Millennials are the Hardest Working Generation

Let’s get this out of the way. We are going to indulge in some stereotypes throughout this conversation. Not everyone is exactly the same! Not all Millennials are tech-savvy Twitter mongrels. Not all Boomers are old, stodgy authoritarians. Everybody is an individual, so you can’t continually try to shove people into a box and blindly…


What Improv Comedy Taught Me About Leadership

“What in the heck did I just get myself into?” That’s what I kept asking myself a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t shake the feeling I had made a huge mistake. I was standing in a small room about the size of my old college dorm room, staring at 16 complete strangers as they…


Matt Havens - Generation Z Article

Stop Blaming Gen Z for Being Impatient

A few weeks ago I got into a conversation with a friend about, of all things, costumes. My two girls are constantly getting dressed up in funny costumes. They love it! And why shouldn’t they?! Wouldn’t you like trading in your slacks and buttoned-down shirts for a wardrobe where your only choices are Cookie Monster,…


Matt Havens Leadership Perception

How Perception Influences Performance Reviews – Part II

Reflections from Middle Management Managing how others perceive you and ensuring you’ve got a positive brand sucks, but unfortunately, you don’t get the option to act like perception doesn’t exist   Last month, we spent some time talking about how others’ perception of you can influence the performance review conversation in the workplace.  As promised, I…


How perception influences performance reviews

How Perception Influences Performance Reviews

Reflections from Middle Management If you’re at all like me, then you’re probably wondering how it’s already November and we’re almost done with 2017. I know. It’s crazy. You may also be wondering why we eat pizza inside-out while all other food is consumed outside-in. Think about it….. But seriously, time is flying. If you…


Matt Havens Virtual Leadership

Virtual Leadership – Leading Across and Beyond Your Team

Reflections from Middle Management Hi everybody! And welcome to the start of fall! Football has returned to TV, pumpkin spice lattes are back to being the official “Drink of America,” and the kids are fully back into the swing of school while parents adjust to the new school year schedule. It’s an awesome time of…


Matt Havens Business Sports Analogies Article

Business Success Through Sports Analogies

During a recent conversation with a mentor of mine, I was discussing a project we just completed and going through some self-reflection on how the project went. Did we accomplish our goal? Why/why not? If given the opportunity again, would I do it any differently? On this particular project, I wasn’t satisfied with the result,…


Attracting (And Then Keeping) your Top Millennial Talent

Attracting (And Then Keeping) Your Top Millennial Talent

Hi everyone! I hope by now you’ve all adjusted to either “life without kids in school” or “exactly the same as yesterday, but warmer”. In other words, SUMMER!! Easily my favorite season of the year, it’s half the reason we moved from the Midwest to Dallas a few years ago. (The other half was so…


Matt Havens Personal Development Speaker Article

What I Learned at Improv Night

You’d think with a title like that I might be telling you about my first time performing improv. I’d share my escapades trying to find a joke to connect the word “elephant” with what was transpiring on stage. The crowd – half drunk and excited to be out in public with other adults instead of…