The Eagles & Apprenticeships

August 3, 2017
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I've Been Thinking

Last weekend I went to Classic West – an amazing weekend of six classic bands at Dodger Stadium including The Doobie Brothers, Eagles, Journey, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan and Earth, Wind & Fire. What a lineup! Aside from amazing music and fabulous floor seats (we were two rows back from David Spade!), we were also able to meet up with family and friends. While I adore Journey, I have to admit the best act of the weekend was the Eagles.

Classic West featuring the Eagles

This was the Eagles first concert since Glenn Frey’s sudden passing in 2016, and they made it a tribute to him. Don Henley said he wasn’t interested in performing if Glenn’s son didn’t take his dad’s place, so he did. He did an amazing job and sounded just like his father. The emotional, generational apprenticeship was a clear success. The Eagles also brought Vince Gill and Bob Seger to join their session. A great jam among classic musicians who have known and learned from each other for decades.

A tip to implement this week: 

Are you thinking about apprenticeships for your business? There are many reasons you should be incorporating apprenticeship programs, regardless of your industry. Especially relevant, as baby boomers retire, who will take over? Does the new workforce possess the breadth of experience and skill sets that will be required? Who will train them?

We don’t often see apprenticeships except within professional trades. Why is that? I can see many opportunities for these types of programs among my clients. Take a step back and think outside the box. What type of training, education, mentoring and/or apprenticeship programs would be most effective at your company to ensure a smooth transition from the baby boomer generation to the Gen X, Y, and Millennial workforce? It isn’t an all or nothing proposition – so think about which roles are better suited to which programs.

Finally, I’d love to hear your feedback – how has an apprenticeship worked or not worked for you in past? Let me know in the comments or via email anytime!

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