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Posted under Talent, What’s New by Stewart on Mar 10, 2009 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

Gens X, Y, Z?, V? and C?

A few weeks ago I came across an online discussion about motivation and communication between "The Boomers" and "Generations X and Y" and the significance of it.

I became intrigued. I am a Gen Xer myself and have integrated nicely with other Xers, Boomers, Yer’s, etc. I have read a lot of source material on generational differences and how it effects communication between different age groups. We all have access to the human resource trainers, sociologists’, psychologists’, and management guru’s reports and studies on this phenomenon. But I remained curious so I went out in search of "more."

I found that there is yet another Generation - Generation V (virtual) that exists only in virtual worlds such as "Second Life" and "World Of Warcraft". This generation may change how we market some of our products and services - for them, we’ll be marketing to people’s avatars instead of their emails. There is also a brand new generation - Generation C, which is still under debate but essentially is a generation comprised of the people who are "creating, producing and participating in news in a connected, informed society."

The interesting observation is that Gen V and Gen C are not based on when a person was born, but rather on their online habits. So, are they really considered new "generations?" Also, are the overall generational assumptions valid? Are Xers’s impatient? Do Gen Y’s always have an IPod in their ears at all times?

I went out in search of this information - and what I found was two fold: 1. There is very little input from real people into this subject matter and 2.What does exist is hard to find.

So I have pulled together a quick list of real people’s blogs, postings, etc. on the Gen X, Y, Z. I have also added another one that is not a real person’s blog, but rather a link to the two - hour special that was on PBS called "Millennials."

What are your thoughts? Is all this generational gap stuff true? Or are we trying to make communication easier by putting people into categories? And will these generational categorizations really help us all understand and communicate better?

Technology Demands and Generation Y - from a working Computer World Gen X Manager:

Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association Office:

HRM Today’s Blog:

Generational gap blog (the entire blog is dedicated to real people and the generational gaps):

A blog from a Generation Xer:

Generation Xer’s blog and his take from the real estate market:

As seen on 60 minutes: millennials

Additional article:

Additional article, very good summary information on the generations

BINGO number: B9

Posted under What’s New, Training Ideas by Stewart on Mar 05, 2009 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

Employee motivation idea!

Here is a great, FREE, employee motivation idea that was posted on LinkedIn

"Create a simple online program where employees can award other employees "stars". You can create a simple form for this using google docs.Whenever an employee "catches" another employee doing something they can award a "star" by filling out the online form.

Employees have a limited number of stars they can award per year, but can award more then one star at a time if they feel that they should. As employees hit levels (50, 100, 200) provide appropriate rewards.It’s simple to do and allows everyone in the organization to get involved! "

If you have an employee motivation - please let us know!

Posted under What’s New, Miscellaneous Thoughts, Training Ideas by Stewart on Feb 27, 2009 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

RAO - Recession as Opportunity with Tom Peters

Yes, it’s RAO not ROA. Instead of Return on Assets, Tom Peters wants us to think about Recession as Opportunity. We really should.

Tom spent several decades and three recessions studying some of the top companies across all industries to find out what works and what doesn’t during recessionary times. Companies such as Nucor, Dana, Rubbermaid, Ryder, Unilever, Union Pacific Railroad, Lincoln Electric, Scandinavian Airlines, Hewlett Packard, General Electric, 3M and Sun Microsystems were all part of his research. Think you can learn something from these companies? We think you can.

Lucky for us, Tom outlined six critical strategies for recessionary times. "Smart Moves for Tough Times" is what he likes to call it. We call it "necessary and very relevant" for everyone to see and then implement. It really does make sense that we should now be focusing on world-class quality, customer service, and speed and he emphasizes that this focus can only be achieved through attitude, trust, and action.

Strategy number one is to redouble employee involvement and continuous improvement activities. The absolute sharing of all information with everybody during these times is essential because they have already heard the rumors. He further explains that this is crucial to cost saving measures because the sharing of information will help companies find where the "slop" is and cut it.

