LANCE RICHARDS | How to lead millennials effectively and the future of work #020

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Lance J. Richards knows millennials – a global workforce futurist and consultant, leveraging a 25+ year career in global human resources and workforce strategy. A sought-after speaker, presenting at conferences and corporate events worldwide including General Motors, Nissan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Halliburton, PG&E, Johnson & Johnson, and many more. He’s a former VP of Innovation at Kelly Services and now serves as the Director, Human Resources & Risk Management at Town of Avon overlooking the beautiful Beaver Creek ski resort.

Today, we discuss how to lead millennial employees, prepare for the future of work, and his book, “Gen Now: Understanding the Multi-gen Workforce and the Coming Leadership Deficit”.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Being a self-learner
  • Lance’s book Gen Now: Understanding the Multi-gen Workforce and the Coming Leadership Deficit
  • Why we need millennials more than they need us
  • Understanding the mindset and expectations of most millennials
  • Some of the five pet peeves that most people have of millennials
  • Why millennials require management to offer immediate feedback to be effective
  • How millennials have developed a healthy cynicism of jobs, the workplace, and companies
  • The paradox in the future of work
  • Understanding the flexibilities of jobs – access, location, and office space
  • In a college grad, the actual major is becoming secondary
  • The importance of learning to play well with others
  • Leadership is less about authority and more about developed soft skills
  • The difference between skills versus behaviors and competencies
  • Being constantly aware that you are your own company and brand
  • How Lance has reprioritized his life to focus on family
  • and much more!

Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Lance’s email:  ljrichards@outlook.com 

Twitter  @LanceJRichards

Lance’s book: Gen Now: Understanding the Multi-gen Workforce and the Coming Leadership Deficit

Atlantic article: Why Are American Colleges Obsessed with Leadership? 

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