Posts Tagged ‘talent’

New Research Shows Gen X is More Likely to Quit a Job Than Gen Y

September 10th, 2009

Hi All!

Had  great day today! I conducted a mini-version of my “Get A Grip On Gen Y” seminar for the Women in Business chapter of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. There were over 100 attendees and the event was held at the newly renovated Dream Inn Hotel. The meeting space had sweeping views of the beach and was amazing! All you meeting planners need to check this place out for events!

Anyway, it was a great group and we all shared a lot of laughs. I love doing presentations with people and energy like that!

Here’s the deal with the topic I’m sharing on this post: Talent Management ( published an article this month about how Gen X employees are more likely to quit their job, and are searching for new ones, more than Gen Y (aka Millennials). Millennials get a bad rap for being job hoppers, but it really may be that employers need to be focusing on the retention of their Gen X talent just as much, if not MORE, than their Millennials.

The article is entitled: Consider Cost-Effective Alternatives to Retain Gen X, written by Erin Green

Here’s a brief excerpt:

Though employers are increasingly concerned about talent retention post-recession, their focus is often on retaining millennials instead of a more immediate concern: Generation X employees may already have one foot out the door.

“More than 20 percent of Generation X employees have already been looking for new employment in the past 12 months, which is the highest [amount of active job seekers] for any generation,” said Robin Erickson, a manager in the human capital practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Gen Xers’ strong desire to move up to managerial positions may be the main reason for the anticipated turnover.

“Forty percent of Generation X employees cited lack of career progress as the prime motivation to switch jobs today, which is considerably higher than their survey colleagues in Generation Y [at] 30 percent, baby boomers [at] 20 percent and veterans [at] 14 percent,” said Erickson.

Deloitte will publish a report later this month – a follow-up to the July report “Managing Talent in a Turbulent Economy” – that will reveal new survey data on employee perspectives by generation and region. The data comes from a global survey of employees, covering all regions – the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The article continues with more interesting info, so check it out!

Bye for now,


Singing Sensation, Susan Boyle, Has 10 Year Old Recording Released

April 17th, 2009

Hi All,

I love Susan Boyle. She is just the coolest lady and her life story is amazing. And her recent appearance on Britain’s Got Talent has this woman asked to be a guest everywhere! 

I’ve shared her story with everyone I know, and they all respond saying they cried when they watched the video of her singing on the show. I’ve seen it 20 times and I cry every time. I’m a sucker for the people who get ahead regardless of the hardship they’ve experienced. 

And today I have more Susan Boyle news! Due to her popularity, a recording she did of “Cry Me A River” 10 years ago was released on YouTube, and it’s amazing. Click here to hear it!

Plus she did this recording to be on a CD for charity, so now I love her even more.

God bless her and she deserves everything GOOD that is happening to her. Bullied and teased her whole life due to a disability, she is now showing all the mean people she’s encountered her time has come…and shame on them!

Bye for now,



Susan Boyle, 47 Year Old Singer, Blows Away Judges on Britain's Got Talent

April 13th, 2009

Hi All,

This is one of my generations-related posts that has nothing to do with work, career, jobs, business, etc.

It has to do with television, and showing that you’re never too old to pursue your dreams, even if people have been cruel to you throughout your life and have never supported you.

Susan Boyle, a current web phenomenon, is a 47 year-old woman and member of Generation Jones. She was recently on the American Idol-type, and America’s Got Talent, British counterpart tv show, Britain’s Got Talent, and her performance brought the judges and audience to tears. Even Simon Cowell was left speechless (yes, he’s a judge on that show, too) and has started discussions about signing her to his Sony BMG record label.

Based on her appearance, and quirky personality, people immediately thought they were about ready to see the female version of William Hung, so snickers could be heard from the crowd. But luckily, she proved them all wrong!

Susan belted out a song that blew everyone away. And what made the whole performance really special is that due to disabilities, she has been bullied her whole life, and she sang to escape the pain. This was her moment to tell all those horrid people “Screw you!”.

