Frederick Lamster

Frederick Lamster
The Importance of Purpose: Value and Volunteerism in the Modern Workplace, Part 2

It's not always a foregone conclusion that those who wish to give their time and energy to a cause can find an opportunity to do so. We've recently offered our time to the academic world as “volunteers” to share our corporate experiences with college students, but haven't been able to “sell” the concept with any consistent results. We believe that most colleges are lacking in the ability to prepare students for the true challenges of the business world, and those who have spent the last 20 years or 30 years successfully managing the shifting sands of the work world offer perspective and experience.

The Importance of Purpose: Value and Volunteerism in the Modern Workplace

We recently attended a leadership and development conference that focused on several nontraditional learning issues impacting the current workplace. We were impressed with some of the messages and several of the speakers. One in particular, Aaron Hurst, resonated because he spoke of the importance of purpose in a world increasingly hard to make sense of…

Anyone Thinking About Tolerance and Empathy in the Workplace?

It may seem to be something of a cliché, but it's nonetheless true: now that communication is driven by social media and technology, many feel they can “say” anything that's on their mind, no matter how politically incorrect (a popular expression these days) the message may be. This is an issue that really touches all…

Why Changing Course ‘Later’ in Your Career Life is Actually a Good Idea, Part 1

Recently, we co-authored an article about baby boomers and millennials, and how and why they do or don’t co-exist in the workplace. This article is actually an outgrowth of our prior research, as well as the lack of substantive research around the topic. Our research for this article leads us to rethink the ways that…

Can Multigenerations Coexist in the Workplace? Part 3

Below is part three of a three-part series that Total Retail Executive has published over the past three weeks. Here are parts one and two to get you caught up. Blending in the Workplace Can the 50-plus generation and millennials coexist in the workplace? Absolutely. And as argued in part two of this series, companies benefit from…

Can Multigenerations Coexist in the Workplace? Part 2

Below is part two of a three-part series that Total Retail Executive will be publishing over three weeks. You can read part one here. Millennials There's no doubt that millennials are now the most active part of the U.S. workforce and are motivated by “different” forces than baby boomers. In summary, millennials don't remember a…

Can Multigenerations Coexist in the Workplace? Part 1

Below is part one of a three-part series that Total Retail Executive will be publishing over the next three weeks.  Within the last two years, there has been a proliferation of analysis about millennials and what motivates them, how they perform in the workplace and what their impact is on workforce culture. This always includes…

Retail Succession Planning: Now and Then

Succession planning has always been an important discussion topic for every thoughtful or “planful” retail company. However, with the paradigm shift taking place in the industry, the importance of the process and of making it more than talk has become critical for several reasons. Not only is the current generation of retail leadership retiring in…

Organization Planning in a Troubled Retail Sector: 6 Keys to Success

As we head into Q2, most HR teams are thinking about the performance review process and the resultant discussion around past year performance in a difficult cycle. It's time to assess organizational and individual performance and make talent decisions for the near and long term. However, the best chief human resource officers (CHROs) are thinking…

The Evolving Role of the Merchant

Merchants were once the only critical players in the retail industry. Their ability to drive the business by understanding the customer and predicting customer behavior made them invaluable to their organizations. However, now that “omnichannel” retailing is the new reality, the merchant’s role is rapidly changing. A merchant must now also be able to absorb enhanced analytics and work even more closely with design and marketing applications to understand and adapt to trends that satisfy quickly changing customer tastes.