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Stop Managing Millennials: Manage The Individual

Written by James O. Rodgers

managing millennials

By 2015, Millennials will represent the largest generational cohort in the workforce. If you believe some of the leading news sources, this will be the apocalypse. According to them, Millennials are strange creatures that do not play by the old rules of the workplace.

If you ask me, this sensationalism hardly qualifies as journalism. Millennials are not much different than the generations that came before them. Worse, when people buy in to the myth that Millennials are an entirely new breed, they try to manage Millennials as a group. In reality, they should concentrate on managing Millennials as individuals. When you try to manage a group instead of a person, you start stereotyping — and this can lead to huge mistakes in the war for top talent.

We Lead Too Much And We Don’t Manage Enough

Written by James O. Rodgers

leadership and management

The current state of business management is one in which we are over-led and under-managed. People are attracted to the glamor of leadership and they spurn what they consider the banalities of management. Both leaders and managers determine business success, but the problem is that we have gone overboard. We’re overemphasizing leaders, and no one wants to be a manager. Without balance — without both leaders and managers working together to steer the ship — we’re headed for an iceberg.

If Your Inner Circle Backs You Up 100% of the Time, Here’s What You’re Doing Wrong

Written by James O. Rodgers

Hank Paulson, the former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, has said that every leader that he’s worked with has had significant blind spots – and he’s worked with a lot of important leaders in the financial world. These leaders know they have strengths and weaknesses. What they do is surround themselves with people who complement their strengths and make up for their weaknesses.