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The Gardian Blog

The Gardian Blog, featured in Alltop and Association Universe, serves as a rich content library that illuminates topics and issues of importance to the association community, particularly as they relate to professional development.

The Millennial Scapegoat

Millennials are blamed for quite a few things these days: the death of chain restaurants, the decline of home sales and demanding a better work-life balance than what a majority of professional jobs offer today. If mainstream publications are to be believed, the largest and most diverse generation in American history is utterly destroying the economy.

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Bright Idea: Caught on camera

As teachers retire, in come younger educators, many of whom have grown up with some sort of technology in their lives. And so, professional development should reflect their learning styles. Understanding that, the Colorado Education Association recently introduced video observation and feedback into its teacher training and learning program.

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Meetings are more about talking, less about technology

While future business leaders appreciate the power of technology to enhance knowledge and facilitate life’s simplest tasks, technology shouldn’t overshadow the important role of meetings, finds a new report by Imago Venues.

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Professional development for millennials (and everyone else too)

It’s a myth that millennials feel entitled to a better title and more pay for simply doing their jobs. Yes, they have expectations – they expect for a job to present them with opportunities for growth; they expect to be able to learn and gain valuable experience; and they expect to make a difference in the world.

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Inclusivity: It’s more than words

Exclusion doesn’t just happen on the playground; it occurs in just about every social and professional setting. And as such, it’s time for a culture change, says Elizabeth Engel, chief strategist for Spark Consulting, and Sherry Marts, president and CEO of S*Marts Consulting.

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Navigating the millennial maze

Increasingly, it seems businesses are turning to post-graduation internships to fill slots left vacant by retiring Baby Boomers. And, of course, summer is prime internship time for current college students. And just in time, The Muse has released an e-book on millennials to help employers navigate the millennial maze.

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