Leadership and Multi-Generational
Communications Expert | Professor | Musician



Leadership and Multi-Generational
Communications Expert | Professor | Musician

Learn More About Lee McCroskey


Director of Leadership

As an undergrad, Lee traveled 1,000 miles away from home and ran his own business selling educational books with Southwestern Advantage—a century-old, direct-sales program. Lee was a top salesperson in his first summer, and over the next seven years, was a top experienced salesperson, recruiter, and manager each year.

Lee was promoted within Southwestern Advantage to Director of Marketing and Sales Development and eventually became the Director of Leadership Development worldwide. He helped train more than 100,000 college students over the course of 36 years.

Rock Star or Professor?

Though he studied astronomy and meteorology as an undergrad, Lee received a master’s degree in English from the University of Kansas. He served as a mild-mannered lecturer in the English department by day and as a member of a touring glam rock band by night—complete with pyrotechnics and makeup. His band recently finished their final reunion concert after playing together for 45 years.

Lee taught at Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management and is currently a professor at two universities in Nashville, teaching business, literature, and communication courses.

He also trains and competes with the U.S. Masters swim team. He is a deacon at his church, a certified storm spotter, and a face reader. His wife is a physician at Vanderbilt Medical Center, and they have three grown children who enjoy rock music and correcting people’s grammar.


Managing the Millennials

Millennials, the age group born roughly between 1980 and 1996, have had many complaints raised against them. They always need positive reinforcement. They are impatient and demanding. They have no respect for title or authority.

Lee’s answer to these complaints? It depends. It depends on your understanding of their background (we raised them, by the way). It depends on how you can leverage their strengths. It depends on your flexibility as a manager. Different generations have
different values!

Lee’s presentation focuses on developing a better understanding of how millennials grew up and how they think differently than older generations. He offers strategies on how to win in a multi-generational workplace.

The Next Wave in your Workplace—Generation Z

 The next age group to hit your workplace will be Gen Z, those born between 1995 and 2012. What will this post-Millennial generation look like? Who are they? How will they impact our workplace? How can you prepare to lead them effectively?

Having trained and worked with four generations in the workplace, Lee shares insights that will help your organization understand Gen Z and lead them successfully.

They say there are three types of organizations: those that watch things happen, those that make things happen, and those that say, “What happened?” Get ahead of the generational curve and prepare for this wave that will affect your bottom line.

From Success to Significance

Life is hectic. Few of us take time to reflect. People often wake up in the middle of their careers feeling burnout and loss of control. This seminar allows you to take a step back, take a breath, and consider where you are in your career and life trajectory. Are you killing it or is it killing you? Who are you now? How are you and your team doing? Do you lead a purposeful, intentional life, or is your life running you?

This participative and engaging presentation will allow your team members to stop, think, and ponder where they are. They will reassess where they’re going and the type of people they’ve become.

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