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Brad Szollose's latest Press Kit-- Articles from Forbes, Inc, CMSWire, Details, Solve and New York Magazine.
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Original Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianaltman/2015/10/06/how-to-sell-your-ideas-to-millennials/
How To Sell Your
Ideas to Millennials
Karen has been running a successful company for more than 20 years. She knew
what made her employees tick, and knew just which messages would capture the
attention of her ideal customer. Over the past several years she noticed with more
employees and customers coming from the Millennial Generation (also known as
Generation Y), things have changed. What used to motivate her employees doesn’t
seem to be working anymore. And, her customers now have different expectations.
Karen commented that if she doesn’t figure out how to adapt, she could be in
trouble. If this sounds familiar, you might be interested in how to sell your ideas to
Who Are Millennials?
Millennials are not a separate species. They are loosely defined as the generation
that approached adulthood around the year 2000. They might be described as a bit
irreverent, arrogant, and independent. They might not dress respectfully – the same
terms that were used to describe baby boomers 30+ years ago. You can bury your
head in the sand and hope that the Millennial Generation will start acting like the
prior generation. That approach, however, didn’t work so well in the past, and is…
“Baby boomers were taught to shut up, listen, and follow the rules. Boomers had a
need and desire to look busy to their bosses.” Said Brad Szollose – Author of Liquid
Leadership, and a workforce performance strategist based in New York.
“Millennials are attuned to results and efficiency. When the task is done, they are not
going to give the appearance of being busy. They want to find the best way to get
something accomplished, and are not willing to blindly accept the way others did things
in the past.”
When it comes to brand loyalty, Szollose explains, “Whereas boomers were loyal to
brands based on advertising, Millennials are attracted to brands who think and act like
they do. If you are hip enough, Millennials are…Click Here to read full article.
Original Link: http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/75-inspiring-motivational-quotes-on-leadership.html
#38. "If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of
what everyone else is doing." — Brad Szollose
Original Article by Bill Sobel from CMS Newswire: Connecting With Bill Sobel
Stop Running Your Business Like It's 1969
By Bill Sobel
November 17th, 2014
Brad Szollose is a lot of things: a serial
entrepreneur, former C-Level executive
of a public company, a business adviser,
millennial expert and an award-winning
business author. So he knows a few things
about which he speaks — and this is what he
wants businesses to know.
Flatten your hierarchies, embrace innovation
and stop expecting your employees to follow
the rules, keep their mouths shut and listen. Those days are over, and they aren't
As a web pioneer, Szollose co-founded K2 Design, one of the
first online advertising shops and the first dot-com agency to go
public on NASDAQ.
You may remember the company: it picked up its first major
assignment in March 1994 for Sierra Magazineʻs online edition.
In August 1994, it was hired by NetMarket, which claimed to be
the first company to conduct a secure transaction on the Internet. It also staged the
first IBM versus Kasparov chess match, a landmark event in the then novel world
Szollose's management model received the Arthur Andersen Enterprise Award
for Best Practices for Fostering Innovation.
Continued on next page….
Original Article by Bill Sobel from CMS Newswire: Connecting With Bill Sobel
Szollose is the author of Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia,
which explores the subject of new leadership styles, specifically how to get the
tech-savvy Generation Y and analog driven Baby Boomers working together.
He's also senior managing director of Liquid Leadership Worldwide, which was formed
to help companies like Dell and MasterCard gain a better understanding of the ways
technology has transformed corporate culture and behavior.
CMSWire caught up with Szollose recently to discuss leadership, creativity and
strategies for success in the digital workplace.
Szollose: Don't be impressed that I started my first business at 16. My father made it
so hard to ask for a $20 that it was easier to start a business. But it put me on the path
Click here to continue reading…
Contributing Author working from New York City, NY
Covers Social media, social business, personal branding
Bill Sobel, the principal of SobelMedia and NY:MIEG/The
New York Media Information Exchange Group, has been
described as a media powerhouse and a master connector.
Recognizing that his “skill set is who I know,” Sobel helps
technology companies get into the media and entertainment
space by tapping into his vast network. He is a visiting guest
lecturer at the School of Business/The University at Albany, an advisor to the
Office of Global Affairs at the State University of New York and The Center
for Technology and Government, also in Albany, among others.
