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The Perna Syndicate - Motivation & Careers
2 minutes | 20 hours ago
181 - How Not to Motivate to Students
Episode: 181 Episode Title: How Not to Motivate to Stud When young people get stuck in the tunnel of their education, it can be all too easy to try to motivate them through fear. But that never works for long. Here’s why, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 181 show: Hello and welcome—you’re now in The Perna Syndicate! Parents and educators understand that motivation is the secret sauce for young people to reach their full potential. When they want something, when they’re motivated to get it, they will do the work and make the sacrifices to get there. So what do we do when kids get stuck in a rut of being unmotivated and unwilling to move forward? How do we motivate them to put forth their best effort, to really invest themselves in their education and everything they want to achieve? I think many times we try to scare them into moving forward. “If you don’t master this, you will never be able to get a good job, you’ll never get ahead, you’ll never have a good life,” et cetera. This can paralyze kids—which is the exact opposite of what we, their parents and educators who care about them, are trying to accomplish. With the best of intentions, we try to put the fear of failure into them. But fear is only a temporary motivator. It doesn’t keep people engaged and productive for the long term. Especially for kids who are already struggling, fear tactics just make them retreat further into themselves and dig in their heels. They can become more stuck than they were in the first place. So this is how not to motivate students. How can we inspire them to move forward? This week, I’m going to share a new insight on why kids get stuck and how we can transition them to a new outlook that will allow them to take steps forward. We’ll see you back here tomorrow at the Syndicate! The post 181 - How Not to Motivate to Students appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 4 days ago
180 - Soft Skills Are Caught More Than Taught
Episode: 180 Episode Title: Soft Skills Are Caught More Than Taught When it comes to soft skills, more is caught than taught. So how are you modeling these crucial workplace and life skills? Let’s talk about it, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 180 show: Hello and welcome—you’re now in The Perna Syndicate! Yesterday we talked about the rise of soft (or professional) skills in the virtual workplace. As the world moves toward a hybrid of virtual and in-person interaction, these traits will only become more important. Professional skills are human skills: the ability to adapt, to communicate clearly, to lead, to empathize, to resolve conflict, to empower others, to accept feedback, to be passionate about what you do. These are things that AI can’t replicate, and they will mark the success of the future workforce. That future starts now. It’s long been said that more is caught than taught. I think this is especially true in the realm of professional skills, where young people are always observing how those of us in leadership positions handle challenging situations. It’s worth asking ourselves, what professional skills are we putting on display in our daily interactions with the younger generations? Do we maintain a positive attitude? Are we clear about expectations, while giving young people what they need to meet them? How is our communication? How do we handle change? How do we manage stress? Can a younger person look to us as a role model in these areas? No one’s perfect; we’re all a work in progress. As we strive to be the best version of ourselves every day, let’s give a little attention to our professional skill set. The next generation is watching, and we have to walk the walk if we want them to do the same. I appreciate you tuning in to The Perna Syndicate this week. Keep empowering your career journey with more insights from my blog at MarkCPerna.com. Until next week! The post 180 - Soft Skills Are Caught More Than Taught appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 5 days ago
179 - Bridging the Gap with Soft Skills
Episode: 179 Episode Title: Bridging the Gap with Soft Skills File Name: bridging-the-gap-with-soft-skills In a remote workplace, soft skills are more important than ever. But the pandemic has revealed a gap between the soft skills employers need and what the workforce can actually deliver. Stay tuned for more, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 179 show: Welcome to The Perna Syndicate! Last year’s overnight transition to remote work revealed an unsuspected weaknesses in our current workforce. Suddenly, so-called “soft” skills like adaptability, communication, leadership, conflict resolution, service orientation, and many others came to the forefront as not just “nice to have,” but “must have” in a virtual world. This week we’ve been talking about the threefold nature of America’s post-pandemic skills gap. Academic learning loss is one aspect, and technical competency is another. But I would argue that the skills gap is really going to be closed when we start taking soft skills—or as I call them, professional skills—seriously. Academic knowledge, technical competencies, and solid professional skills have only increased in value as we face a post-pandemic skills gap. The good news is, the younger generations don’t have to wait to build these crucial workplace skills. They can start right now, right where they’re at. Academic achievement, technical competency, and professional skills can be developed when young people are encouraged to start treating their education like it’s their employment. Because someday, it will be. We can set them up now for success in a post-pandemic world—and meet the skills gap head on. Thanks for listening! The Perna Syndicate is all about you—shifting the paradigm in education and workforce development. Join me at MarkCPerna.com for more on this topic. We’ll see you back here tomorrow at the Syndicate! The post 179 - Bridging the Gap with Soft Skills appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 6 days ago
178 - Getting Technical About the Skills Gap
Episode: 178 Episode Title: Getting Technical About the Skills Gap The pandemic might help shrink the technical skills gap in America. Find out why, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 178 show: Welcome—you are now in The Perna Syndicate! I’m your host, Mark Perna. Yesterday we discussed the academic learning loss due to COVID that is contributing to our post-pandemic skills gap. Today, I want to talk about what most people think of when they hear “skills gap,” and that’s technical competency, or the hard skills required to perform a particular job. I believe that the pandemic will have a major silver lining for technical side of the skills gap. Why? Economic uncertainty has made a lot of students and families wonder if college is really worth the price tag. For years, the costs of higher education have been spiraling out of control, with the value of a degree not keeping pace. At Forbes I covered several studies that show more and more young people taking gap years and questioning whether or not they should start (or continue) their college degree in such unsettled times. This is naturally leading to a greater awareness of the postsecondary alternatives to college, like industry training, boot camps, apprenticeships, certification programs, and more. We are moving away from the idea that college is the only way to win—it’s just not supported by the data. This is a good thing. While I’m not anti-college in any way, shape or form, I believe that the more information and options young people have, the better choices they can make. If more young people, spurred by the pandemic, do pursue other postsecondary training pathways, that’s good news for skills-gap industries struggling to source qualified talent. There’s another aspect of the post-pandemic skills gap: soft skills. In our newly remote workplace, soft skills are getting lots of attention. On tomorrow’s show, we’ll talk about it. See you then! The post 178 - Getting Technical About the Skills Gap appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 7 days ago
177 - Motivation and the Academic Skills Gap
Episode: 177 Episode Title: Motivation and the Academic Skills Gap The pandemic put students behind in their academic learning. How will this affect them as they move into the workforce? Let’s talk about it, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 177 show: Welcome—you are now in The Perna Syndicate! This week, we’re talking about the skills gap in light of all the changes brought about by the pandemic. With some experts predicting a hiring boom about to hit, I can’t help but wonder about the next generation of employees entering the world of work. How ready are they, really? The COVID slide, which refers to the loss of learning that happened during the last 12 months of pandemic learning conditions, put a lot of students behind. It’s no one’s fault—I’m personally extremely proud to work with amazing educators who go above and beyond every day to serve their students with excellence—but let’s face it, you can’t switch overnight to a fully remote learning model without some learning gaps. Left unbridged, these learning gaps could have a huge ripple effect—someday, maybe even preventing young people from reaching their career destination. Motivation is the key here. Bridging the learning gap is not going to be easy, for educators or students. But we have to keep looking at the Light at the End of the Tunnel, the reason to keep going. For students, that Light is the lifestyle and career they want to enjoy someday. To reach that Light, they have to go through the Tunnel of their education. Today, that Tunnel feels longer than ever. But the Light is still there. Young people have a great reason to make up the work and bridge their academic gaps. Let’s remind them about it. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about the technical skills gap and why the pandemic might just help this longstanding problem. Tune in tomorrow and we’ll see you then! The post 177 - Motivation and the Academic Skills Gap appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 8 days ago
176 - The 3-Fold Skills Gap
