Madeline’s Monthly Article & Musical Tips Blog for July 2013

We want to wish all of our readers a Happy July 4th! Remember to start your day right by listening to Classical music which has the power to improve your mood, make you smarter, help you work faster with more accuracy, improves health and healing, grows healthier plants in fewer days, increases sales in stores, soothes your mind and preventing crime. Included this month are tips to improve your child’s study skills during the summer and several short synopsis of the power of classical music for education and health.

Our article of the month for July 2013: “How to Understand, Motivate, and Reward Your Multi-Generation Team Members at Your Company” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D.

Our blog and Radio Show for July 2013 features Astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman. Did Catherine “Cady” Coleman, Astronaut, research chemist, Air Force officer, Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering, wife, mother and musician play Classical Music and a Concert in the International Space Station, during her 6 months in space?

Our blog features Astronaut Colonel Catherine “Cady” Coleman, Astronaut, research chemist, Air Force officer, Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering, wife, mother and musician.

Astronaut Catherine Coleman while on a 6 month mission on the International Space Station played a musical duet on her flute with Ian Anderson, flutist of the band Jethro Tull on earth in Perm, Russia of the musical piece the “Bourree”. This was the “first Space Earth Duet” concert on April 12, 2011 commemorating 50 years of humans traveling to space beginning with the first Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961 when he was launched into space.

Video from the performance is on NASA’s website: “NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman & Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull Space Flute Duet”

Ian Anderson said after the performance, “Thanks Col. Catherine Coleman in the International Space Station. We should remember that today’s cosmonauts, scientists and astronauts are still every bit the rocket heroes they were 50 years ago.”

Astronaut Coleman says, “It is really different to play up here. I’ve been having the nicest time up in our cupola. I float around in there. A lot of the times I play with my eyes closed.”

Colonel Catherine Coleman, astronaut and Ph.D. brought with her to the International Space Station her flute, a flute of Ian Anderson’s of the band Jethro Tull, an Irish flute and penny whistle from “The chieftains” band to play on during her 6 month in space.

Astronaut Catherine Coleman has played the flute since she was a young child and continues to play back on earth with her band Bandella. The other members of her band are with Steven Robinson, NASA Astronaut, Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and astronaut Don Pettit’s wife Micki Pettit.

How to keep your child’s school skills current during the summer:

  1. This summer find out what programs your library has for your child. Share with your child the joys of reading in your home every evening.
  2. Are you planning to take your child on vacation this summer? How about having a journal for your child to write in about their vacation? Ask them what they learned about each place they visited and what did they enjoy most about each place?
  3. Ask your child to help you cook dinner for the family by having them help you with a recipe. They will be reading and assisting in measuring out ingredients which will help them in both math and science.
  4. The local science and history museums offer classes for children. Find one that will be most interesting to your child.
  5. Flash cards to learn multiplication tables and vocabulary words. Have your child help you make up the Flash Cards in bright colors and letters.

“Watch Out, Bullies: She’s Got the Band Behind Her” (May 8, 2013) by Rachel Rodriguez, CNN. Emmanuela “Mano” Kolman , who has autism, is taking clarinet lessons and has been in the middle school band since last fall. She has become a good student in school and has a whole team of friends in the band. Through taking clarinet lessons and playing in the band she has learned to focus, concentrate, to be disciplined, to have self- esteem, and to work with others as a team. These are the character building traits every student needs to be an excellent student in school.

Mano’s parents, the Kolman’s say, “Her speech has improved and she’s more focused in school, which has led to better grades.” In the band she has found friendship and acceptance.

San Antonio Parkinson’s Patients Find Relief Through by Eileen Gonzales (May 9, 2013) ABC KSAT News12 . Patients with Parkinson’s disease are playing on a Clavinova, a keyboard, and their tremors stop temporarily. In San Antonio, Texas at the local Senior Center they have the class every Wednesday taught by Nurse Dianne Johnson. She heard “how playing music helped wounded warriors deal with pain and decided to try it out with Parkinson’s patients.”

Each participant sits at a Clavinova and there are lights illuminated over the correct keys to play so you do not have to be musically gifted. One of the participants , Judy Binder says, “Basically, you’re following the bouncing ball, but you have to concentrate, you have to think to pick up on the beat and play the key and listen to the music, so you’re multitasking, which is not an easy task for us Parkinson’s patients.”

