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Tuesday April 9, 2013
How can Gen Y be expected to lead! Part II

The most common question I get when speaking at conferences and workshops about Gen Y, is what can we do to support them to do well in the workplace? I wrote an earlier blog about this, and it’s definitely a hot topic.

Some other tips: 1. Give your staff an approximate range of time for how long a task should take, at least in the beginning. For example, if you are asking a staff person to draft a follow-up letter to a client with information regarding your company’s services tell them it should take them 45 to 60 minutes to do. If they feel it is taking longer, to quickly check in with you. It’s an important way of teaching staff how to allot their time as well as giving them guidance as to how to go about their tasks. My biggest challenge with new staff has been giving them a task that would take me 10 minutes to do and having them spend 4 hours on it. But I also know that I spend ten minutes on it now because I have ten years of experience with these tasks. Learning how to do things quickly and efficiently takes time – knowing how long something should take is a small but important help we can provide to our staff.

2. Make mentoring a deliberate part of your organizational strategy. Give people time to participate as both mentors and mentees. Set up mentoring circles. From Larry Ambrose’s “Multiple Mentoring: Discover Alternatives to a One-on-One Learning Relationsihip”: Mentoring circles. The mentoring circle model involves one mentor working with a group of proteges. This option is effective in situations where the number of available mentors is limited. Mentoring circles typically feature a seasoned mentor who focuses the group and provides technical and organizational advice and guidance. The mentor assists the circle members in utilizing their combined energies and experiences to help one another go beyond what any member knows or contributes as an individual. The benefit of mentoring circles is that they generate many different perspectives rather than a single point of view.


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Are you interested in engaging youth? Visit my website: www.michelledagnino.com for resources and seminar information on how to connect with youth.

As a social entrepreneur, author, speaker and consultant, Michelle works with individuals and organizations across the country and internationally to educate, inspire change and create educational and outreach programs that support the community.

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