Episode: 176 Episode Title: The 3-Fold Skills Gap The skills gap in post-pandemic America is threefold—and only by addressing all three of these critical areas can we bridge that divide. Here’s what we’re up against, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 176 show: Hello and welcome to a new week on The Perna Syndicate! Now that our economy is hitting the reset button, so is the skills gap. And today, the divide between the skills employers are looking for, and the skills that workers actually have, is expanding faster than ever. Despite the record unemployment rates of the last 12 months, employers are still struggling to hire qualified workers. The skills gap is affecting all industries to some extent, but certain fields like manufacturing, construction, healthcare, and aviation are especially struggling. The post-pandemic skills gap is threefold. There’s a deeper gap in academic knowledge, thanks to “the COVID slide.” Workers’ technical competencies, the hard skills required to perform the job, have also suffered. And thirdly, there’s a void in the soft, or professional skills as I call them, that help workers thrive in the workplace. Though our educational system has pivoted to serve students during a hectic year, there’s still a lot of lost ground to make up. Technical competency has also declined, especially where the in-person instruction so vital to career training hasn’t been possible. And the importance of professional skills like leadership, communication, stress management, and more has been starkly spotlighted with the overnight shift to a remote work environment. The pandemic has made the skills gap bigger—or maybe, it just revealed what we couldn’t see before. This week, we’ll talk about how educators and employers can start building these skills into the experience of today’s young people. We’ll see you back here tomorrow at the Syndicate! The post 176 - The 3-Fold Skills Gap appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 11 days ago
175 - 3 Reasons Tech Careers Are Built For Gen-Z
Episode: 175 Episode Title: 3 Reasons Tech Careers Are Built For Gen-Z File Name: 3-reasons-tech-careers-are-built-for-gen-z Why are tech careers especially attractive for the next generation of workers? Here are three big reasons, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 175 show: Hello and happy Friday—you are now in The Perna Syndicate! A tech career offers incredible opportunities for younger workers, particularly members of Gen-Z who have grown up with technology integrated in their daily lives. But, they might need a little encouragement to make it their career direction. What can make a career in tech attractive to Gen-Z? Well, first off these positions are known for their flexibility. Work from anywhere, work at any time—this is a huge benefit for young people who are used to blending, rather than balancing, life and work. And of course, training for a tech career is nowhere near as expensive as completing four years at a university. Many coding bootcamps offer payment plans and other options to make the training accessible for everyone who wants to learn. It’s a well-paying job that doesn’t burden you with heavy student loans. What’s not to love? Contrary to popular opinion, tech is also highly collaborative. Tony Phillips, CEO of the bootcamp Galvanize, says that many people think coders live in their own little bubble, staring at a screen for hours, but there’s actually significant teamwork involved. Working together to solve complex problems is a great way for young people to develop the professional skills to take their career even further. So flexibility, cost savings, and collaboration are the three big reasons that tech careers are built for Gen-Z. If you’re having career conversations with young people, bring tech careers into the mix. It might just be their golden opportunity. For more insights on the world of work, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Forbes.com, where I share insights and ideas to empower your career journey. Thanks for listening this week, and have a great weekend! The post 175 - 3 Reasons Tech Careers Are Built For Gen-Z appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 12 days ago
174 - Is Tech the Career For You?
Episode: 174 Episode Title: Is Tech the Career For You? File Name: is-tech-the-career-for-you Though tech careers are growing faster than ever, many people think they’re hard and expensive to train for. But are they really? Find out, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 174 show: Hello and welcome—you are now in The Perna Syndicate! This year, Glassdoor reported that 22 of the 50 best jobs in America are technology related. The pandemic has accelerated the growth of tech careers, which were already growing fast. And a job in tech has never looked better. Not only do these jobs typically pay better than average, they also provide workers with added flexibility with their schedules and generous benefit packages. And yet, most people assume they just aren’t qualified to apply for jobs like these. According to a recent survey, more than 50% of respondents believed that tech jobs are either too tough to land or require significant schooling or skills they just don’t have. But in actuality, it’s never been easier to acquire the skills to land a job in tech. According to Anthony Hughes, CEO of the coding bootcamp Tech Elevator, many coders don’t even have a college degree, let alone one in computer science. For many entry-level positions, an industry certification is all you need to break into tech. Taking a short coding course online is a great way to see if you enjoy the work, and there are many free options out there. No matter what educational background a person has, a job in tech could be a viable and lucrative career choice. Tomorrow on the show, we’ll talk about how you can encourage the young people in your life to take a look at a career in tech. Thanks for listening…we’ll see you then! The post 174 - Is Tech the Career For You? appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 13 days ago
173 - Never Marry An Idea
