Friday, February 25, 2011

Neil Howe

New book I want to read about Millennials in the Workplace by Neil Howe.  I believe the 4th Turning cycle that is described in their prior book.

Neil Howe is a historian, economist, and demographer who writes and speaks frequently on generational change in American history and on long-term fiscal policy. He is cofounder of LifeCourse Associates, a marketing, HR, and strategic planning consultancy serving corporate, government, and nonprofit clients. He has coauthored six books with William Strauss, including Generations, 13th Gen, The Fourth Turning, and Millennials Rising. His other coauthored books include On Borrowed Time. He is also a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he helps lead the CSIS "Global Aging Initiative," and a senior advisor to the Concord Coalition. He holds graduate degrees in history and economics from Yale University.

Millennial Generation

Ideas from Neil Howe, author of Generations, the 4th Turning, Millennials in the workplace
K12 schools then colleges and now the workplace are realizing that the smartest and best of the Millennial generation (born 1982-2002) bring with them their parents.  Parents invaded K12 schools first. Then colleges embraced parents and celebrated parents. Millennial generation are closer to their parents than any prior generation.
Boomers and GenX are very competitive in the workplace.  However the Millennial generation on the job really do want to help each other.  Millennial like to use social media in the workplace to check on what others think of something.  Millennial want to be the person others rely on, collaborate with others and be a part of a team.  Millennial want feedback, want contact with older people, want to know how they are doing.  Boomers and GenX don’t understand this because we are so independent.
Recruit in groups. To recruit one, recruit friends.
Millennials: Look for a place to work where your friends work. Talk to friends who are working to help get a job. Recruit friends to find a job where they work.
The culture gap between parent and child has gotten smaller.  Boomers and GenX had a big culture gap between themselves and their parents.

Individualism versus the Common Good

Yes, David Sirota gets it! Republican individualism versus Democrats supporting the Common Good. The underlying values of each party need to be called out. The consequences of supporting these values needs to be defined. David Sirota has done a great job with "best and brightest to the "greed is good" financial industry is more important than attracting that workforce to common-good endeavors." This clearly defines the individual right to profit versus the common-good. I support the Common Good.
Two public pay standards, one statement of values

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Economy

There is a mismatch between the policy structure that we have at the federal level and the realities of the economy after 2009 because the laws were passed before the Great Recession.  An example is training people but they can't find a job when what works now is finding jobs and then placing people in jobs.  The training comes on the job.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Income and Wealth Inequality in America

Income and Wealth Inequality in America

In 2004  (the most recent year data is available) the wealthiest 1 percent of families owned roughly 34.3% of the nation's net worth, the top 10% of families owned over 71%, and the bottom 40% of the population owned way less than 1%.

In 2009, 43.6 million people were in poverty in America.  Why aren’t they rioting?
Who speaks for the people in poverty in America?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Revolutionary Measures

Looking at the chart, at the bottom is the United States, listed for comparison.  WOW!  Look at the Income Inequality!  America is ripe for revolution!  Well, not quite, but we do have a problem.

Revolutionary Measures from NYTimes