“Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.”
Here is the audio version of this post. It’s like me reading you a bedtime story, but I like to call it a biztime story. Thank you for listening.
It’s always the same it seems, the older generation, no matter which it is, is always somewhat down on the next generation. Whether it be the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, etc. There is always something people find wrong or irritating.
Is it that we lose perspective over time? That we get cranky and tired as we age? I am not a history expert, but I am a human who pays attention, so here is my take and some things to consider when generation bashing or trying to be an awesome leader of future generations.
Gary Vee, one of my biz heroes posted a quote to his Facebook page a few months back and it really resonated with me, Gary said…“We’ve just gotten smarter and realized that 22 year olds have more value than just getting you coffee”.
Here is what I know about the WHY generation…
1. They value purpose and meaning, not just a job or paycheck.
2. They want to know WHY, and “because I said so” does not fly.
3. They want leaders and mentors to tell them what’s possible, not what’s not possible.
4. They crave authenticity and relationships, in work and in life.
5. They are not waiting for our permission to dream or do important work.
I hear so often how challenged many are working with the younger generation. How they are afraid of hard work and want everything yesterday. I disagree. I work with young people everyday, and have successfully led these kids and helped them do big things. I love the youth. I love their passion, their hope and their courage to take the road less traveled.
Here are some things we can do to help lift up the next generation.
1. Be honest with them.
2. Share our wisdom.
3. Listen to them.
4. Create a vision of possibilities for them.
5. Love them.
It’s really quite simple, but not at all easy to take the time to understand the people we lead. But that is what leadership is about. It’s about perspective, understanding, vision, lifting others up and creating an environment for our teams to shine.
Of course, there is an alternative, you could just stay angry. Have fun with that.
(shared with LOVE from Nina)
“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
Here is the audio version of this post. Thank you for listening. Enjoy.
So Much Education, So Little Change
As I sit down to write this post, tens of thousands of hairdressers, salon owners and beauty companies are in Orlando for the Premiere Beauty Show, one of the biggest and most beloved shows of the year. So many professionals arrive with the hopes of meeting their hair heroes, getting info on the latest and greatest products, tools, programs, and being inspired and motivated.
My career began when I first attended the International Beauty Show in New York. The moment I stepped foot into the door, I knew my life would never be the same. Many of us have stories like that, and I never tire of hearing them. If you want to hear my story or want to share yours, click here, I would love to hear from you.
Everyday in the pro beauty biz, there are shows, classes, workshops, academies, webinars, DVD’s and books to purchase. And everyday, beauty professionals from around the globe consume these educational opportunities.
So my question for all of us is why then is our industry in trouble? Why have the average salon and hairdressers earnings not increased? Why are we investing so much in education and not seeing any significant change? Why are manufacturers and distributors generating record revenue and profits, and salons and hairdressers are not? It breaks my heart. And is also why Passion Squared exists.
While the answers are not as simple as a blog post, here are some of my reasons and what we can do to begin to change it…
1. Taking Action
As one that has worked in this beautiful biz my entire adult life, 27 years, is see a huge problem with owners and hairdressers actually taking action and following through. Yep, I said it. It’s quite common for us creative types, to be addicted to the inspiration and info, but not taking action on much of what we learn.
We have become addicted to obtaining knowledge, not to executing on the knowledge we are receiving. In order to change that, we must begin to fall in love with taking action. Or finding a partner in our biz that is in love with taking action. There is no way around it. Awesome businesses execute. They are consistent. They are in love with the fundamentals of what makes a business awesome. Period.
2. Technical Skills Include Business
Speaking of addictions, we are also addicted to learning how to be better cutters, colorists and stylists and almost adverse to being better leaders, managers and business owners. And if you are an independent artist, you are a business owner too. If you are not into improving your biz skills, don’t own a business.
3. Love Is Blind
We are in love and enamored with our product lines, manufacturers and distributors. We worship them. We spend thousands of dollars supporting them each month. How are they supporting you? How are they helping you increase traffic to grow your business? A technical color class is great, but how are they helping you attract more color clients? For reals. Not just saying it in an ad campaign.
This would be the first question I ask when deciding which company to partner with. The math is simple: More clients equal more shampoo sales. No more clients, no more shampoo sales. Manufacturers and distributors share in this responsibility. No, they cannot manage your P & L nor should they, but they can help you in many other ways.
4. The Experts
Anyone can call themselves an expert. It’s as easy as slapping the word on a website, business card or Facebook page these days. And boy do we have our fill of experts in the pro beauty biz. Ugh! My post a few months ago, “Buyer Beware” spoke to this. Do your homework. If someone says they are a marketing and social media expert, check out their pages and see how they are doing. Sadly you will find many are talking the talk, but not walking the walk.
If you want to become a better hair cutter, find the person who is known as the best hair cutter. Look at their website, their images, their videos on YouTube and decide for yourself if you want to cut like them. Connect with them on Hairbrained.me and see what they are all about.
If you want to be a better marketer, look for people who market like you want to. People or companies that have actual real life experience doing awesome stuff, the type of stuff you want to create.
As a group, we are a fairly unfocused bunch. I include myself in all of this as I will only speak from my own experiences. We are so addicted to what’s next, we miss the opportunity to actually learn something, implement it, measure it, learn from it, and adjust it.
We move towards what we focus on and we can only focus on one thing at a time. Something to think about next time you sign up for a class, workshop and webinar. What is your plan for taking action on the ideas you learned? To measure the results? To adjust as you measure?
There is no getting around doing the work. And if you want to see a change, a real change in the results of your business, your skills and your life, there’s gotta be some type of plan and commitment on your part to take action.
Real Education Empowers
Education should empower the educated. It should awaken the student. It should create real change. Both the educator and the educated share responsibility for this.
My purpose is to empower the people that I love. That is the also the purpose of Passion Squared. I have a dream that one day, in my lifetime, beauty professionals will be awakened and empowered to make good decisions about their career and business, and earn a good living. Sadly, if we get honest with ourselves, this is just not the reality of our biz. It’s time to change that.
(shared with LOVE from Nina)
“Every company is its own TV station, magazine, and newspaper.”