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Enough already – quit the Millennial bashing


Enough already – quit the Millennial bashing 

This week I will get a chance speaking on behalf of local manufacturing companies during a special event with mayor Kenny from Philly and the mayor from Frankfurt Germany (Frankfurt and Philly are sister/ partner cities). Main topic will be embracing learn and earn apprenticeships and co-ops connecting students with manufacturers. My key message will be that manufacturing is far from dead. In fact low quantity high complexity manufacturing has come back not only to this area. This comes at a pivotal time when old talent will retire at an alarming rate in the next five to ten years. Yet, the fourth oldest workforce – that being manufacturing – struggles finding people fill their open positions.

I hear this all the time: “Millennials are so entitled”, “Do they think they get a trophy here for just showing up?”, “They do not know how to show up on time”, “They need so much re-assurance”, they this or that. It is just unreal how much and how many entrepreneurs and business leaders shun their future work force.

In my view this is a great fallacy committed upon the folks fitting the Millennial envelope. It is also a fallacy committed upon your organizations. Perhaps it is about time that companies reflected upon the fact whom they think will start filling their open positions vacated by their long term employees. It won’t be the few folks left on the open job market. They people they want to employ may have the experience etc they need, but they are gainfully employed elsewhere.

I have found the youngest members of the up and coming workforce to be phenomenal team members who can contribute so much to your workforce. That is if you and your organization are willing to provide three very basic things that even incumbent workers will grow to embrace if not love:

  • Provide a purpose greater than ourselves. Time needs to be worth spending at your place of work
  • Provide a career path
  • Provide a structure embracing the career path

Perhaps this is the time for the companies to do some soul searching and embracing change and not only looking at the potential future job candidate just trying to “fit in”. Millennials deserve better than just off-putting generalizations. They are intricate part of our future.

Ralf

How to deal with really angry and nasty people


How to deal with really angry and nasty people 

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When people get under your skin because they really loathe you and what you do, the best you can do here is to close your eyes, take a deep breath, say a prayer, and whole heartedly forgive them. They hate this even more, and you feel better. Much better.

Traffic, work, neighbors, family, school, and so many other places are rich with angry people. Those can drain you of all your energy and anything you do and even think about, can soon consume your thoughts and feelings. You can do something about this though. “All” it takes is engaging your power of choice: choose love and inclusion instead of hatred. This will free your mind and heart and all but automatically remove the power other people have over you.

Do you feel even ever so slightly brave? One more way to kick things up a notch is to openly approach the people who hate you. Manage to remain friendly, but have the candor of asking them what you can do to make things better. More often than not their anger only resides in their heads because their brains had had a monologue instead of an actual dialog with you.

When that happens their thoughts can spiral out of control. Their negativity is a purely homemade issue and you are only a cheap pawn in this blame game. Since you were never invited to a dialog you do not even know what their grudge may be all about. You could not do anything worse than engaging in a battle of words with them. You can however, engage them in an open fact finding mission in which you are going to try finding out what happened leading up to them getting upset.

Hatred is tiresome and draining. Most of all it is not long term sustainable without causing other issues. This can change overnight if you are willing to make the greatest change of all: Changing yourself. Choose love and forgiveness and the world and people will open up to you. And if they don’t do that love them anyway and move on. No one has power over you unless you permit that. So do not let such negative people rain on your parade.

Ralf

Three good reasons to take a trip


Three good reasons to take a trip Ralf a

When you run on empty, take a trip or take some time off even if you do not feel like doing anything. Sounds counterintuitive but it is true. Nothing is more invigorating and inspiring as taking some time off and taking a road trip. If your company is gracious – and I might add smart – there is vacation time for you to take. Maintaining a manageable work – life balance is tough on a good day due to the many technological advances. And that is exactly why you need to take some time off from time to time. When your batteries run on empty it may just be the time to pack up your stuff and go.

Here a few things that typically happen when you are on the road:

  • Your brain gets a tune up: Different settings equal different thoughts. You leave the rut of doing and being the same. New scenery and people motivate you to abandon thought patterns that your daily routine brought upon you. Getting some solitude time in kicks this effect into even higher gear.
  • Different circles of people enrich your life: Not being around your typical set of folks is a good thing. Getting to know other people is fun and it may connect you with completely different circles of networks.
  • Appreciation for how blessed you / we are: Traveling connects you with our great country and the people that live in all these different places. Let it be cities, landscape, historic sites, national parks, etc – you name it and we have got it!

Take some time off and see our great country and recharge your batteries along the way.

Ralf

No gifts needed


No gifts needed 

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I really need no gifts on Father’s Day. Being a father is already the greatest gift afforded to me. I don’t even know where to begin describing how much of a blessing it has been to have two healthy kids in our lives. My father lost his dad in WWII; he did not have such a swell childhood. I lost my dad about 3 decades ago when he left us on not so nice terms. That is why I wanted to make whatever sacrifice it would take to make the effort being present in the life of our two kids. You will hear me often proclaim that you will be given so much more if you are willing to give without expecting anything in return. When I reflect upon the last 18 years I can still count the few times that we were not together. Oh sure, we spent time apart; we have a deeper bond and “together” applies to physically and spiritually being with each other.

We laugh, cry, talk, argue, vacation, suffer, enjoy, swim, bike, camp, run, hike, drive, go to school, learn German and Spanish, travel, pray, get hurt, love, geo-cache, read, puzzle, craft, do nerdy stuff, and so many more. Good, bad, and ugly alike, I would not want to miss a minute of it. Being a dad has been the greatest gift in my life and no tool or other trinket could ever make up for it.

I say this as 2017 marks the next big change: Letting go. Our daughter will leave for college soon and she will be the first of two spreading her wings. Thankfully we are close no matter how far we are apart. Still, I will surely need a bit of time getting used to not having her close with us. Even my son is already spending a lot of time on his own. I am looking forward to what both will do – I am blessed beyond measure.

Happy Father’s Day! Here is a fabulous video for the occasion (click here for watching the video).

Ralf

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