Episode: 173 Episode Title: Never Marry An Idea File Name: never-marry-an-idea Success in an ever-changing world today requires adaptability, and that means never marrying an idea or direction—no matter how much you love it. Stay tuned for more, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 173 show: Welcome to The Perna Syndicate! I’m your host, Mark Perna. Today, adaptability is one of the hottest soft skills (or professional skills, as I call them). In a world changing so quickly, the ability to pivot quickly and gracefully is a huge asset at work and, really, in any area of life. One of the things that makes for an adaptable attitude is a commitment to never marry an idea or direction—no matter how much you love it. I often tell my team that everything we do is a moving target. We’re constantly innovating and improving. That means lots of changes in how we communicate, what we offer, and how we offer it. I’m the king of last-minute changes, because I believe that “good enough” is never really good enough. Sometimes, adaptability means more than tweaking something. It can mean completely ditching the things that aren’t working. I learned early on not to take it personally when my great idea just doesn’t take off like I thought it would. No matter how much we love an idea or direction, no matter how smart or cool or relevant it feels, we never marry it. But while we don’t pledge lifelong devotion to our strategies and methods, there’s one thing we did marry. And that’s our commitment to making a positive difference in education and workforce development. That, we married—but how we accomplish it is always changing. We’re adapting every day, and that’s the secret of our success. Thanks for listening today! Join me at MarkCPerna.com for more inspiration, and thanks for the difference YOU make. We’ll see you back here tomorrow! The post 173 - Never Marry An Idea appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 14 days ago
172 - Starting the Job with Retirement in View
Today, young people are starting their jobs with retirement already in their sights. Employers can leverage this insight to recruit and retain younger workers—here’s how, coming up next. Hello and welcome to The Perna Syndicate! Yesterday we kicked off the week with some positive data about younger workers saving for retirement. Even amid the pandemic, most have been careful not to dip into their retirement funds. Growing up in a time of financial challenges hasn’t been easy, but it has certainly given them a better perspective on how to handle money. Today, it’s clear that young people are starting their careers with retirement already in view. The future is on their mind—and employers should take note. Offering a robust retirement plan, complete with expert coaching and financial advice, is a fantastic perk that will get their attention in your recruiting efforts. They also appreciate employer-provided resources in the area of tax preparation. Offering these types of valuable financial planning tools and knowledge will not only attract desirable potential hires, but also help your organization retain top talent for the long term. It positions you as a partner in each employee’s success. You’re on their side, you’re there to help them navigate potentially challenging things like finances, and you want them to succeed. More and more young people are looking for a long-term position—a role where they can grow with the company. As young people get smarter about saving for retirement, employers should keep pace by offering the opportunity for them to make a meaningful contribution, both to the company and to their own future. If you haven’t yet read my bestseller, Answering Why, check it out for a deeper dive into the mind of the younger generations. It’s available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook on Amazon.com. We’ll see you back here tomorrow at the Syndicate! The post 172 - Starting the Job with Retirement in View appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 16 days ago
171 - Younger Workers Getting Smarter About Retirement
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2 minutes | 18 days ago
170 - Is It Time to Call a Career Coach?
Episode: 170 Episode Title: Is It Time to Call a Career Coach? Job hunting is tough. So how do you know when you might benefit from an expert opinion? Find out, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 170 show: Hello and welcome to The Perna Syndicate! With the economy coming back to life, jobseekers have fresh hope that their search will end soon. But what if it doesn’t? What if you’ve been stuck in job-search mode for months? Is it time to call in the pros? There’s no stigma attached to finding a good career coach. If you think about it, even the top professionals in sports, music, and many other fields use coaches to maximize their performance. As a jobseeker, you’re no different. It’s okay to seek out guidance on where and why exactly you might be stuck in the process. Sometimes an outside opinion can shed light on a blind spot. I heard a story of one man who spent 11 months job-hunting. He’d landed interviews, but never made it past the first one. In his mind, he was a great interviewer—but his career coach discovered that his answers to interview questions were extremely short (10 to 15 seconds max). Once he realized his blind spot, this jobseeker worked on his answers with his coach and soon received three offers from top tech companies. If you’ve tried everything else, it might be time to consult with a professional. There’s no shame in getting some coaching on the job search process, especially right now in such a crowded field. If you’re discouraged in your job search or know someone else who is, you’re not alone—and there’s help. Don’t be afraid to seek it out and take the next step toward your new career. Thanks for listening this week! If you’re feeling inspired, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more strategies to empower your career journey. We’ll see you back here next week for more on The Perna Syndicate! The post 170 - Is It Time to Call a Career Coach? appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 19 days ago