“MusicMDs Brings Serenity, Joy To Sick Patients” (June 6, 2013) Space Coast , Space Coast Medicine by Maria Sonnenberg. In Melbourne, Florida two teenagers, a brother and sister, Varun and Esha Bansal, discovered when they played music on their violins when their grandmother was sick, she felt better. They began their MusicMD in 2009 playing at nursing homes and hospitals. Their group now includes 15 more teenagers. Some of the musicians are college students and many are from the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. These students have volunteered to play for 1000 hours to help patients fight depression, to decrease their pain, improve their immunity, and to help patients lower their blood pressure through the gift of playing music for them.

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“Madeline’s Midnight Melodies- Music From around the World”. This CD complements her books with a blend of dance music, gigues, tangos, ballet and favorites including “Danny Boy”, Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro”, Debussy’s “Claire De Lune” and others. “Madeline’s Midnight Melodies” is music to relax by and to move by for music therapy. Click here for Madeline Frank’s extended biography, reviews, and excerpts of “Madeline’s Midnight Melodies”. For your CD of “Madeline’s Midnight Melodies” click below:

“Musical Notes On Math” by Dr. Madeline Frank teaches your child fractions and decimals, the fun way, through the rhythm of music, Winner of the Parent To Parent Adding Wisdom Award. For more information click on the following link:

How to Understand, Motivate, and Reward Your Multi-Generation Team Members at Your Company by Dr. Madeline Frank

What are these four diverse generations like? The Mature Generation/WWII believes work is an obligation. Baby Boomers are the workaholics. Generation X are latch key kids who are independent. Generation Y/ Millennial seem like the spoiled and entitled. Let’s look at each generation separately.

The Mature Generation in the Workplace: The Mature /WWII Generation are 67 years or older and were born before 1946. They are dedicated to their jobs. They respect authority, are conformists, honor rules, and believe work is an obligation. This generation places a high value on job security. They have a great deal of knowledge and expertise and do quality work. Their parents survived the 1929 Great Depression, WWII, and Korean War.

Rewards and Feed Back: The Mature Generation values receiving memos that are hand written. As an employer you should give them as incentives awards, plaques, and money. This generation wants to continue learning and growing so remember to continue sending them to courses to help them work smarter to save time. Because of the present economic times they are not retiring.

What about those Baby Boomers in the Workplace? Baby Boomers are the workaholic generation. They are used to spending long hours at work for their careers. They were born between 1946 and 1965 and are 47 to 66 years old. They were raised by their parents to work hard so they could earn the American Dream. Baby Boomers grew up during the Civil Rights movement, President Kennedy’s assassination, and the Vietnam War.

Rewards and Feed Back: Baby Boomers want their feedback in person and like written performance documents to support their work. They want to be rated and have it in writing. Baby Boomers want to be rewarded with money. They have loans and credit cards to pay off. If your company does not have the money then give them a promotion with a title and recognize them in a ceremony in front of the other employees.

Baby Boomers want to continue learning and growing so remember to continue sending them to courses to help them work smarter and help them continue to work and grow. Because of the present economic times Baby Boomers are not retiring.

Generation X in the Workplace: Generation X, the latch key kids are used to working independently. They are 36 to 47 years old and were born between 1965 and 1981.

Many of their parents were divorced with 2 family incomes as both parents worked. These kids were used to coming home and doing their homework on their own and doing their chores without being told to do them.

Generation X wants a work life balance. This generation is willing to work hard and wants to work for a successful marriage that eluded their parents. These are independent folks with families they want to spend time with and they appreciate money as they are buying homes. They also want to have fun at their work place. They are good with computers, cell phones and technology.

Feedback and Rewards: They want immediate direct feedback so if something is wrong they can fix it immediately. They are hard workers who do not need to be supervised.

Generation X wants to continue learning and growing so remember to send them to courses to help them work smarter and improve their knowledge.

The fourth generation of workers in the workplace are Generation Y/ Millennial. They were born between 1982 and 2000 and are ages 18-35. They grew up with technology and want work to be a fun place to be. They are goal oriented and want to do meaningful work that is important to the company they are working for. Some may think that Generation Y seems like the spoiled and entitled generation, but that’s not true. They need to be supervised and motivated in a structured and stable environment with immediate feedback and praise. They want to work in a fun environment.

Generation Y may have held as many as 10 jobs. Don’t let that disturb you. Many of these companies have gone under. Generation Y are looking to find a job that fits their talents and needs. They want to have meaningful work. This generation is good at multitasking.

If another company is offering them an extra 50 cents an hour they will want to change jobs for the extra money. Show them the benefits of staying with your company and how they can grow and learn new skills to advance in your company. Offer them educational opportunities to improve their skills.