By Hannah Lentz in Featured, Visioneers Posted February 2, 2015 at 1:29 am
What do you do when your company experiences a 425 percent hyper-
growth for five years in a row and expands from two business partners to
four with over 60 employees and offices worldwide? The answer for
successful entrepreneur Brad Szollose is this: help other smart companies
realize their business potential and proper ways to handle how technology
has impacted corporate culture in the Information Age.
Former C-level executive of a publicly traded company that went from
entrepreneurial start-up to IPO in three years taking the first Dot Com
Agency public in an IPO on NASDAQ. Szollose is also the #1 Bestselling and
award winning author of Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia
— Multigenerational Management Ideas That Are Changing the Way We
With real life experience in the field on entrepreneurial advancement,
Szollose looks to help those emerging… Click here to continue reading.
GET YOUR TEAM IN STEPLEADING THE MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKFORCE
The Power of Customer Portals pg 6 Show It, Sell It pg 10 Big Data and the Bottom Line pg 12
BY BRAD SZOLLOSE
Understand the generational culture clash,
and get the best from your entire workforce.
16 Fall 2014
ow many of you are tired of hearing about
Millennials? Go ahead and raise your hand.
Even Millennials are tired of hearing about
And yet this newest workplace genera-
tion—whether called Millennials, Generation
Y, or Digital Natives—is, and should be, discussed, because
its members are causing disruption. Here’s why: they do not
obey or live by any of the rules that made previous genera-
In fact, their behavior is so radically different when it
comes to career and workplace expectations that it’s affect-
ing communication, productivity, advancement, and retention
in all organizations. Since many bosses are not ready to retire
anytime soon, and Millennials are moving into management
positions, a trafﬁc jam has begun.
As a leader you need to understand this generational phe-
nomenon. To propel your business forward, you need insight
into the behavioral dynamics of each generation in order to
create a positive corporate culture and prepare the next gen-
eration for leadership.
Step one is to understand what, as a general rule, moti-
vates each generation.
WHAT BOOMERS EXPECT
When deﬁning generational categories, we’ll keep it simple.
Many divide the generations into Traditionalists, Gen X,
and so on, but the real workplace differences are between
Millennials and everyone else.
As a rule, anyone born before 1977 (Baby Boomers, Gen X)
was taught a traditional path to success. Listen to the teacher,
study hard, pass the test, then you move forward.
Age + Time + Experience = Status and Salary.
Getting ahead took time and effort.
Boomers know their place in an organization, never expect-
ing to chat with the CEO until they have earned the right to do
so, either through title, experience, or age. And when a Boomer
has a much younger boss, he or she can feel like a failure.
For anyone born after 1977 (Millennials)—age is not a crite-
rion for advancement. Skill set is. So when a 25-year-old joins
a company, he or she sees no issue with entering at the same
level as the Boomer with years of hard-earned experience.
What causes this disconnect in expectations?
INSIDE THE MILLENNIAL MINDSET
Millennials grew up in a time of child-centric parenting,
in which they were routinely consulted about their wishes
and included in adult discussions. This approach spread to
schools and sports, and the effect was a ﬂattening of hierarchy
in Millennials’ lives.
As a result, they see their older workplace superiors not as
authority ﬁgures, but as peers—approachable and easily avail-
able to hang out with, learn from, and run new ideas past.
This lack of intimidation is not a lack of respect. Millennials
simply don’t recognize traditional boundaries.
Employees approach workplace technology very differently,
based not only on age but on work experience, according to
Brett Belding, senior manager of Cisco IT mobility services.
“Diversity is broader than most people deﬁne it,” he says.
“It’s important to address everyone’s needs, from the most
technically acute to those who don’t ‘speak geek.’” Here’s
how his team’s approach to IT support is evolving:
Moving toward self-support. As little as seven years
ago, all technical help at Cisco was provided by an IT help
desk, accessed via a phone number prominently displayed
throughout the company. However, the IT team became aware
that more tech-savvy employees had begun to create their own
wikis or blogs to share information about technical issues.
