This fall, our Charlotte office capped off our Five Wines Workplace Series with a champagne toast. As we explored our previous Fine Wines topics – Wellbeing, Return on Innovation, Flexibility, Mobility, and Culture, it was clear that leading, managing, and communicating change is paramount to the future of workplace. Our September presentation focused on that subject and highlighted simple strategies that can reduce apprehension and encourage and support the journey!
There’s always much debate about tearing down the old and replacing it with new –especially when it’s tied to iconic buildings in our own community. The old Goodyear Auto Service Center building in downtown Charlotte will be demolished in October to make room for Tryon Place, a new mixed-use tower Little is working on with Crescent Communities. In this case, however, the old auto building is not only going out in style, it is breathing new life into a creative community. READ MORE
It seems like each day I stumble onto an article, blog post, or special report about the Generational gap in the workplace. It starts out productive for all points of view : how Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers and Millennials can work together… and then it takes a sharp turn and becomes a tutorial for dealing with young people. Typically, these how-to’s are sugarcoated in lots of “compli-sults” (insults shrouded in a faux / weak compliment, e.g. “stuck in their cell phones, but great with technology!”), and generalizations about one of the most diverse generational ranges in history : 1981-2000 covers a lot of ground. Think about that : right now, Millennials range from 14 to 33 years old. Some of us are divorced parents by now, and some can’t even drive. When the recession hit, we were somewhere between 8 and 27.
As a response to these seminars (often lasting several hours) and dime-a-dozen lessons, I’d like to turn the tables for one moment and look at it from the other side of the equation. As a Millennial, how do you deal with Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers in the workplace?
Gen X. Baby Boomers. The Silent Generation. And Gen Y aka Millennials aka Digital Natives. Four generations in the workplace. It’s a topic we’ve all heard about, especially all the data, surveys, and trends. But what do we do with all that data? What is it telling us? What adjustments do we need to make in how we communicate? Thanks to Building Design + Construction Magazine, I recently had the chance to explore this topic with 50 other A/E/C industry leaders.
Co-authored by Elizabeth Unruh
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Little supports many great causes that usually are specific to each office. However, last month the Movember cause gave us the ability to raise awareness (and even a little bit of money) across our footprint. It was furry, and at times ugly, but it was all in the name of awareness for Men’s Health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.
Fortune magazine recently solicited input for an article being written about hiring young talent, which is titled “Five Steps to Find (and Keep) Young Stars” and appears in the July 1st issue. The piece is authored by Verne Harnish, who penned one of my favorite books, “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits.” Since I was in the middle of interviewing for a graduate structural engineer opening, I had plenty to offer! READ MORE
Bill Little, our founder, has taught us many lessons over the course of many years. At first blush, his advice wasn’t always brand new or paradigm shifting – but the way he drove his message home was – which is why we remember them still today. Bill was making ideas sticky before we even knew what that meant… and way before we had blogs to talk about it. READ MORE