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How important is workplace atmosphere to a millennial?

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This post is a companion to the Voice America interview with Cam Marston to air on March 8, 2016. Cam is the President and Owner of Generational Insights and an expert on the Demographic Trends and Generational Bias Impacting Work & Sales. How important is workplace atmosphere to a millennial? Apparently it was important enough to at least one of them to blow off one of the premier employers in her desired profession. “My visit,” she concluded, “made me realize it was sterile journalism.” Gordon did not give examples of work produced by the Times that she considers sterile, but seemed more concerned with the newsroom environment, saying she knew she “wouldn’t fit in with the culture” in a place where she couldn’t “fully express my creativity and quirkiness.” She illustrated her point by noting that an internship coordinator at the Times may not have appreciated the “shooting stars and flying bats” on her portfolio. While Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers will laugh this off as a millennial living down to the stereotype (and wonder what kind of journalism student would show up to the New York Times with stars and bats drawn on her clips), we also must assume that Gordon isn’t alone. Finding a collaborative atmosphere and an outlet for their creative passions is important to millennials – and finding talented millennials is important to employers. So who should give? Should employers like the Times reconfigure their workplaces to cater to the desires of millennials like Gordon? Or should Gordon realize that not every office is going to feel like the campus newspaper? There’s no one right answer here, but my hunch is: perhaps a little of both. As more millennials flood the workforce, many workplaces are moving toward environments that foster the kind of collaborative atmosphere for which Gordon seems to be looking – and one day, even the Times may join them. It makes sense for companies that want to attract and retain the best and brightest to make sure their office environments are going to be seen as an asset. But millennials like Gordon also need to understand that it isn’t the job of a workplace to fulfill their every desire. It’s to get work done. Very few of us, no matter the generation, are fortunate enough to find a job that feeds all our ambitions and interests. Many of us find other outlets for our creative and quirky sides that aren’t satisfied at work. Hannah Gordon, a journalism student at St. Bonaventure University, recently shared her thoughts about a visit to the New York Times in a letter to TAPinto.net. The Times is considered by many journalists to be the pinnacle of the profession, a place to which the most ambitious reporters and editors aspire. Gordon, however, saw it differently, noting her disappointment at finding a “near-silent newsroom” instead of “the bustling, comradery-filled (sic) newsroom I imagined.” Perhaps Gordon will find a job that meets all her expectations. Or maybe she’ll have to temper those expectations to find a job. This show is part of the show Innovative Leaders Driving Thriving Organizations. To become a more innovative leader, please consider our online leader development program. For additional tools, we recommend taking leadership assessments, using the Innovative Leadership Fieldbook and Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations, and adding coaching to our online innovative leadership program. We also offer several workshops to help you build these skills. To learn more, please visit www.metcalf-associates.com www.metcalf-associates.com/blog  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2472/innovative-leaders-driving-thriving-organizations

Out of the Shadows: Conscious Leadership

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Debbie Ford said, “When you learn that you can trust life, life will deliver treasures beyond your imagination.” Before Debbie passed away, “into the waiting arms of her ancestors and guardian angels,” she made a request of all of us to celebrate and remember her on the anniversary of her birth each year, rather than the anniversary of her death. Her brilliant work in the world will live on infinitum. She is deeply missed. I loved the interview I did with Debbie on Leading Conversations. To honor Debbie and what would have been her 60th birthday, we are replaying our conversation with heartfelt gratitude. Blessings Debbie.

Cheryl Esposito welcomes Debbie Ford, New York Times #1 bestselling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers; The Secret of the Shadow; and The Best Year of your Life: Dream It, Plan It, Live It. Known for her groundbreaking work, the Shadow Process, Debbie is committed to evolution of human consciousness. Her core belief is that outer transformation occurs when we experience internal shift in perception. Join Cheryl Esposito and Debbie Ford to learn to transform the issues that keep you from moving forward in your leadership and your life.

Tune in 10/9/2015 for this amazing episode!

Body Talk, Kate White & The Wrong Man, Drought Garden Guide

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Brittle fingernails? Dry,stringy hair? Or maybe it’s persistent acne or red patches on your skin? What ever it is, your body may be trying to tell you something. Heather Brittany looks out the outside to see what’s going on in the inside in Health Matters.
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Kate White, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed stand-alone novels Hush, The Sixes, and Eyes on You, chats about her newest exhilarating novel, The Wrong Man.

A drought can be a gardener’s worst nightmare. When a hot, dry weather pattern settles in, it affects your landscape in a variety of ways. There’s nothing you can do to prevent a drought, but there are some strategies you can enact to help minimize the effect it has on your yard. Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian, gives us hope for a thriving garden throughout the worst drought in California history.
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The Fear Cure: It’s the Art of Well-Being

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Cheryl Esposito welcomes Lissa Rankin, M.D., physician, speaker, New York Times bestselling author & Founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute. After years as a practicing OB/GYN physician, Lissa Rankin decided there had to be a better way to live into her purpose for becoming a physician in the first place. She stepped away from the conventional practice of healthcare, but not away from caring for the health and well being of people. Observing the mind-body connection in healing with patients, Lissa set out to learn what makes it work for some and not others. She wrote Mind Over Medicine to tell the story. Her new book The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul provides a look into fear as an inhibitor to healing, with a plan to move beyond it. Are you curious? Join Cheryl Esposito & Dr. Lissa Rankin to learn the art of well-being, Friday May 29, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific Time on ‘Leading Conversations‘.

Out of the Shadows: Conscious Leadership

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Debbie Ford said, “When you learn that you can trust life, life will deliver treasures beyond your imagination.” Two years ago, Debbie Ford passed away “into the waiting arms of her ancestors and guardian angels.” Her brilliant work in the world will live on infinitum. She is deeply missed. I loved the interview I did with Debbie on Leading Conversations. In her honor, and with heartfelt gratitude, we are replaying our conversation. Blessings Debbie.

Cheryl Esposito welcomes Debbie Ford, New York Times #1 bestselling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers; The Secret of the Shadow; and The Best Year of your Life: Dream It, Plan It, Live It. Known for her groundbreaking work, the Shadow Process, Debbie is committed to evolution of human consciousness. Her core belief is that outer transformation occurs when we experience internal shift in perception. Join the conversation to learn to transform the issues that keep you from moving forward in your leadership and your life.

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