169 - Virtual Networking For Your Job Search
Episode: 169 Episode Title: Virtual Networking For Your Job Search Virtual networking is critical these days, but it’s easy to get it wrong. Here’s who you should be connecting with—it might not be who you think. Coming up next! Ep 169 show: You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—welcome! In today’s virtual job market, jobseekers have their work cut out for them. You have to be adaptable, you have to give a killer interview on Zoom, and, perhaps most important of all, you have to network effectively in a remote world. It’s easy to focus on quantity over quality when you’re trying to connect with the right people to help advance your career. But it’s not about how many connections you can make on LinkedIn, but how many actually connect to your field and aspirations. Career coach Kyle Elliott says that jobseekers tend to focus their virtual networking efforts on recruiters and hiring managers. But these decision-makers’ inboxes are usually overflowing with messages from job applicants. They receive hundreds, if not thousands, of messages per month from people interested in working at their companies. Instead, Elliott says, you should focus your networking efforts on people who are already working in your target role. This will not only increase your chances of hearing back, but it will also increase the quality of the insights you receive. Think about it: they’ve successfully navigated both the application and interview process to land the job you’re interested in. Connect with them and commit to learning everything you can from their journey. You’ll grow as a professional and discover how to stand out as the ideal candidate for the role you want. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about when and why you might hire a professional to guide your job search. Stay tuned and we’ll see you back here then at the Syndicate! The post 169 - Virtual Networking For Your Job Search appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 20 days ago
168 - What’s Your Resting Pulse?
Episode: 168 Episode Title: What’s Your Resting Pulse? What’s your resting pulse, your default setting? Mine is being uncomfortable…and that’s what drives me forward. Stay tuned for more, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 168 show: Welcome—you are now in The Perna Syndicate! I’m your host, Mark Perna. Have you ever heard the phrase “resting pulse” as a term describing a person’s default setting, their natural state when they’re not experiencing external pressure of some kind? My resting pulse, I’ve come to realize, is being uncomfortable. I never stop challenging myself and my company to do new things, bigger and better than ever before. There is always a new mountain to conquer. My resting pulse of being uncomfortable is what leads me to say yes to things that are far beyond my current capability—and then figure out how to make them happen. Sometimes I feel like this gets me in over my head, but somehow, I always make it to the surface. So far, anyways! My comfort with being uncomfortable is why I constantly have to focus, plan, and take action—sometimes massive action. And I believe it’s why, today, I am a successful author, speaker and consultant in education and workforce development. So what’s your resting pulse? Are you always striving and challenging yourself to do more? Or do you operate on more of a level plain where you feel more capable of meeting the challenges facing you? I don’t know if there’s a right or wrong answer to these questions, because we’re all uniquely gifted individuals. But I do think there’s value in being aware of your personal resting pulse and how it can affect your life and work. Keep empowering your career journey with more insights from my blog at MarkCPerna.com. We’ll see you back here tomorrow at the Syndicate! The post 168 - What’s Your Resting Pulse? appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 21 days ago
167 - Life As An Entrepreneur
Episode: 167 Episode Title: Life As An Entrepreneur Gen-Z is the most entrepreneurial generation to date—but do they know what it’s really like to be your own boss? Here’s my experience as an entrepreneur, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 167 show: Hello and welcome—you are now in The Perna Syndicate! A significant majority of Gen-Zers say they want to be their own boss someday, and I applaud that. I also hope they know what they’re getting themselves into! I’ve been an entrepreneur for most of my working life and let me tell you, it’s not for the faint of heart. Entrepreneurs experience the full brunt of economic downturns, the pressure of supporting the people who work for them, and all the stresses and day-to-day decisions that could have enormous ramifications down the road. As the founder and CEO of my company, I’m never really “off.” Even when I’m not working, my brain is always working—always