There was a time when our workforce was known for
its productivity, but now it's becoming known for its
People today think the world owes them something.
I can’t even watch HGTV with my beautiful bride
anymore – especially “Property Virgins”. If I hear one more
twenty something couple whining that they don’t want a house
because it doesn’t have granite countertops and stainless steel
appliances, I’m afraid I’ll break the TV.
We’ve gone from an era when people dressed for
success and asked “How can I serve my company?” to an era when
job applicants show up for the interview wearing flip flops and
ask “How many vacation days do I get and when can I start taking
Managers who’ve attended my seminars from
California to New York and just about everywhere in between have
told me about applicants who think nothing of texting or taking
a cell phone call during the interview.
We have Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Generation Y
workforce, but with distinctly differently ideas
of what it means to be a professional.
I’m a proud American and love my country. When I
became an Eagle Scout over thirty years ago, I was taught to
appreciate all the freedom and opportunity we have as Americans.
I believe those still exist.
But our work ethic is going down the tubes and if
that doesn’t change soon, all that freedom and opportunity will
be for naught.
While politicians pile on the rhetoric about creating jobs, none
of them mention how many jobs go unfilled because employers
can’t find enough people willing to work.
Now more than ever, America needs strong managers
and smart business leaders to keep us moving in the right
Unfortunately, employees don’t come with an
instruction manual, and most managers are thrown into management
with little training. This is why I’ve made it my life's work to
help supervisors, managers, and business owners understand how
to attract, motivate, manage and keep the best people.
Our country’s future could very well depend on