Sarah Sladek is the CEO of XYZ University, an organization that helps equip worldwide companies with valuable tools and information to engage Generations X, Y, and Z as executives, employees, members, leaders, and volunteers. She singles out the greatest areas of dissatisfaction in the workplace as well as how the new millennial leadership is reshaping the culture as they go. Sarah is also the author of several books including, Talent Generation: How Visionary Organizations Are Redefining Work and Achieving Greater Success, which she discusses further in today’s episode!
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[2:05] Who is Sarah and how did she get started?
[3:20] Where are all the young professionals?
[5:20] Organizations are struggling to keep talent.
[6:15] Are Millennials really that ‘lazy’?
[7:30] What does Sarah do at XYZ University?
[8:40] What does Sarah mean by ‘Talent Generation’?
[10:55] Less than a 3rd of U.S. employees are engaged in the workplace and worldwide only 13% of employees are engaged.
[12:25] We can’t just manage anymore. We have to lead.
[16:25] Successful companies have stayed relevant because they’ve let experienced leaders collaborate with entry-level workers.
[19:00] Sarah shares a case study of how a workforce can thrive with a diverse set of talent and age ranges.
[21:05] Sounds obvious, but you have to put your people first, not the profit first.
[23:55] Very few companies carve out time to be up-to-date on trends.
[28:00] How can companies get better at collaborating with their younger employees?
[32:10] What are some of the most common mistakes companies make when it comes to retaining talent?
[35:00] What advice does Sarah have for business owners out there who want to keep more of their talent?
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Sarah and I first got the chance to meet each other while she was giving a talk to leaders at an event sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency. Special thanks to PK Kriha and Ryan Watkins of MMA for making this event a huge success.
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