Tom’s second strategy is that "Pain starts at the top and moves to the bottom." He believes that this is the pinnacle to trust during a recessionary time and that all the efforts a company has made with their employees around trust and attitude can be destroyed in a very short period of time because of "perception." We are all very aware of this concept with the recent news stories about golden parachute bonuses etc.

"Partners in Peace, Partners at War" is what Tom likes to call his third strategy. Bring the outsiders in and share the news, information and pain with your suppliers and vendors. A recession is the time to work with your partners and vendors instead of making them the enemy.

"Quality NOW" - This is the "Golden Moment" to really get serious about world-class quality. Tom stresses this very passionately and with good cause. The PQC (Poor Quality Costs) is up to 25% gross revenues in manufacturing sectors and up to 40% of gross revenues in service sectors. During a recession, could you afford 25% or 40% of your gross revenues disappearing due to poor quality?

Speed up your competing-in-time programs and reduce the amount of time it takes to develop and deliver new products and improvements. In his fifth strategy, Tom believes that this is the time to take a competitive edge and be the first amongst your competitors to launch a new product.

Tom’s sixth and final strategy concludes with an extremely passionate conversation about not cutting the budgets in advertising, employee training, and information technology. Tom reiterates that this is the most common mistake that companies make during recessionary times and backs up his theory with real life examples of companies that DIDN’T do this and reaped the benefits.

The video recaps the first four steps that everyone should take today to start thinking in RAO. This program is essential to any company operating today. We feel so strongly that you should see this and share it with everyone in your organization that we are offering this program on our online LMS system for a one-day, unlimited amount of views for only $99.00. If you prefer the DVD, you can purchase it for $395.00.

Even though Tom created this program for the last national recession, we believe that if you are serious about surviving this recession, then you should use this program as your starting point.

If you are interested in some recent blogs from Tom himself on the recession, you can look here:

This week’s bingo number: O71

Someone MUST be getting close!

Posted under What’s New, Tom Peters by Stewart on Feb 26, 2009 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

Articles - New Sale - More Bingo

We are in week three of the Bingo game and I hope to hear some people calling "BINGO" soon! In the meantime, I came across an article on linked-in that inspired me to pull together a short list of articles aimed at the importance of human resources and training during a recession. If you have seen any others that should be added to the list, please let me know.

Managing HR in a Recession: Part I

Five Steps to Thrive in a Recession

Control HR Performance in a Recession to Make It through the Crisis

Managing HR During a Recession

10 Key Tips for Recession Proofing your HR Department

In other exciting news - we are starting a new recession busting idea. From now until the end of March (and we’re just testing this out, so if you like it we’ll continue with it in some fashion) we are discounting our online streaming option. Full length videos will be $149 for one day of unlimited views and meetings openers will be $79 for one day of unlimited views.

The videos that are available for online streaming are:

America 3
Customer Service to the Rescue
In Search of Excellence
In Search of Excellence - Disney Segment
It’s Showtime!
Leadership Alliance with Tom Peters
Life is good...and work can be too
Muppets - Let’s Have the Dam Break
Muppets - Sell Sell Sell
Muppets - The BIG Plan
Muppets - The Sky’s The Limit
Muppets - What’s This Meeting All About
Muppets - Win Win Win
Passion for Customers with Tom Peters
Sell! 25 Essentials on Selling with Tom Peters
Service Heroes
Service with Soul with Tom Peters
Six Steps to Greatness
Succeeding in a Changing World with John Kotter
Who Says We Can’t Do It? with Lance Armstrong

Please let me know if you have any great employee training or employee motivation ideas! We are trying to keep things as low cost as possible (or free) - so if you have a way, we’d love to hear it and pass it on. Plus - if we post your idea in our blog, you can have FREE overnight shipping on your next order.

This weeks BINGO number: B3

Posted under What’s New by Stewart on Feb 19, 2009 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment» X

Fresh, delicious, crisp...

Yes, we do still include a popcorn package with each DVD purchase. It’s our way of saying "thank you" for being our customer!