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The Great Millennial Hoax- Why Most Millennial Experts are Wrong and What to Do Instead (Recorded Webinar)

by | Aug 24, 2016 | By Karin Hurt, Winning Well |

Whether you’re a veteran leader or a millennial recently promoted into a leadership role, leading your younger team members can feel like an endless struggle.

Why don’t they understand?

Why aren’t they motivated?

Why won’t they put in the time?

To make it worse, instead of making life easier, much of the advice you get from generational “experts” can actually make the situation worse.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Your younger team members can be an incredible source of talent, energy, and productivity. I joined up with internationally recognized leadership experts, David Dye and Michael Teoh to share perspectives and insights on getting the most from your millennial team members.

We discussed:

  • What you really need to know to develop your millennial talent
  • How ordinary people have transformed their lives to achieve success
  • Keys to cultivate motivated, energized teams that get more done, solve problems on their own, and make everyone around them better.

The Great Millennial Hoax is the first of a series of collaborative events with Michael.

So please let us know your questions and ideas for future topics!

Michael Teoh (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is the Founder of Thriving Talents, a ‘Millennials-focused’ Talent Development company which delivers training and consultancy for Fortune 500 companies across 39 countries, in the areas of Attracting, Managing, Retaining & Motivating Millennials. He has shared the stage with other notable business icons like Sir Richard Branson, Sir Bob Geldof and even presented a workshop in the presence of President Barack Obama. His new book is The Potential Matrix.

Karin Hurt (Baltimore, MD) is a top leadership consultant, keynote speaker, and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers.

David Dye (Denver, CO) is a leadership keynote speaker, former nonprofit executive, elected official, award-winning author, and president of Trailblaze, Inc., a leadership training and consulting firm. Karin and David co-authored Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results Without Losing Your Soul.

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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


  1. LaRae Quy

    What a great topic, Karin! I love the leadership team that you’ve pulled together…a must for millennials and leadership of all ages.

    And congratulations on your Southeast Asia tour—you are Winning Well!

    • Karin hurt

      Thanks so much LaRae,
      We are having a blast working with Winning Well leaders around the world. We’re really excited for the Asia tour!

  2. Justin

    Admittedly I did not watch the whole video. I did hear a lot about sales and marketing in the first 20 min.

    Here’s sales in three sentences:

    See a need. Fill a need. Make the sale.

    Source: I used to sell REALLY expensive software in three languages in over 12 countries and now run a mid-sized international business of my own creation with clients like Amazon and US Federal Government.

    There is nothing “wrong” per se in this vid, it just occurs to me as A LOT of talking to outline one simple sales concept.

    People are people, regardless of generations. We want and need the same things. I am of the mind that the best salespeople know this and know how to speak to people in such a way that shows them they get their needs, who they are as individuals and organizations, etc.

    Millennials are people. Boomers are people. Xers are people.

    We divide things up to much in America. Obsessed with identity.

    Perhaps it’s time to let it go and move on to more interesting things.

    One middle-aged guy’s 2 cents.


    • Karin Hurt

      Thanks for weighing in. You heard our main message…. people are people, get to know them, understand them, help them understand you. It does seem so simple, and YET…. David and I are constantly asked to help companies who are struggling to Win Well across generations. Opening up communication and developing a clear path forward really does make a difference.



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