The Young and the Restless
Leadership & Management
Would Words Like Adventure, Experience and
Destiny Describe Your Workplace?
By Dave Fleming
A Crisis of
I hate to admit it, but I’m a “rut eater.”
What’s that, you ask? It’s a person who
gravitates back to the same foods over and
you’ll find the young and restless having a
really good time taking over the Internet
over again. How are they doing in your organization?
I’m not sure how this happened, but I get Here’s a hint: if you’re serving them the same
stuck in food ruts. Bagels and cream cheese food every day, you’re going to lose them. By R. Bruce Bickel
are a good example. For years, I’ve had main- Here’s a test. Would words like adven-
ly bagels and cream cheese for breakfast. ture, experience and destiny describe your THE GREAT THREAT TO OUR
Chicken and rice was another phase. I knew workplace? If not, the young and restless CULTURE is a crisis of charac-
ter. Organizations of character
The world is changing.
rice had become a rut food when I received a will not be interested. They’re not going to
eat the same food for 40 years are created by leaders of char-
just because Mom and Dad acter. If our nation is to return
A wave of rebellion has
did. to being a nation of character,
The 21st century work- we must have leaders and man-
hit the American worker.
place will find a way to do agers whose performance is
what needs to done, yes. But guided as much by their char-
far more important, it will acter as by their skills. (For the
appeal to human longings for complete article, go to
rice cooker as a Christmas present. My fami- significance and community. CMAonline.org/mrc and click on
ly never wanted to see another bowl of rice. Leadership &
Chips and salsa would be another of my Dave Fleming is an organiza- Management/Articles.)
favorite rut foods. Actually salsa on just about tional “midwife” and leader-
ship coach, and author of R. Bruce Bickel is president of
anything does it for me. Leadership Wisdom from Transformational Leadership Group.
Occasionally I’ll be sitting with one of Unlikely Voices. He’s also a He’s a member of CMA’s Leadership
my rut foods and a wave of rebellion wash- member of CMA’s Leadership & Management Resource
es over me. “Dave,” I ponder, “what are you & Management Resource Commission and a faculty member
Commission and a faculty at CMA Long Beach 2005. You may
doing? There’s a whole world of food out member at CMA Long Beach 2005. You may email email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
there. Aren’t you getting sick of bagels and him at email@example.com or visit his website at
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salsa?” My eyes begin to wander and so do www.davefleming.org.
On the Verge
Association. All rights reserved.
my taste buds. I need more.
A similar plight has overtaken the work-
place. We are “rut workers.” The mindset of
the modern worker was that work was the
place to perform the same basic routines At this year’s CMA conference, Dave Fleming wants to invite you to
over and over again. This isn’t all bad, of join a mini-conference that will occur the first two days: “On the
course. Some routines are necessary, even Verge: New Leadership for New Realities.” Joe Myers, Tim Edris and
essential, to sustain a society. However, the Dave Fleming will take you on a two-day tour of some of the new real-
world is changing. A wave of rebellion has ities facing the young and restless, and show you how to lead them
hit the American worker. She thinks, (and yourself) in the days ahead.
“There’s a great big world out there, why So, if you’re young and restless, or you want to be a better leader to
am I settling for this ‘rut job?’” And off she the young and restless, join us on Monday and Tuesday of the confer-
goes to find a more stimulating one. She’s ence for “On The Verge” (ITI #11). You can check out more about this
young and restless. mini-conference in your CMA Long Beach 2005 program brochure or
The world has changed and the work- online at www.CMAonline.org (click on Annual Conference and then
place has figured it out. Have you? Google ITIs).
figured it out. Actually it is the new work-
place. Take a look at its workforce and
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