Many businesses have hired Generation Y employees and have on their first day of work trained them on how they want them to dress, serve their customers, and taught them about the safety equipment at their businesses.

Feedback & Praise: Generation Y needs supervision and immediate feedback and praise. It’s important to impose stability and structure to reassure and motivate this generation to work as a team. They are eager to be motivated and involved and make a difference in your company. Communicate with them by text, e-mail, or voice mail.

The Power of First Impressions on Generation Y’s First Day of Work: A friend of mine’s son in Generation Y became an electrical apprentice when he was 19. On his first day of employment, the minute he arrived for work, his electrical employer handed him a company shirt, hard hat, safety glasses and other equipment. His employer immediately modeled for him how to wear his clothes and use his safety equipment to protect himself and the building he would be working in. Each of the new employees/team members were taught on their first day, the minute they arrived, what the rules were, how to dress, and how to use their safety equipment.

At a local Brazilian Steak House the management trains its Generation Y staff and servers for a month on how they are to dress, treat and serve their customers. Also each team member is taught how to safely use all the equipment in the restaurant to keep themselves and their customers safe. Once they begin working in the restaurant they are tested daily as each table of guests are handed a computer with a short survey on how well the servers and staff members handled their meal.

Remember Generation Y needs to be supervised and motivated in a structured and stable environment. They also need immediate feedback and praise. They want to do meaningful and important work to make a difference in your company. Send them to courses to help them work smarter, faster, and improve their knowledge. They want to work in a fun environment. Don’t we all wish to work in a fun and pleasant environment?

Four Generations of Team members working in Harmony: How can you, successfully run a business with your four generations of team members?

Recently I took my car to the Sears Tire Store as my front passenger tire had a slow leak in it. I had just been to the local car dealer to get an oil change and they said, “You will need a new tire which will cost you $280 plus tax, $140 for the tire and $140 for the labor. You cannot patch this tire again.” I left and went to Sears.

At the Sears Tire store I waited in line to speak to an associate. One associate, J, a Baby Boomer in his 50’s, was speaking to a customer and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Mature, around 70 years of age. When the associate looked up this customer’s record he said, “Your tires are 10 years old.”

My thinking was “he sure got his monies worth out of those tires!”

J’s customer, Mr. Mature asked, “Is the manager in?” Associate J said, “The Manager’s at a meeting.”

A few minutes later the manager walked in and smiled at this customer. The manager of the store was from Generation X, around 42 years old. She spoke to Mr. Mature in a pleasant friendly manner and convinced him to purchase four new tires.

The other associate was from Generation Y/ Millennial, was in his early 20’s. He was speaking to a customer in Generation X around 44 years old.

Each associate treated their customers politely with respect and with a strong desire to help their customers. Each generation was connecting to the other generation without any problems.

When it was my turn, the Generation Y associate T, asked for my name, year of my car and my phone number and zip code. His fingers flew across the key board and he found my information within seconds. T was very computer savvy. He smiled and said, “Your tires were purchased here in 2009 and you bought a policy on them. Let’s go look at your tire and see if we can’t double patch it. Triple A of Tidewater does not have this ability and neither does your car dealer.”

We went outside to look at my front right tire and he said, “We can double patch it and rotate your tires.” I asked, If he thought I needed to replace it as some of the tires had a very small amount of rot on them.”

T said, “When tires are out in the elements it cannot be helped. This happens and your tires are still in good shape. We will patch the tire and rotate your tires. It will not cost you anything as you already purchased the warranty.”

I should add that I am a Baby Boomer, born between 1946 and 1965. I sure was glad I bought my warranty. I waited in the store lounge and read several magazines on how to manage your multi-generational work force. After reading two articles, T came in smiling and said, “Your car is ready. Take a look at the patch we removed. We double patched it and rotated your tires.”

After signing that the work was completed, T said, “If you go online and fill out our customer satisfaction form, you will receive a reduced oil change coupon.”

I left the store and after work that night, filled out their Sears Tire customer survey form. I was really impressed how this store manager ran her store so successfully, with her multi-generational team members. Her employees were polite, respectful, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.

A few days after my visit to the Sears Tire Store I called and spoke to the store manager, Ms. L. I told her what a wonderful job her multi-generational team members did. “She was delighted to hear that!”

By remembering and understanding your 4 generations of employees wants and needs you too can learn to motivate and have a successful team at work. Start today to build your successful team of four generations of workers by using the principles and tools shared in this article.

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