Continuing a 25-year tradition, we have made a donation to City Harvest in the name of our clients, referrers, advocates and dedicated colleagues. We support City Harvest’s efforts to “rescue” high quality and nutritious food from restaurants and other sources that would otherwise go to waste and distribute it to those in need of food.
To you who are much more fortunate, I wish these invaluable intangibles:
Health, peace, joy and fulfillment in 2015
With many thanks for your friendship, confidence and trust to:
my wonderful current and past clients,the Cross-Generational Conversation Day Planning Committee, the Cross-Generational Conversation group members on LinkedIn, my Mastermind Group, social media followers, my great friends and family – and of course, you, my valued readers.
Spark the New Year right off with some great cross-generational conversation. Let us know how it changes your perspective and how you want to connect to others. What new challenges will you take on? What problem are you determined to solve? What new skill or knowledge will you acquire? What knowledge will you pass on to a younger or older colleague?
Keep doing great, meaningful work, having fun and spreading joy!
One workplace reporting relationship that used to be fairly rare is older workers reporting to younger managers. This is a growing phenomenon and will become more prevalent until the younger Boomers stop working in any form. As Boomers transition from leader and top expert roles to new roles that allow the next generations to move up the ladder, we will see what traditionally have been unconventional structures.
Though some people deal with it well, in many cases at best it is awkward, at least at first. At worst, it has led to a lawsuit. But serious tensions and confrontations can be avoided.
Both the younger and the older parties to the relationship can feel uncomfortable. A new young manager may feel insecure and even intimidated. An older team member can be unsure of how to react as well. Having worked extensively with all the generations, I will offer some tips in a 2-part blog post.
In this first piece, here are some guidelines for the older subordinate.
These tips will help start the relationship off on an even keel and minimize expending of negative emotional energy.
Next up: what the younger manager can do to build a collaborative and non-threatening environment.
Phyllis Weiss Haserot www.pdcounsel.com
Being both future-oriented and an optimist, each year I send a new year’s message. This year, it’s by way of a video, Challenge for Change in 2011. See it here. You can also read it below.
Join me in my wish for a healthy, peaceful, prosperous, fulfilling and joyous year for all of us. Phyllis
Challenge for Change in 2011
Last year my New Years message was the Gandhi quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” For For 2011, when we seem surrounded by political gridlock and angst, I send forth the words of President John F. Kennedy: “There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long term risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”
I ask you to think about that and how it applies to your life and work. What are you holding back, not acting on, cocooned in your comfort zone when you know you need to be leading or participating in change?
Now is the time!
Wishing you a spectacular New Year – all year!
Phyllis Weiss Haserot
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Phyllis Weiss Haserot www.pdcounsel.com
Welcome new year two thousand nine
Will you be our valentine?
Optimists come out from hiding
We’re all ready for glad tidings
Take a break from blogs and tweeting
Get set to take a facetime meeting
As in the ballpark give a cheer
And join with us for an upbeat year
Phyllis Weiss Haserot and Richard T. McDermott www.pdcounsel.com
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