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impactnow
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1/29/2015 | 2:38:30 PM
Re: Engagement in the moment
Dave I am certain that your kids wouldn't replace you with technology! Though sometimes I think we all wonder if our kids prefer their games over us!

The multiple screens we all have access to be making the multi-tasking even more of an issue.  I have seen people in front of the TV working on their tablet and checking a text on their phone. All we need is Google glass to demonstrate how distracted we can get. 

 

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1/27/2015 | 5:22:22 PM
Re: We're all human
@asksqn- Very true. The goal was to show how "old people" had already done that to millennials and help them overcome it. But in the end, I think the lesson to learn is that we really do all want pretty much the same things. 
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1/27/2015 | 1:36:02 PM
Re: Engagement in the moment
@TerryB- I've certainly forgotten more than they know right now. But remember the oldest millennials are 34. The oldest and brightest are starting to make real waves in organizations. In another ten to fifteen years, we'll probably start seeing the tipping point where more CEOs are millenials than not. Those CEOs are rising through our ranks in management right now.
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1/26/2015 | 7:14:15 PM
Re: Engagement in the moment
@imapctnow- good advice. Though I sometimes feel like my kids would happily replace me. :)

I wonder if this all gets back to a simple thing-- people like to think they can multi-task when study after study shows they aren't very good at it.
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1/26/2015 | 7:12:18 PM
Re: Engagement in the moment
@TerryB- Well, sometimes you play it straight. Some time you play it funny. I take this really seriously, because i think millennials are getting a bad name in business. There are more of them in the work place than us old folks. We need to not only learn to work with them, but soom they'll be our bosses. We better know how to work FOR them. 
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1/23/2015 | 11:45:44 AM
Re: Engagement in the moment

Dave I completely agree, unfortunately that power play even rears its head in people's personal lives I have been at social engagements from religious functions to dinners and seen people unable to remove their downward gaze. Phones sometimes fuel people's unrealistic idea of being irreplaceable.

Someone once gave me great advice, they said you will always be replaceable at work so never fool yourself into thinking otherwise. Spend your time worrying about the places and roles you have that are not replaceable, mother, daughter, friend, sibling etc. I still remember that on days when I lose focus.

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1/22/2015 | 10:16:37 AM
Re: Good advice beyond IT
@kelly22- Thanks for the shares, Kelly. Tell them to jump into the chat, too.

Also, for everyone: Share this with managers, too. They might learn something about themselves. :)
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1/22/2015 | 10:15:13 AM
Re: Good advice beyond IT
Exactly! I'll definitely be sharing this with my peers, I think some of them could benefit from some added advice to break the stereotypes.
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1/22/2015 | 10:14:26 AM
Re: Engagement in the moment
@Tom- You must be a doctor. :)
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1/22/2015 | 10:13:31 AM
Re: Engagement in the moment
@impactnow-the thing about the phones in the meeting is the power dynamic, right? Every time the boss says "I can answer my phone but you can't" it is a show of power. It is saying thatyou couldn't possibly have a call as important as mine are. It might even be true. But it is no way to manage. Because an effective manager is delegating enough responsibility that a call a team member gets should be important to the manager.
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