Each stage of life presents opportunities to build the life and the legacy you want.

What actions are you taking to build your professional, financial or philanthropic legacy and the life you want?

Are you aware of how others perceive you?

Many people think they know how they impact others but do they really?

 

See if you can identify the different behavioral styles in yourself and your coworkers simply by being observant of how each enters the office each morning…

 

  1. Style 1 slips in, goes right to their desk and gets to work.
  2. Style 2 greets every person at their desk and socializes with those willing.
  3. Style 3 jumps right into a work conversation without a greeting or acknowledgement if the other person is available.
  4. Style 4 passively checks to make sure everyone is ok and if he or she can do anything for anyone.

 

Are you able to recognize elements of yourself and others in these scenarios? Can you see how style 1, for example, might be impacted by styles 2, 3, and 4? For instance, if style 2 comes in and interrupts style 1, how do you think it will impact their work environment?

 

Let’s use the example of a meeting:

 

  1. Style 1 tends to be early or on time, has a notebook and quietly takes a seat. They do not say much unless asked and the response is factual and backed up by data and resources.
  2. Style 2 talks on the way into the meeting, through the meeting, and as they leave the meeting. They will hang around to socialize and will bring enthusiasm and fun to the meeting. They have big picture ideas and will leave the details to others.
  3. Style 3 gets right to the point, moves things quickly, interrupts those who speak slowly and concisely, and are not afraid to challenge ideas and think out of the box.
  4. Style 4 brings inclusion and steadiness to the meeting, making sure everyone is heard and often becomes a natural mediator. They will be sure to take notes and share.

 

Do you recognize elements of yourself and your coworkers in these examples?

 

We are all a blend of these styles and we all have a dominant style that is easily observable by others. Each style brings benefits and challenges to work relationships as well as brings value to the meeting and team. Each style impacts other styles in opportunistic ways.

 

In my coaching and my workshops, I see people and relationships transform when awareness and acceptance of different behavioral styles is present.

 

Action Step: Pay attention to how you are perceived by noticing how your behavioral style impacts others and how other’s styles impact you.

 

Emily Bass inspires great leadership using assessment-based strategies forExecutive Coaching ,Essential Skills Workshops and her one-of-a-kind Adventure Leadership Summit. Join Emily on Facebook, LinkedIn and stay connected by reading her Blog.

Millennials: Entitled or Evolved?

I appreciate Millennials for pioneering a new work environment and embracing how the world has evolved.

In my experience managing, being managed by, counseling, coaching, training and parenting Millennials, here are my own generalizations about this generation:

·     They are unabashedly open to the differences in themselves and others.

·     They don’t settle for a job; they require their work have meaning and impact.

·     They expect proportional compensation to their time and talent.

·     They care about people, the environment, and the future.

·     They take advantage of opportunities to focus on self-actualization.

·     They view professional development as a natural part of their career.

·     They are more concerned about being good rather than being seen as good.

·     They are collaborative rather than competitive.

·     They are opportunists—but not necessarily at the expense of others.

As I see it, Millennials are simply taking advantage of the opportunities other generations have made available to them. Each new generation has the opportunity to do more because they have more. Each generation is doing more – it’s just that the more differs from the previous generation’s more.

So why is this generation labeled entitled when they’re simply doing as they’ve been encouraged to do?

A good example of how the needs of each generation has evolved is in what my friend Adam said to his father about his own children:

“Dad, just because you had to walk to school uphill, both ways, doesn’t mean my kids are lazy for taking the bus.”

Mark Snow, VP Program Development at Assessments 24×7 points out that Millennials are far from lazy, they are opportunists – just as every generation has been. Each has taken advantage of the opportunities the generation before made available, as they should.

In short, Mark uses Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to highlight the focus for each generation:

– The Silent generation sought the basic physiological needs such as food.

– The Boomers sought security and love.

– The Gen Xers sought influence and esteem.

– Now, because they have food, security, love, influence, confidence and esteem – the Millennials have the opportunity to focus on deeper connection, meaning, and self-actualization.

So, does this mean Millennials are entitled or evolved?

I say we celebrate evolving from foraging for food and water to foraging to quench our passion. Let’s celebrate the courage and tenacity of previous generations and encourage up and coming generations to take advantage of feeling safe and loved, confident and capable.

To quote Mark Snow, “…[Millennials] don’t need to be figured out. They need to be given the keys.”

I encourage you to read his full article on LinkedIn: Millennials: I’m p sure they’re ready for the big stage, TBH. But are we?

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Emily Bass inspires great leadership by seeing the potential in others and helping them move forward among the challenges of the work place and in learning environments. She is currently fulfilling her passion to make the dreams of others come true though her Adventure Leadership Summit, Assessment-based Executive Coaching and Essential Skills Workshops.

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