Reach - Resources & News for Evolving Organizations

Consultants to Organizations | September 2013



The last issue of Reach brought an interesting look at how others might see us.  Self-reflection can be an important development tool. If you missed it, please click here.   This month we delve into what some think of as a hard-to-figure group of employees - millennials! Turns out they might not be so different after all. In addition, we encourage you to check out our new Culture Calculator, a tool designed to get to the heart of your organization's culture and provide guidance and direction as to the steps you can take to reach the next level of success!

Is Gen Y really that different?


Prevailing thought would have employers believe that Millennials, also known as Gen Y, require some really specific and special care and feeding.  Maybe not, actually.  Turns out some of the characteristics that make this group different are shared by all employees.  Dharmesh Shah, founder of HubSpot, outlines some common assumptions about Gen Y in a recent blog post and then discusses the similarities of these traits and characteristics to all generations.  That generalization that millennials are hungry for feedback?  Well everyone wants feedback, don't they?  Everyone wants to know how they're doing and how they can improve.  Gen Y values clarity and easy access to information?  Everyone wants to feel that they are participants in the processes around them, particularly those that impact their work.  The real difference in Gen Y might be that this group of employees demands and expects these things, rather than just wanting or hoping for them.  We think they're on to something!

And speaking of millenials...


Perhaps the demands mentioned above aren't being met.  Despite a recent Financial Times poll cited in a recent issue of Time magazine stating that 47% of North America's millennials think that their country's "best days" are ahead (a pretty optimistic group!), Gen Y employees are leaving their jobs in higher numbers than other groups, according to an HR Executive article.  What can you do to keep your turnover low among this cohort?  Focus on what they are demanding, and work to meet those demands!  As discussed above, for millennials, some things are non-negotiable.  Flexible work environments, meaningful work, open communications and continuous feedback.  We could all benefit from a focus on these things in the workplace.

The Culture Calculator

Is your culture built for success? Try our free Culture Calculator tool to pinpoint how to take your organization to the next level of success!  This assessment will:

  • Uncover obstacles to success that may be at the root of past lack-luster results.
  • Identify misalignment between overarching organizational goals and current strategies.
  • Determine missing elements that will significantly improve results from both organizational development and HR initiatives.
  • Create clarity and a proactive path for the future.

Click here to take our FREE online assessment followed by a complimentary 30-minute phone call during which we'll discuss together which action steps will have the most value in terms of your desired bottom-line results.


Ready to Start? Take Me to the Culture Calculator NOW!


Simply click on the link above and you'll be taken directly to the Culture Calculator where you'll find complete instructions and the link to begin the assessment.

New Service!

The Singer Group in collaboration with DRW  now provides coaching services to executive women, 50 years and older - click here to learn more.

Stretch Beyond

Find out how Leadership Coaching can support you in guiding your organization toward its mission.


Learn about Leadership Coaching

Stay tuned for our next issue of REACH for more useful and timely HR and OD news.  

Please feel free to share this quick follow-up to our monthly newsletter with anyone you think might benefit.  And, as always, be sure to share your thoughts with us on our blog  and Facebook page. 


To reaching success,

Paula Singer, Laura Francisco & Lorraine Kituri

Paula M. Singer, Laura Francisco & Lorraine Kituri


The Singer Group, Inc.


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What's New?
  • Our colleague Miriam Pollack is offering Career Coaching, Resume and Interviewing Skills Development.  Miriam has conducted more than 30 successful searches for library directors and key staff and can help you present your best self.  For more information, contact Miriam by email or at 847-272-5011.
  • The Singer Group was named one of the Baltimore Business Journal's Fastest-Growing Women Owned Businesses... read more
  • Lorraine and Paula are coaching leaders to excellence.
  • Culture change, organizational restructuring and enhancing effectiveness are the goals of several projects.
  • The Singer Group is supporting the HR work in a merger.
  • We are working with large organizations on the east and west coasts to develop competencies to align performance with strategy.
  • Tedd is also working with a large, unionized library system to streamline and enhance its recruitment process.
  • Paula and Lorraine are working with organizations in Maryland and Oklahoma on employee engagement and culture assessments.
  • We are also facilitating board retreats, updating or creating new compensation systems, designing an upward evaluation system, assessing HR process ...

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