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ON AIR: Generational Understanding and Connecting!

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Listen as Blog Talk Radio and Women Lead Radio Interview gain a generational understanding from Sherri Petro and learn more about how Sherri’s speaking career was sparked.

Sherri is a generational training expert and presenter with hundreds of presentations, workshops, and seminars to her credit.

Her passion is educating organizations on how to increase organizational sustainability by leveraging the talents and skills of all in multi-generational workplaces.

A crusader masked as a management consultant, Sherri has stories, statistics, and style that drive the content home. Her good humor serves her well as she works through serious organizational issues to achieve results. Sherri is an edu-tainer.

Whether it is an annual conference, work event, team meeting or a unique occasion, Sherri presents on several hot topics.

Increase your generational understanding and learn a few of Sherri’s generational gems on this this radio blog:

Sherri Petro invited to Speak at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s 2015 Hunger Conference

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Hunger ConferenceThe purpose of the 2015 Hunger Conference is to increase awareness of food insecurity and to share ideas, skills, approaches, and best practices for staff and volunteers in order to enhance and enrich the hunger relief community to better serve the San Diego community.

The 2015 Conference will feature four tracks: Innovation, Best Practices, Development & Fundraising, and Marketing & Communications. Sherri will be presenting during the Innovation track and share her generational expertise addressing: “Increasing Cross-Generational Communication in the Workplace”. She will share her top 10 generational gems gleaned from the over 250 generational workshops she has conducted. And she will offer tips on how to successfully communicate with the multi-generations in the workplace – even though they have different expectations, values, & work styles. Participants will learn solutions other organizations are implementing by leveraging their knowledge of generational thinking.

330 nonprofit agency partners are invited to attend the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s 2015 Hunger Conference. The conference will be held on Tuesday September 1, 2015 from 7:30 am –2:30 pm at the Jacobs Center 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114.  In an effort to go green, the conference is providing attendees with a USB drive including all conference materials electronically.

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank Mission Statement is to provide nutritious food to people in need, advocate for the hunger and educate the public about hunger-related issues. For more information and to register, go here.

How Employers Can Get the Most Out of Millennials

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Get the Most Out of MillennialsGenerational Expert Sherri Petro shares answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

1.   What are your tips for those who are Managing Millennials?
·       Start with the positive
·       Tell them what makes you happy
·       Be direct and clear
·       Expect a collaborative approach to reviewing performance
·       Learn about their career goals and align your requests, as best as you can, with those goals

2.   What are your tips for delegating to Millennials?
·       Name it. Be very clear on what you really want to happen
·       So what? Share the facts and why you need it to happen
·       Now what? Provide exactly what you need of them

3.   What are Smart Strategies for bringing out the best in Millennials while onboarding?

·       Have the technology set up for day one. Not having technology can be a sign of disrespect.
·       Get them on a field ride or job shadow early
·       Use a Baby Boomer mentor to help them navigate the organizational social network
·       Be the person that helps them grow!
·       Engage from the get-go. Bring them in early on projects so they can see the components

4.   What are the type of managers that drive Millennials crazy:
·       Are cynical and sarcastic
·       Treat them as if they are too young to be valuable
·       Are threatened by their technical savvy
·       Are condescending
·       Are inconsistent and disorganized

5.   What are some specific skills U.S. Millennials are lacking in the workplace?
Dependent upon their early education, US Millennials may lack critical thinking skills. Their education concentrated on honing creative thinking skills more than critical. Combine that with helicopter parents buffering or even taking consequences for their children and “everyone gets a trophy” and you will see that Millennials didn’t get to experience the end result of effort either. Critical thinking requires information and consequences. They may not have received both.

We are also seeing requests from Corporate America for enhanced business writing skills and classes on “how to be a professional.”   The first is homage to the texting culture and the second is about not understanding the impact of image and consequences on relationship building and buying behaviors. Due to texting as, generally, a one-on-one sport, they can also lack one-to-many conversation skills.

6.   How best to help them overcome their shortfall? What needs to be done to bring them up to speed?
Help them hone their critical thinking skills by pairing them with mentors who can share their critical thinking mindset then shepherd the process with them.  Managers and mentors should commit to explaining the “why”? and make it safe for Millennials to ask questions. They can explain the consequences of actions in an positive and upbeat way as well as be appreciative of the Millennials’ effort.  This generation has been lauded more for participation than effort in the past and need to understand that the workplace lauds effort.

To help bring them up to speed, combine teamwork & technology. They expect a technology solution. Define the rules of engagement so Millennials understand limits and expectations when on teams.  Mentor one-to-many conversations so they understand team dynamics. Explain the impact of not getting work done on other team members. That’s where consequences come in again!