Gary Trainor has lead 19 companies successfully. But this is his “Ritz Carlton” of Human Capital Management and might be his biggest yet. And Millennials have a lot to do with it.

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Gary Trainor has lead 19 companies successfully. But this is his “Ritz Carlton” of Human Capital Management and might be his biggest yet. And Millennials have a lot to do with it.

Show Notes

“All about me” and 3 other misconceptions baby boomers have of millennials  [00:33]

On taming the ego and, thus, making better decisions  [02:54]

The “Would you tell your mother?” test  [04:44]

Two tips for making sure institutional knowledge gets shared within a company  [06:17]

How did Viventium get its name?  [09:07]

Why work at Viventium?  [12:35]

What does Gary look for in a future leader?  [13:57]

One of the greatest compliments: “Tell me what you think about this?”  [14:19]

How do you create a competitive advantage?  [15:15]

Why Gary thinks this is an exciting time for human capital management (HCM)  [16:58]

What makes predictive analytics such a crucial tool for management?  [18:09]

Two attributes Gary wants in a successor  [19:26]

On getting millennials to trust you as a leader  [20:32]

Gary talks about the desire to create something exceptional that moves him forward  [22:17]

Gary’s “Dad’s Rules for Success,” a set of guidelines he wrote for his son and daughter when they graduated from college  [23:15]

 

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Quotes

If you look at the great breakthrough ideas, they created a product that didn’t exist. – Gary Trainor

Preserve what’s worked well, but don’t become static. – Gary Trainor

I think you clearly have to walk the talk and, as a leader, if you say this is what’s important to us, then you have to show it because people watch what you do. – Gary Trainor

For me, personally, it’s about creating a legacy; and I want people in our company to be part of that. – Gary Trainor

One of my goals in management is: I want people to say, “When I worked with Gary Trainor, I did my best work.” – Gary Trainor

Find out what’s the most important thing in the company and find a way to get on that. – Gary Trainor

Find out how the company measures success and get aligned with that. – Gary Trainor

 

Links and Mentions

HLW Episode 53: Interview with Gary Trainor, Part 1

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