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!

Sherri Petro Addresses Coronado Roundtable On Generational Differences

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Guest Post By: Jim Kelly

Generational Differences

Coronado Roundtable Members and guests were treated to an informative and entertaining presentation on generational differences in values and communication methods by business consultant Sherri Petro at the Roundtable’s monthly meeting in the Winn Room of the Coronado Library April 24. Ms. Petro discussed differences in work styles and learning strategies between today’s Millennials or Generation Y’s, born after 1981, and those of previous generations including Gen X, born between 1965 and 1980, Baby Boomers, born between 1946-1964, and Traditionalists, born between 1925 and 1945.

In general, Millennials are digital pioneers, menu-driven, global in outlook, interconnected and like to work on their own terms. Gen Xers tend to be informal, results- and money-oriented, direct in communications, independent and recognition-conscious. Baby Boomers crave respect, value self-improvement, desire flexibility and have a strong work ethic. Traditionalists are loyal, respect authority, value formal organizational control and believe strongly in the dignity of work rather than the need to find personal meaning in it.

These differences can greatly affect the way the different age groups learn and communicate. Traditionalists like face-to-face discussions and can learn from lectures. Boomers prefer interactive and group learning. For them, reading material and handouts are generally preferable to lectures. Telephone conferences also work well for them. Gen Xers tend to focus on outcomes rather than techniques. They are results-oriented and want to get to the key points without getting bogged down in details. They like e-mails. Millennials or Gen Yers are technology-driven. Learning needs to be entertaining and mistakes are learning opportunities. They like discovery and new experiences and want to make a difference. They prefer texting and social media and have a need to stay connected.

Sherri Petro is president of VPI Strategies, a San Diego-based consulting firm. She is a recognized expert in generational communications and learning strategies and has published nearly 100 articles on these subjects. She has facilitated hundreds of seminars on these topics and her clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as state and local government entities. A magna cum laude graduate of Youngstown State University with a BA in Psychology, she also earned an MBA from Pepperdine University.

The speaker was introduced by Roundtable Director Emeritus Jim Kelly. Roundtable President Wayne Hoffman presided. Coronado Roundtable presents prominent speakers and subject matter experts at its monthly meetings on the fourth Friday of every month except December in the Winn Room of the Coronado Library. Meetings start at 10 a.m. and coffee is served at 9:45 a.m. The public is cordially invited to attend these highly-informative events.