Belding’s team not only adopted some of the wikis,
they expanded the idea so that now the default method of
getting help with a technical issue is to go to an internal
website. (The help desk is still available as a backup.) The
team uses focus groups to ﬁne-tune the help language. The
goal is to make the IT support information accessible even
for employees whose tech expectations had traditionally
been “I make a call, and someone ﬁxes this for me.”
Self-support is cost-effective and scalable. It’s also in
line with Belding’s goal of “consumerizing” IT strategy. “If
you want to create a Facebook account, sign up for Gmail,
or download an app, you don’t call somebody—you sign
up with a few clicks,” he says. “For Millennials, that is the
mindset. You don’t pick up the phone.”
Allowing choice. “The assumption with digital natives
is that they will show up with the technology they want to
use, because technology is critical to their lives,” Belding
says. “And if you want to hire the best employees, you need
to allow them to work how they want.”
Accordingly, Cisco has loosened up its requirements
for work technology. The company used to stipulate that
all its employees had to use Windows; now they can use
a range of operating systems and products. Cisco has
also embraced "bring your own device" (BYOD), allowing
employees to use the personal device of their choice.
“The workforce is undergoing a huge shift in attitude,”
Belding says. “So we provide choice, then give employees a
set of applications that can make them really productive, no
matter what device they’re on.”
—Lee Lusardi Connor
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Second, technology changes behavior. Millennials were
raised to adapt to rapid change. With hundreds of software
upgrades, the Internet, and interactive toys, Millennials
learned to manipulate digital information before they
could read and write, and in some cases, before they could
speak. Because of this, nothing is ever “ﬁnished.” Constant
change is normal.
Millennials were also immersed in a new entertainment
platform: video games. And it shaped them. How do you learn
in a complex video game? You do not read a manual; you par-
ticipate and learn the rules intuitively. Leadership is rotational
and you use your team players and their individual skill sets
as needed. After mastering one level, you discard what you’ve
learned, because the rules change at the next level.
Boomers were taught that if you screw up, your career is
over. Meanwhile, Millennials were trained that making mis-
takes is the only way to learn.
FOCUS ON THE WORK
Both Boomers and Millennials have crucial skills, experiences,
and insights for your business. Moreover, Millennials have
something to teach management about new technology, a
new workforce, and a new customer. We are in a marketplace
in which technology allows smaller companies to compete
with big brands; in which old jobs are disappearing and new
ones are being created.
To keep your company both relevant and harmonious,
create an environment where all generations can thrive. Here
are a few ways to do that.
• Groom for leadership. Don’t simply hope that new hires will
ﬁgure out the way your company does things; show them.
Develop an internal apprenticeship program to give them
the proper training in your company’s methodologies.
This is where Boomer experience pays off in dividends.
Become a valued mentor instead of a boss.
• Flatten your hierarchy. If you are clinging to traditional
management styles, then you are waiting for decisions to
go through the chain of command, and that creates bot-
tlenecks. By ﬂattening your organization, training people
to make decisions without you, and giving them the tools
they need, you create an organization that moves faster.
And that makes all generations more productive.
• Consider a Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE). ROWE
is a ﬂexible management strategy, created by Cali Ressler
and Jody Thompson. Because it focuses on results, it
allows individuals to work in the way that suits them best.
For example, Boomers tend to see work as a “place you go
to”—the ofﬁce—while Millennials see it as a “thing you
do,” to be done anywhere, at any time, even in a coffee
shop. A ROWE approach can accommodate all styles.
Consider each project a mission, with deadlines and
tactics, and yourself a mission leader whose job is more
support than command. Let each team member set his or her
own goals for the week, do all you can to support those goals,
and stay in touch with weekly check-ins. In this way, talented
individuals can rise to the surface and be given greater and
greater responsibilities. And this keeps the best people in any
generation engaged and excited by their work.
Business consultant Brad Szollose helps smart com-
panies understand how technology has transformed
a new generation and how that impacts businesses.
He is the author of the bestselling Liquid Leadership:
From Woodstock to Wikipedia.
MILLENNIALS IN THE WORKFORCE
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SOURCE: UNC KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL,
“MAXIMIZING MILLENNIALS IN THE WORKPLACE,” 2012
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Original Article by D. Murali from The Hindu Business Line