Paul Mitchell Schools Take Generations at Work SeriouslyJune 14th, 2012
I have been blessed over the past couple of years to conduct speaking engagements for one of THE coolest companies on the planet, Paul Mitchell Schools. I’m sure most of you have heard of Paul Mitchell hair and beauty products; well, the school arm of the brand consists of 100+ high-end hair design and cosmetology schools across the country. And Winn Claybaugh is the Co-Founder and Director, plus I’m also lucky to call him my friend. I’ve conducted seminars for their executives and I’ve been a featured speaker at two of their Annual Conferences for School Owners and Managers.
Their most recent Annual Conference was held at The Beverly Hilton in May and I conducted a 90-minute presentation for over 400 Paul Mitchell School Owners and Managers on how to more effectively motivate and lead their Millennial (aka: Gen Y) students and employees, as well as how to get their younger team members into a leadership mindset early-on so they start taking their personal brand seriously from Day One. Leading and managing their Millennials has been very challenging for many of the Owners and Managers which is why Winn wanted me to address this topic at the conference this year.
Shortly after the event, several different schools placed large book orders for my second book, Millennials into Leadership. And they’ve used it as the foundation for conducting internal seminars and training sessions within their different schools. I’m telling you, Paul Mitchell Schools across the U.S. take this generational dynamics and leadership training stuff that I talk about very seriously!
Flash forward to last week…the Paul Mitchell Schools in St. Louis, MO are one of the locations that ordered my book and have been using it for training. And, one of their employees, Carly Noel, a Gen Xer, actually took the time to write the poem below after reading and discussing my book with her team members. The poem then was sent to Winn and he forwarded it to me. Awesome!
Not only am I totally flattered, but I’m impressed that a Gen Xer took the time to write this, and care about generational dynamics. Why? I find Gen X (people in their 30s) the most resistant to caring about this topic. And I can say this with a bit of authority because over the years I’ve had 100s of Xers in my audiences, plus I’ve interviewed tons of them.
SO…YAY, CARLY! I love the poem and a big thank you to the St. Louis Crew for not only caring about the information I teach, but for being cool with my sharing her poem and blogging about your school.
Now, without further delay, here is Carly’s creative masterpiece! I think she nailed it!:
Millennials, Gen X, Gen Jones and the Boomers
Let’s start with the Millennials
You demand a lot from your leaders
Having to step up
You’re not always understood
Next the Gen Xers
With Parents at work,
But leave us alone
We were the inventors
Our social life is important
Now on to Gen Jones
They grew to be workaholics
We seek your input
We look up to you
We appreciate your hard work
Last but not least
Growing up in the 50’s
Their knowledge we crave
Now you won’t find them on Facebook
They are the wisest of wise
They hold all the secrets
So here are the people
The book, Millennials into Leadership
I now understand
We are one big family
Thank you, Carly, Winn and The St. Louis Crew! You all rock!!!
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