thinking ahead, always strategizing our next move as a company trying to make a bigger difference in education and workforce development. Being an entrepreneur means living a completely blurred line of lifestyle and career. Work is intertwined in everything I do. But don’t think I’m complaining. The reality of being an entrepreneur is demanding and consuming, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. I love what I do. Nothing excites me like igniting a spark for someone else to focus, plan and take action. I get to make a difference every day, and that’s what drives me. To the entrepreneurs of Gen-Z, I would just say to be ready not for a work-life balance, but a work-life blur. If you love what you do and you’re willing to take on the pressure and passion of being your own boss, there’s nothing like it. I wish you all the best on your journey. For more insights into the world of work, follow me at Forbes.com, where I publish fresh content every week. We’ll see you back here tomorrow at the Syndicate! The post 167 - Life As An Entrepreneur appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 22 days ago
166 - Doing All the Right Things
Episode: 166 Episode Title: Doing All the Right Things Do you ever feel like you’re doing all the right things, but just not seeing the results? I felt that way raising my son. Stay tuned for more, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 166 show: Welcome to The Perna Syndicate! Have you ever experienced the frustration of doing all the right things—without seeing any results? I’ve felt that way often in my life, both personally and professionally. It’s just part of the human experience. You can put in all the effort in the world, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll get the outcome you want. If this is you today, I know how you feel. I was a single dad who struggled for YEARS to motivate my son to perform better in school (or even just to show up there in the first place…bonus points if he arrived with his homework intact). I was an involved parent. I attended all the meetings with the teachers and principal. I set rules and expectations for our home. I kept after him about his homework. I was doing it all right—but it wasn’t having much of an effect on my son. Something inside him had to change before there was going to be any result. I finally understood that sometimes, it’s not up to me. I’m an extremely goal-driven individual, but there are many things beyond my control. That didn’t let me off the hook from continuing to do all the right things for my son, but it did give me some peace. If you’re doing all the right things, keep doing them. Re-assess your approach as needed, be sure you’re still on track—but don’t give up. Some goals just take more time than we expected, some things are harder, and sometimes, it’s just not up to us. All we can do is stay the course—and keep doing all the right things. There’s more to the Syndicate at MarkCPerna.com. Check in for fresh inspiration and insights posted weekly. We’ll see you back here tomorrow at the Syndicate! The post 166 - Doing All the Right Things appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | 25 days ago
165 - The Learners Own the Future
Episode: 165 Episode Title: The Learners Own the Future There’s a huge competitive advantage for organizations that prioritize a strong culture of learning at work. Here’s why, coming up next. Ep 165 show: Welcome to The Perna Syndicate! Today, it’s become essential that all generations evolve along with their role at work. The ability to continually absorb new information and translate that knowledge into productive, innovative work is critical. While Gen-Z is leading the way in learning new workplace skills, the challenges over the past year have forced all generations to think differently about what it takes to stay ahead. LinkedIn’s recent Workplace Learning Report show that employees are eager to improve their skills and not become stagnant. Companies that cultivate a strong culture of learning will create a competitive advantage when it comes to recruiting and retaining top talent. The goal should be to foster an environment where employees—young and perhaps not so young—can continually up their game. Ultimately, a strong culture of learning at work isn’t just about the learning itself. It’s about the positive outcomes that learning produces. An agile and continually improving workforce is its own reward, with benefits like better products and solutions, improved internal mobility, less turnover, the ability to attract diverse talent, and happier and more engaged employees. As everything continues to change around us, those committed to continually learning are the ones who will own the future. That’s it for this week! Let me know your thoughts on the show with a review. On Amazon, just search “The Perna Syndicate” and leave a customer review, just like you would for anything else on Amazon. And as always, thanks for being part of the Syndicate! The post 165 - The Learners Own the Future appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | a month ago
164 - Gen-Z Is Proving the Stereotypes Wrong
