We had the privilege of conducting a webinar with John Spence, the author of “Awesomely Simple.” A business consultant and speaker, he has worked with all sorts of organizations, including Fortune 100 companies.

If you weren’t able to listen in, here are three takeaways we think are especially relevant.

1. Millennials are upping our expectations of company culture.

John laid out nine key elements of a positive culture. Many of these you would expect, such as fair treatment and having an atmosphere where people care about each other. But the most interesting aspect of this list is John recently introduced two new ones, and we can thank our millennials for them:

  • Meaning: They want to make a difference.
  • Results: They want this meaning to translate into progress.

Essentially, these two new elements boil down to one thing: Value addition. Millennials want to feel their organization is doing important work, and they are directly contributing to it.

2. Trust in employees is not just about competence.

John outlines the reasons we trust our fellow colleagues to get things done. His assertion is that there are two necessary factors. The first, unsurprisingly, is competence. The second is concern, which is not as self-evident. Does the employee care about the work they are doing? We all know that one co-worker who is clearly really smart, but just doesn’t give a sh*t. John reminds us that if we don’t trust them, we shouldn’t work with them.

3. Keep on reading’!

John’s extensive knowledge does not exclusively come from his own experience; he reads a lot. It is so important in cultivating a nuance to your work. You don’t have to stay within the association bubble, either.

I lead AssociationSuccess.org,and I do so with the fiercest of passion. Along my journey, I have been lucky to meet association professionals who choose this field because they believe in its power, and dedicate their time to furthering it. It is my job to bring these people together to solve problems, and this is the very core of my raison d’etre!

I lead AssociationSuccess.org,and I do so with the fiercest of passion. Along my journey, I have been lucky to meet association professionals who choose this field because they believe in its power, and dedicate their time to furthering it. It is my job to bring these people together to solve problems, and this is the very core of my raison d’etre!

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