The BP Method: Using reverse mentoring as a talent recruiting tool

Posted On July 5, 2019

A year ago, I spoke with Pershing Advisor Solutions CEO Mark Tibergien about reverse mentoring, where older business leaders enlist the help of younger employees to keep up to date on current trends and the issues important to millennials in the workplace. Now one of the largest energy companies in the world is utilizing the […]

Categories: Generation Y / Millennials, Recruiting, Training Industry, Workplace

How to master presentations and become a more confident communicator

Posted On June 27, 2018

Jerry Seinfeld once said that if most people had a choice at a funeral, they’d rather be in the casket than give the eulogy. Indeed, many of us are terrified of public speaking. Simply communicating, when asked to do it in front of a large group of people, can by paralyzing – but it doesn’t […]

Categories: Podcast, Training Industry

With unemployment cratering, the challenge now is to fill open jobs

Posted On June 21, 2018

People shouldn’t have much trouble finding a job right now. Unemployment in the U.S. was 3.8 percent in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics– an 18-year low. That’s great, right? Of course, if you’re a worker. If you’re an employer looking to hire, it presents a problem: Filling out a workforce. And filling […]

Categories: Podcast, Training Industry, Workplace

Coaching millennials: What a veteran Baby Boomer has learned

Posted On April 29, 2018

Herman Edwards has pretty much seen it all in a football coaching career that started in 1987 at San Jose State and ended up including head coaching stints in the NFL with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. But Edwards, who at 64 fits right in the middle of the Baby Boom generation, […]

Categories: Generation Y / Millennials, Training Industry

South Carolina is bringing apprenticeship back

Posted On January 6, 2015

With the movement of manufacturing jobs overseas, America largely lost the master-apprentice model of skill development. College transitioned from liberal arts to business prep. With manufacturing making a comeback, the need for vocational skills is growing and the labor force is not keeping up. In 2007, South Carolina recognized this gap and implemented an apprenticeship […]

Categories: Generation Y / Millennials, Training Industry, Work, Workplace

Adultolescence and KGOY – what’s at risk?

Posted On April 24, 2014

I’ve talked here fairly frequently about the trend toward extended adolescence – younger generations holding off on typical adult milestones such as getting married, having children, and even moving out of their parents’ homes. There is a flip side to this, known as KGOY (kids getting older younger), where today’s children are entering into adolescence […]

Categories: Blog, Generation Y / Millennials, Training Industry, Work, Workplace

Game on: How one generation is changing the face of business

Posted On April 15, 2014

This is fascinating. We all know that technology has drastically impacted the daily workings of the business world. And we know the stereotype of today’s youth walking around with faces and fingers glued to some kind of mobile device or game system. Businesses are taking note. According to Gartner, by the end of this year […]

Categories: Blog, Generation Y / Millennials, Training Industry, Work, Workplace

Learning the Ropes: Human Resource Management Basics for Beginners

Posted On February 12, 2014

You answer the phones, handle employee complaints, and do the payroll now, so why do you need an HR person? Aren’t they a major drag on the company? They only collect a paycheck but they never actually contribute anything measurable to the company, right? Not so fast. Human resources jobs are a lot harder than […]

Categories: Training Industry, Work

Boomer suicide rate on the rise – generational norms may play a part

Posted On June 25, 2013

The Washington Post published an interesting – and alarming – story about the increase in suicide attempts among the Baby Boomer generation. According to the article, some of this increase follows a natural trend toward suicide among older individuals, however the actual rate of suicide has also increased – in some cases by as much […]

Categories: Baby Boomers, Training Industry

Millennials Are Stressed Out

Posted On February 13, 2013

According to a survey for the American Psychological Association (APA) by Harris Interactive, Millennials are the most stressed out generation.  A majority of Millennial adults report symptoms like difficulty sleeping that are usually related to stress. 40% report their stress has shot up significantly in the last year, compared with a third or less of […]

Categories: Recession Economy, Training Industry

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