The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has a vibrant program - hYPe, which stands for helping Young Professionals excel. In this multi-generational workforce it’s imperative for professionals of all ages to collaborate well in the proverbial workplace sandbox in order for organizations to succeed. We’ve heard the complaints respective to each age group but in the end – the most effective professionals are those who take the time to better understand the generational differences and leverage the unique strengths.
I’m honored to be moderating Bring Your Boss to hYPe – a candid conversation between executive level bosses and young professionals on May 4th at the DeVault Alumni Center. This event will provide a safe space for executives and young professionals to learn about the generational differences and their strengths so they can work together more effectively and harmoniously.
Whether you are the boss, or the young professional, I’m sure there are times when you wish you could be a mind reader to better understand a particular work relationship. We’ll be diving into compelling topics to shed light on what you really want to know but might not have the opportunity (or the courage) to ask, such as:
- The Art of Managing Up and Down
- Dispelling Cross-Generational Myths
- Setting Ground Rules for Communication
- Establishing Clarity of Expectations for Goals and Measuring Success
- How can I help you? Reverse and Traditional Mentoring/Coaching Scenarios
- Why Recognition Matters
During Wiseman’s leadership watching and developing experience at Oracle, she discovered that some leaders drain intelligence and the capabilities of the people around them. Their focus on their own intelligence and their narcissistic need to be the smartest person in the room had a diminishing effect on everyone else around them. For them to look smart other people had to look dumb or incompetent and in turn, the Diminishers created a vacuum suck of all the creative energy in a room. Meeting times were doubled and other people’s ideas suffocated and died in their presence.
In an ideal world, you want a Multiplier at the helm. The Multipliers use their intelligence to amplify the capabilities of others on their team. People get smarter and better in their presence and ideas flow freely and challenges are overcome. When these leaders walk into a room the energy level goes up on the team and difficult problems are solved because every team member has a say and is involved.
The Multipliers bring out the intelligence in others by building collective and viral genius in an organization. By extracting people’s full capability, Multipliers get twice the resources from people than do the Diminishers. Wiseman identified 5 disciplines of Multipliers:
- The Talent Magnet: Attract and optimize talent
- The Liberator: Require people’s best thinking
- The Challenger: Extend challenges
- The Debate Maker: Debate decisions
- The Investor: Instill accountability
Join us for this compelling Bring Your Boss to hYPe conversation on May 4th to learn from those who are already leading and the next generation of leaders in the talent pipeline.
Caroline Dowd-Higgins is Executive Director of Career & Professional Development for the Indiana University Alumni Association. She leads a global career enhancement and leadership development program empowering IU alumni throughout their professional lives. Caroline authored the book and maintains the blog: This Is Not the Career I Ordered®, which showcases her savvy professional development advice and women who are thriving after a career transition or reinvention. She writes for the Huffington Post, Ellevate Network, The Rouse, and a column for The Chronicle newspaper in Indiana.
An accomplished public speaker, Caroline is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and presents to audiences globally. Her international podcast show - Your Working Life, features guest experts sharing wisdom about life and career is available on iTunes. She hosts an online series – Thrive! about career satisfaction and health & wellness for women on YouTube. www.carolinedowdhiggins.com