Your presentation was absolutely outstanding! Several people told me you were the BEST Keynote Speaker we have ever had!
Jan Woodman, Executive Director, The New England Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
Jul 1, 2015

Introducing the New RainmakerThinking Team!


From Bruce

I am thrilled to announce two new additions to the RainmakerThinking team:

Welcome to our new Chief of Operations, Bennett Graff, Ph.D. Bennett comes to us from a long career in publishing and information services, and I know he will help take us to the next level when it comes to delivering the insights from our research to an ever-growing audience of leaders, managers, and supervisors. Bennett will continue our long tradition of bending over backward to provide the very best service to our clients. He can be reached by email at, or by phone at (203) 772-2002, ext. 101.

Welcome also to our new Media Relations Manager, Ms. Liz Richards. Liz comes to us from New York University (where I had the privilege of attending law school, as it happens). Liz has already delighted and impressed many of the journalists who have come to rely on our research as a resource in their reporting, not to mention those of our clients and other interested followers whom Liz has had the chance to support in her work here. She can be reached by email at, or by phone at (203) 772-2002, ext. 110.

Meanwhile, for anyone out there thinking, “Wait! What about Susan?” Not to worry: Susan Ingraham, who has been delivering platinum service to our clients since before the turn of the new Millennium, is still right here at your service. She can be reached by email at, or by phone at (203) 772-2002, ext. 104.

And please, please, please, never hesitate to reach out to me directly. I’m just an email or phone call away at, or (203) 772-2002, ext. 107.

Stay strong!


How to Make Your One-On-Ones Much Better

One-on-ones are where you answer questions, get input from employees, strategize together; provide advice, support, motivation, and even inspiration once in a while. Together with your employees you’ll regularly think through potential obstacles and pitfalls – make back-up planning part of every work-plan. Anticipate and prepare. Train and practice.

It’s just the fundamentals—- practiced consistently with rigor and discipline:


  • set aside an hour a day
  • concentrate on three or four people per day
  • follow a regular format with each person, customized for that person

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Second Wave Millennials: How Do Gen Zers Think About Their Own Work and Career Path?

Gen Zers typically expect their career paths will be erratic and eclectic. For the most part, they are right. Gen Zers will be much less likely than those of prior generations to make long-term uninterrupted careers with one organization. They are also less likely to be exclusively employed by one organization at any given time. And they are less likely to work full-time and on-site. The new default presumption about career success is “one step at a time.”

Gen Zers very likely have a clear vision for their ideal intermediate or longer-term career, but it is very likely a vision centered on location, relationships, and lifestyle:

  • Where do they really want to live?
  • Who do they really want to spend their time with?

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