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My son is 21 and in his second year of a summer office internship. He’s working hard, getting good reviews and privately developing a chip on his shoulder because he believes all us old people think millennial workers (roughly ages 18 to 30) are lazy and too full of themselves.

I thought he was just being overly sensitive until I started to see the anti-millennial posts pop up on my feed recently.[…] Continue Reading »

The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.

As a CEO, how can I get honest feedback from my team?

1. Be open

I think it starts with you as CEO in the beginning.[…] Continue Reading »

The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.

Q. As a young startup leader, how do you assess which of your early employees should move “up” to become people managers vs.[…] Continue Reading »

While the ignition problems at General Motors and the falsified waiting lists at Veterans Affairs may not seem comparable, there is one distinct parallel. In both cases, leaders were managing to results.

It’s hard to believe that in today’s business environment, many organizations are still employing practices that not only don’t work but can also harm people.[…] Continue Reading »

For decades, articles, authors and studies have tried to help managers come to terms with how to motivate employees and drive optimal performance by understanding what employees really want and need from work. The list is long (and alphabetized for ease).

  • Achievement and accomplishment
  • Appreciation
  • Autonomy and self-direction
  • Being part of a team
  • Boss they respect and trust
  • Career advancement
  • Challenge
  • Clear goals and objectives
  • Coaching
  • Connections and relationships with each other
  • Decision-making authority
  • Empowerment
  • Fair compensation
  • Fair treatment
  • Freedom to innovate
  • Growth and learning
  • Influence and power
  • Interesting work
  • Job flexibility
  • Obstacle removal
  • Opportunity to make a difference
  • Pride in the work they do
  • Recognition
  • Respect
  • Responsibility and authority
  • Security
  • Support to do a good job
  • Time and attention from the manager
  • Transparent communication
  • Use of strengths and talents

And this is just the beginning.[…] Continue Reading »