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Crystal Kadakia
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Crystal Kadakia is a rising thought leader in the world of Gen Y. Her unique message is about the influence of technology on people, rather than generational differences. She critically explores the balance and integration of technology in Gen Y and future generations’ lifestyles, including attitudes, behaviors, and learning/working styles. She’s a chemical engineer by education, turned into a training professional during her corporate experience at a Fortune 500 company, and now owns her own Gen Y Human Capital consulting company, Career Indulgence. Her specialty is two-fold: helping students and education professionals develop life/career skills for teens and consulting for Gen Y talent development (attract, retain, and grow) strategies in companies. She is an invited speaker at events including TEDx and she takes speaking to the next level by providing Gen Y related strategy consulting and training, helping organizations and individuals practically with Gen Y related issues.

Entries by Crystal Kadakia

3 Reasons Why Millennials Remain a Complete Mystery to You

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Do you still talk about Millennials like you just don't get them at your organization? Who are they? What motivates them? Why are their expectations and approaches so different? Millennials are rewriting the rules of the workplace and, like the end of the dinosaur age, the corporate world is struggling...

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What This Millennial Did After Quitting Her Full Time Job

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 6:40 PM

I never thought I would fit the mold of the "typical" Millennial: the constant career changers, the unfocused, indecisive individuals, the entrepreneurs at heart and definitely not the company jumper/quitters. I grew up with the firm idea in my mind that I would work 9-5, for 25+ years at a...

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Digital Ennui Epidemic in the Millennial Generation: Boy Watching TV for First Time

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 1:42 AM

en·nui: änˈwē -- noun; a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.

I love this image of a boy watching TV for the first time. Look at the sheer amazement in his expression. What emotions must he be feeling? Awe, surprise, amazement, curiosity, inspiration,...

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Voice of the Millennial: Workplace Culture Analysis of the Retail/Customer Service Sector

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 4:49 PM

As we learned from our recent guest post author, Bill Latta, the sales industry has always been a tough nut to crack for all generations. Burnout in the sales industry is always an issue, regardless of generation. But as 15 executives shared this week regarding their first jobs,

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3 Things Orgs Can Learn From How History's Biggest Thinkers Spent Their Days

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 7:11 PM

When you think about strategies that make your workforce productive and innovative, how granular have you gotten? We often benchmark companies to learn best practices, but in people management, we rarely benchmark our practices by looking at high-performing individuals. Recently, a few different designers have taken infographics to a new...

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Once and For All: Settling the Debate on Gen Y and Job Longevity

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Article upon article upon article has been written about Gen Y and their quick turnover. I recently read an article in the London Business School that probably sounds familiar. Here's a few highlights:

I had one conversation with a very senior Generation X HR executive who described...

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Blatantly Incorrect Generational Stereotypes: Communication Methods by Generation

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 2:55 PM

Recently I went to a training event where a speaker educated the audience about "generation differences" (read: stereotypes). Have you ever had someone educate you on a theory and in the same presentation, disprove their theory? The number of times I have watched this happen in these generational trainings is...

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The Top 3 Most Impactful Mistakes Managers Make When Managing Millennials

(5) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 9:44 PM

It's a fact: employees leave their manager, not the company. This is as true for Gen Y as it was for previous generations, although, in general, Gen Y employees are more likely to leave companies. The reasons can range from pay to mismatch with work/life goals. However, in every case,...

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The Issue With Gary Vaynerchuk and Applying the 1947 Newspaper Isolation Effect to Today

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Among other hot images making the rounds lately, an image of suit-clad businessmen and women absorbed in newspapers on a subway is garnering support for the idea that minimizes, diminishes and pooh-poohs the impact of technology on our behavior and thoughts. Gary Vaynerchuk, author of The Thank You Economy and...

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Snap Out Of Your Digital Coma!

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 4:21 PM

I recently had a great experience speaking at TEDxSarasota on the topic of Digital Comas. It's a message appropriate for all ages -- the best feedback I got was, "My 9-year-old was hooked on your message -- he understood and related to it, and myself as a 40-year-old got it...

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This Thanksgiving, Thank Your Gen Y's & Gen Y's, Thank Your Baby Boomers

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 4:02 PM

It's that time of year again: Thanksgiving! The concept of Thanksgiving, of appreciation and gratitude, is great. It's a concept we should have every day. Sure, it's a holiday based on a biased, vastly inaccurate interpretation of historical events. But it's the thought that counts. And this year, it's even...

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Escape the Digital Coma: Who Are You When You Close the Laptop?

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 3:09 PM

2013-11-26-download.jpgOr when you turn off the device? This generation is full of cerebral connections and yet, there's a question of depth, personality, multi-sensorial development that remains unanswered. Motivational speakers, coaches, and HR professionals are constantly talking about generational differences - it's...

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