mick ukleja headshotMick Ukleja has authored several books, and after my last interview with him I realized that he had authored a wonderful book entitled, ” Who Are You? What Do You Want?”.  This book focuses on four very important questions that we should all ponder and answer during the course of our life.

As Mick points out the first most important step in taking control of your future is to determine the truththe truth about who you are, where you are, what you will do, and who your allies are.  These are extremely important questions and require that we take a deep dive into our personal calling in life.   People can feel “stuck”, which the author defines as a regression of the imagination.  Mick states that in that frame of mind you can not only lose your sense of adventure about your life, but you can also feel that things will always remain the same as they now are–in what we call imagination gridlock–which causes you to feel as though you have no control whatsoever.

During our interview together Mick and I discuss the kicking the cord out of the treadmill.  I love this analogy for many of us the challenge is getting caught into the same old patterns and not questioning our directions and intentions.  Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  If you really want to kick the cord, and question your patterns in your life I suggest that you read Mick’s book, ” Who Are You and What Do You Want?”  These questions are truly the four questions that will change your life forever, and hopefully you can get out of the rat race of life and get to focus on your soul’s calling.

If you would like to learn more about Mick Ukleja and this wonderful book, please click here to access the website dedicated to his book.  I know you will enjoy this interview with a wonderful author who really has a mission to help you awaken to your potential.

mick ukleja headshotI met author and thought leader Mick Ukleja at the Innovation and Humanities Summit that was held on the campus of Chapman University in Orange, CA.  I was certainly fascinated by his topic about “Managing the Millennials” also the title of his new book.

If you have not been following the generational differences, the millennials are the generation born between 1987 and 1996.  The curiosity for Mick’s work began a few  years ago when his consulting firm began to notice the frustration among manager and business leaders with integrating younger workers into their organizations. Activities that in the past had been relatively straightforward–like recruiting, retaining, and rewarding–now seemed more challenging than ever.  60 Minutes, the CBS television journal, even did a report about the millennial phenomena where stories portrayed reactions that ranged from amazement to incredulity to outrage.

Mick’s firm GeNext Consulting decided to so some research with both the managers who were having challenges, and those where were effective in their management of the millennials. They analyzed thousands of statements collected during interviews with both managers and Millennial employees and found a pattern of responses that they referred to as perceived orientations.  As many of us know perceptions are not necessarily reality, but perceptions acted on or unchecked often become reality and contributed to the tension between the managers and the millennials.

It is my perception after having personally worked with many people from this generation that they are one of the brightest generations to have graced our planet.  Their focus is work-life balance, reward, self-expression, attention, achievement, informality, simplicity, multitasking, and meaning.

The bottom line is that if managers want to learn how to ease the conflict and tension, which frequently are based on the biases and perceptions which as mentioned are often not reality, then they would best treat the millennials by including them, engaging their opinion and disarming them by treating them as equals.  Millennials will react much more favorably, and many of the differences will vanish.

As Mick points out there seem to be two camps with respect to perspectives about Millennials. One camp believes that Millennials are victims of ‘trend inflation”, meaning that the media has created how they are perceived and consultants are creating a niche industry as a result.  Millennials are bright, motivated and great to have around.  The other camp see millennials as free agents lacking loyalty or commitment to their organizations.  However you want to view millennials they are here to stay, and it would be best to learn how to work with them in harmony.

Mick’s new book certainly provides the reader with the knowledge and insight into how to best lead and work with the Millennials.  Please go to his website by clicking here to get more information on working with Millennials, and enjoy this great interview with Mick Ukleja.