Vianova Interviews CLO Dan Negroni

Earlier this week, the founder and president of ViaNova sat down to talk to our Chief Launch Officer, Dan Negroni, about launchbox and the millennial generation. The result is an awesome article on Vianova’s blog!

In the interview, Dan discusses how managers can harness the power of the millennial generation and the inevitable changes in the workforce. Check out the article and let us know what you think!

Are Company Dress Codes Getting Too Casual?

 

Business casual or “flip flop Fridays”, THAT is the question.

Recently, there has been a trend in many companies to ‘loosen the ties’ on corporate dress codes, so to speak. Many innovative companies, like Google, Apple, and Facebook, are ditching the suits in exchange for a more laid-back dress code. The thought behind the change is that the more relaxed dress code will inspire innovation and creativity. If you have seen The Intership, then you know how relaxed and innovative the Google headquarters are, so it should come as no surprise that employees dress casually with very few restrictions. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, was recently spotted at a conference wearing open toed Nike sandals and slouchy jeans. These successful CEOs would rather have employees focus on the work the are doing than if their clothes are work appropriate.

We, at launchbox, believe in being comfortable and have no formal dress code, although all employees consistently show up looking put together. Outfits are never sloppy, but the laid-back dress code allows employees to fell comfortable in the office. We would rather focus on getting work done than spend time enforcing dress code rules.

However, while innovation is desirable, is it wise to ditch the formal dreads in more corporate offices? Should the partners of a law firm be sporting baseball caps and clever graphic tees? There is definitely a line between causal and sloppy, but where is that line drawn, and who draws it? How do we decide between looking professional and being comfortable? Do we have to choose?

This Fast Company article addresses many of those questions, and poses a few more. We would love to know what you think!

Top 7 Great Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

launchbox is all about asking questions! We firmly believe in the 80/20 rule: talking for only about 20% of the interview and asking insightful questions. Interviewers already have your resume, so you should stop talking about yourself and ask the important questions.

One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked is ‘if I am supposed to be asking questions, what kind should I be asking?” Are some questions better than others? YES!

Careerbliss.com asked hiring managers what was the most impressive question they have received. Here are the best 7 answers that could totally get you hired.

Check these out and try them at your next interview!

 

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Can the Millennial Generation Revolutionize the Legal World?

At launchbox, we totally believe in the power of millennials! Millennials are innovative, collaborative, and always looking to improve. Some might categorize millennials as lazy, but as Bill Gates once said, “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because they will find an easy way to do it”. Millennials are not satisfied with the status quo and have a drive to be the best they can be while improving their communities. Millennials are great assets to many companies that are open to innovation and change.

 

Many law firms are having difficulties embracing these innovations. The Dean of the Michigan State law school says, “Legal education has been stronger on tradition than innovation” and many follow the unspoken rule ‘if it ‘aint broke, don’t fix it’. People often have a certain image of a lawyer, and ‘a bright eyed 22 year old who would rather look something up online than in a giant bound leather book’ is probably not that picture.

 

That being said, times are changing, Companies, including law firms, need to be hiring millennials because they make up a large part of the workforce. How can law firms embrace the new generation without giving up their traditions and values? The New York Times writes a very interesting article about how they could do just that.

5 New Surprising Findings About Millennials – OPEN Forum

These findings confirm our research and experience working with millennials!

Many people associate Gen Y with lazy, un-loyal, technology-focused kids that are a challenge to manage. While some millennials may associate with one or more of these behaviors, we believe (and have the research to back it) that millennials are great assets in the workplace.

This article outlines 5 really interesting facts that break the common misconceptions associated with Gen Y. Learn how your misconceptions of this younger generation could actually help businesses, especially in relating to the increasing number of millennials in in the workplace.  Read for more info!

https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/5-new-findings-that-will-surprise-you-about-millennials/

Is this your idea of training Millennials?

Click here to see a funny video. Is this really what we have to look forward from millennials?  I say absolutely not.  Ask us why and how you can avoid this exaggerated perception of the new workforce.