Episode: 164 Episode Title: Gen-Z Is Proving the Stereotypes Wrong Is Generation Z really lazy, entitled, and lacking all loyalty at work? New data from LinkedIn indicates just the opposite. Stay tuned for more, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 164 show: Hello and welcome—you are now in The Perna Syndicate! Lazy, entitled, phone-addicted job-hoppers—is that how most people see Generation Z? Because if they do, they’re way off. New data from LinkedIn’s Workplace Learning Report paints a different picture. Far from being complacent and unmotivated on the job, 83% of Gen-Z want to learn skills to perform better in their current role. Did you catch that—their current role. They want to improve right where they’re at, and it’s going to be exciting to see them do just that. Job-hopping is not Gen-Z’s default setting, though they’ll move on if they have to. They want to feel that their company is investing in them—and really, who doesn’t? According to the report, organizations are shifting their learning model to more effectively upskill and reskill in a fast-changing world. This is good news for Gen Z, who are spending more time than any other generation watching courses on LinkedIn’s learning platform. This, of course, proves that they’re not the lazy loungers that many people seem to think. And as for being entitled, everyone’s different, but the fact that the majority of Gen-Z is actively trying to learn new skills at work seems to indicate that they don’t expect everything to be handed to them on a silver platter. It’s interesting to note that Gen-Z is doing all of this voluntarily. No one is making them learn, to my knowledge. It’s because they’re curious, and they’re hungry. Listen in tomorrow for more on our evolving workforce and why continuous learning creates a competitive advantage for every generation. We’ll see you then! The post 164 - Gen-Z Is Proving the Stereotypes Wrong appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | a month ago
163 - Curiosity: The New Must-Have at Work
Episode: 163 Episode Title: Curiosity: The New Must-Have at Work File Name: curiosity-the-new-must-have-at-work Generation Z might just be the most curious generation to date. And it’s going to help them big time at work. Here’s why, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 163 show: Welcome to The Perna Syndicate! The recent Workplace Learning Report released by LinkedIn covers a lot of ground, but what I found most fascinating was the insight into how Generation Z is approaching their professional lives. They can be described in one word: curious. Gen-Z stands out as a cohort that is wholeheartedly embracing continuous learning at work. Sixty-seven percent of Gen-Z learners spent more time learning in 2020 on LinkedIn’s platform than they did in 2019. Altogether, they logged 50% more hours watching online courses than learners from any other generation last year. Gen-Z has an innate curiosity about the world—it’s why I’ve long called them the ‘Why’ Generation. And it plays to their advantage in a world increasingly driven by information. Curiosity allows them to see past the problem to solutions that are out of the box, and sometimes—just brilliant. Curiosity is a trait that every generation can cultivate. Maybe you haven’t thought of curiosity as a must-have at work. But, used strategically, it can have a tremendous impact on our development as professionals. In a world where continuous learning is fast becoming a non-negotiable, the curiosity of Gen-Z gives them an edge. Curiosity can help us all see the world in new and unexpected ways—and then bring that insight to work. Tomorrow, we’ll look at the implications of Gen-Z’s desire to learn and grow—and how they’re bucking the negative stereotypes surrounding their generation. We’ll see you then! The post 163 - Curiosity: The New Must-Have at Work appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
2 minutes | a month ago
162 - Continuous Learning is Here to Stay
Episode: 162 Episode Title: Continuous Learning is Here to Stay Continuous learning is a hot new trend in the workplace—but in our rapidly changing world, it’s more than a trend. Here’s why, coming up next on the Syndicate. Ep 162 show: Welcome to The Perna Syndicate! Employees across all industries have really outdone themselves this past year in learning new skills, fast. And one thing we’re all learning is that—well—there’s always more to learn. In the workplace, continuous learning is no longer just a stopgap measure to cope with the rapid changes overtaking us. Rather, a culture of constant skill development is fast becoming the norm for companies that are embracing the new reality of work. LinkedIn’s recently released Workplace Learning Report demonstrates a seismic shift in how companies are prioritizing learning and development. It also shows how workers themselves are approaching their careers in a whole new way. Reskilling and upskilling are increasingly important in 2021, with 59% of learning & development professionals ranking them as a top priority for their company. And that’s just fine with Generation-Z, our youngest working generation, who find themselves right at home (often literally) in their effort to learn new skills. Though the oldest Gen-Zer today is just pushing 24, they’re highly motivated to grow their careers. And 76% see learning as the key to their career advancement. In a world that is changing faster than ever, this thirst for knowledge is creating a significant competitive advantage. One thing we can learn from Gen-Z is this: never stop learning. This week, we’ll talk about what LinkedIn’s study reveals about the future of work and how we can embrace the habit of continuous learning. We’ll see you back here tomorrow! The post 162 - Continuous Learning is Here to Stay appeared first on Mark C. Perna.
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