The Changing Face (and Age) of Leadership…

Millennials— born between 1980 and 1995 have overtaken baby boomers as America’s biggest living generation and according to recent studies, Millennials will outpace Baby Boomer’s in the workforce by 2020.  That said, as the generation continues to become the majority of the workforce, how will they change the way business is done?  How can multiple generations come together and build strong relationships for the betterment of an organization?

Knowing what Millennials are looking for in collaborating with co-workers or working with professionals can go a long way in making seamless strides toward generational integration.

When it comes to leadership styles, Millennials want to be transformational leaders who challenge and inspire others with purpose and excitement.  They also want to share the decision making process with followers, making more rigid, autocratic leadership a thing of the past.  So, it seems this “entitled, everybody gets a trophy” generation doesn’t really want the titles or the accolades.  They just want the job to get done—correctly, efficiently, and on time.  Doesn’t matter how it gets done or where the work is completed, as long as it gets completed!  In the workforce they have been called the 24/7 generation.  Have a doctor appointment at 1 pm on a Tuesday?—Go!, Want to go watch your child’s play at school?—Absolutely! As long as your job gets done, do what you need to do, when you need to do it.  The days of being in the office 9-5 everyday are all but gone for this generation.  And with communication as simple as it is today, why not?  Need to reach 5 of your team members—shoot out an email from your phone or maybe a group text.

There’s no doubt that the business climate will be changed by this massive generation, both as leaders of organizations and consumers of goods and services.  While I’m hesitant to consider myself a Millennial for several reasons (mostly the “everybody gets a trophy thing”), even though my birth year is 1982, it’s an exciting time to be a leader.  From being globally integrated, realistic, and collaborative, to media savvy and environmentally conscious, the leadership possibilities are endless for our generation.  We just need to embrace the opportunities and help to reshape some of the “old guard” thinking that was Beta Version 1.0— because let’s face it, we’ve already upgraded to V10.2 since you’ve been reading….


Post Courtesy of: Jacob Cuthbert, Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors


Right or wrong is as simple as black and white, right?

Right or wrong is as simple as black and white, right? Not so much unfortunately.  You either break the law or you are a law abiding citizen, correct?  You either live your life morally or you do not, that’s what movies try to make you believe.  Black or white, right?  Unfortunately, the law lives in the gray.  And so do the people who work in the judicial system.  From elected judges down to practicing attorneys to lay people, they are all part of the gray judicial system.

Laws were created mainly from popular morals.  You shouldn’t steal, because it is bad and unkind.  You shouldn’t physically hurt another human being.  You get the idea.  But people are not perfect.

The idealistic vision of the judicial system is one that executes justice.  The bad criminal gets caught by the heroic police officer.  The enthusiastic prosecutor intelligently displays his case and the wise judge sentences the bad criminal to what he deserves.  Justice is served! On to the next case…  But anyone who has knowledge of the judicial system too often knows that the system is not perfect, and the square outcome does not always fit perfectly into the round judicial hole.

But that doesn’t stop the wheels of justice from spinning.  Black or white.  Right or wrong.  The system keeps moving.  And well-meaning people keep doing their job, whatever that may be, day by day and that’s the only way the system can work.  The world is colorful.  People don’t fit into a neat little category, and they shouldn’t.  So why should the judicial system?

For a relatively small county of only a little over two hundred thousand people, Washington County handles a higher-than average  amount of criminal law, Protection from Abuse cases, child and spousal support cases, custody actions, divorces and adoptions, and termination of parental rights cases.  Due to the high volume of cases, the Washington County Jail holds, on average, three hundred and twenty inmates who are awaiting trial or have been sentenced within the Washington County judicial system to less than two years.

The truth is, it’s possible that one of those inmates in the Washington County Jail is serving time for a crime that he/she did not commit.  It’s likely that someone who has committed a crime has not been arrested yet, and probably never will.  That’s not justice.  That’s not what those who dream of being a lawyer or a judge dream of, but it’s reality.  Humans are the imperfect creatures who try to carry out the imperfect system of justice.  Black or white, right or wrong, good or bad, somehow these ideas end up getting mixed together in this world, and that turns out ok, because when you mix black and white, a little of each, you get gray.


Post Courtesy of: Jessica Roberts, Esquire, Neighborhood Attorneys, LLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, E-Mail: