democratic models that tried to offer a correction in the last half of the 20th century (especially charities and denominational bodies).

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, Organizational Governance, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, organizational systems, open vs. closed organizational systems

Thank you Sepp Blatter - putting succession front and center

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jun 8, 2015 5:30:00 AM
Outcomes  magazine from Christian Leadership Alliance just published an article of mine on the importance of succession. With Sepp Blatter's FIFA (non)resignation, the timing could not have been better for putting this issue that confounds so many leaders front, center and global.
In Blatter's case, we are being the shown how to make all the succession mistakes, compounding one upon another, and being lived in front of the planet in vivid 24 hour ever-evolving news cycles.
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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, leadership succession, executive leadership, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, ethical leadership, executive case studies, business ethics

Decision Making Speed of the Executive Leader

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 13, 2015 8:53:00 AM

In the online classes I teach on executive leadership, we often discuss paradoxes leaders must embrace. One such paradox is that the decision-making speed demanded of executive leaders is both fast and slow.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive coaching, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, Executive Development

Notes on a Resource: The Tao of Twitter

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

The Tao of Twitter

Publishing Information: by Mark Schaefer, McGraw-Hill, 2012

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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational development consulting, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, notes on a resource, business communication

An excerpt from the e-book "The Selfless Leader"

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 11, 2015 6:30:00 AM

(From the chapter "The Self-Aware Leader," as written by Mark L. Vincent)

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Topics: process consulting, Scott Rodin, organizational development consulting, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, selfless leadership, self-aware leader

Organizational Leadership and Reflective Conversation

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 9, 2015 7:30:00 AM

We all grow tired of phrases. In addition to the way overused "sit back and relax and enjoy the flight," one I would like to retire is "a heartbeat away from the presidency."  With grave respect for the ways in which people pass away may I suggest the following alternatives?

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Topics: organizational development consulting, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership

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