And according to Susan, she has never been kissed and she lives alone in a small town with her cat, Pebbles. She shared: “I was born with a disability and that made me a target for bullies. I was called names because of my fuzzy hair and because I struggled in class.

“I told the teachers, but because it was more verbal than physical I could never prove anything. But words often hurt more than cuts and bruises and the scars are still there.”

I love stories like this…the underdog getting ahead!

CLICK HERE to see her amazing performance and interview prior to taking the stage on YouTube!

Bye for now,


Citigroup Lay-offs Has Head of HR Leaving for JPMorgan Chase

November 26th, 2008

Hi All,

Well, it’s certainly not a Happy Thanksgiving for people at Citigroup. I’m sure by now you’ve heard they are cutting around 52,000 jobs worldwide (and possibly more). They announced this on November 17th. Yikes. This financial debacle seems to keep getting uglier by the minute! I truly do NOT envy President elect Obama with the horrible economic mess he’s being handed.

Could Bush have done a worse job? Don’t get me started…

Anyway, it looks as though Citigroup’s head of human resources, John Donnelly, is heading to JPMorgan Chase, after 30 YEARS with Citi. He will assume a similar role at JPMC. 

I’m sure heading HR at Citigroup wasn’t as much fun as it used to be after the Wall Street crash occurred.

And Paul McKinnon, who was hired earlier this year as Citi’s Head of Talent Management, will move into Donnelly’s vacant position as the new head of HR.

Here’s one comment on Donnelly’s departure:

Bringing Donnelly on is a good move for JPMorgan, said Gustavo Dolfino, president of the Whiterock Group, a New York-based executive service firm that specializes in financial services.

“He isn’t just about blocking and tackling,” Dolfino said. “He has knowledge of the business.”

Donnelly’s departure is also indicative of the challenges Citigroup may face as it attempts to recover, Dolfino said.

“There is a lack of confidence in their ability to survive this, and many more will follow,” he said. “There are Citigroup CVs all over the Street.”

To read the whole article that I did about this, click here.

And, on a happier note, my best to you and your loved ones for a wonderful Thanksgiving! It’s tough out there but we will all get through it.

Bye for now,


I Spoke at the "Across the Generations" Conference With Keynotes, Cokie Roberts & Madeleine Albright!

April 30th, 2008

Me & Cokie RobertsMe signing books & chatting

Hi All!

Yesterday I was a featured session speaker at the 19th Annual PBWC (Professional Businesswomen of California) Conference, and Cokie Roberts and Madeleine Albright were the keynotes. The theme for this year’s event was “Across the Generations”, so having me there was a good fit.

It was a full-day event at The Moscone Center in San Francisco with over 6,000 professional woman attendees! They ranged from Millennials just entering the workforce, to business owners, to Senior VP’s of corporations like Chevron, Deliotte, Wells Fargo, HP, Cisco, State Farm, and on & on.

I got a pic with Cokie (above) in the Speaker Lounge. She’s very cool (and really funny). And I also got one with Cokie and Secretary Albright but that was on someone else’s camera which I’ll get a copy of soon.

I co-presented a seminar session with Dr. Nanette Gartrell, author of “My Answer is No…If That’s Okay With You”. She has been on Fox News, Good Morning America and many other shows recently doing her press tour for the book. Our topic was on “effectively communicating across the generations” and I spoke about how to effectively manage, motivate and retain the Millennials.

Our session was a big success and we had over 800 people attend! It was lots of fun and we both signed books afterwards (that’s me signing and chatting above) and fielded lots of questions.

Then today I was back in SF presenting a session at the NCHRA Conference (Northern California HR Association). They created a full-day event on “Meet the Millennials”. Lots of interest in Millennials these days (as you know)! I spoke about unique ways to attract and recruit them to an audience of about 125 HR executives.

So, I haven’t had much time to write in my blog the past couple of days. 

Overall they were both great events and I met a lot of amazing people. Next week I’ll actually be on vacation…this has been a long time coming and is MUCH needed!

I’ll write more on things I learned, taught, and saw when my vision isn’t so blurry. Time to sleep!