Rising Adult Professionals: Stand-Up, Stand-Out, and Succeed with Julie Lythcott-Haims & Mark Zides

Original Air Date Wednesday, June 15, 2022 

Today’s job market is a stark contrast to the job market of 20-years ago. Millennials and Gen Z’ers who are entering the workforce have different ideas about what makes a successful career and a happy work life. Young adults who are empowered with the right tools to problem solve for themselves will be major assets for the organizations they join. How long they maintain a position will be up to the organization to foster their talent and the ability of the young adult professional to rise to find different opportunities within the same organization.

To discover how young adults entering the workforce can build a foundation of trust and commitment to achieve work/life success, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors about how young adult professionals can stand-up, stand-out, and succeed. Julie Lythcott-Haims is a New York Times bestselling author and former Stanford Dean of Freshman. She explores the role parents can play in raising empowered young adults and other reflections from her book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult. Mark Zides is the CEO of CoreAxis Consulting and a serial entrepreneur. He discusses the core concepts he provides to young adults in his book, The #PACE Process for Early Career Success.

Julie Lythcott-Haims — The Journey to Adulthood:

  • The components on the journey to adulthood. [1:55]
  • In her book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, Julie shares the benefits of the empowering tool that is loving oneself. [3:29]
  • Julie tells her empowering story of doing mindfulness work. [5:17]
  • Gen Z has been raised to appreciate differences far more than previous generations. [9:13]
  • Overprotective parents can cause anxiety in children. [10:32]
  • Lisa and Julie share their parenting experiences and the lessons they’ve learned. [19:44]
  • Julie explains terms from her book, Your Turn, get out of neutral, and the tragedy of unused potions. [25:01]

Julie Lythcott-Haim, guest of podcast episode about professionals with Mark ZidesJulie Lythcott-Haims is the former Stanford dean of freshmen, author of the New York Times bestseller How to Raise an Adult, and of the lauded memoir Real American. She holds degrees from Stanford, Harvard Law, and California College of the Arts. Julie believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. Her work encompasses writing, speaking, teaching, mentoring, and activism. She lives in San Francisco with her partner of over thirty years, their itinerant young adults, and her mother.

Book: Your Turn: How to Be an Adult


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Mark Zides — Rising Adult Professionals:

  • Mark describes the purpose of his book, The #PACE Process for Early Career Success, and who we wrote it for. [30:59]
  • The #PACE process is designed to assist young adults when they enter the workforce. [32:06]
  • The importance of cleaning up a social profile before applying for work. [35:17]
  • Traits and behaviors Millennials and Gen Z’ers bring to the workforce. [37:29]
  • Tapping into unknown opportunities to unlock success. [45:36]
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses and how it impacts a professional life. [51:03]

Mark Zides, guest of podcast episode about professionals with Julie Lythcott-HaimsMark Zides is the founder and CEO of CoreAxis Consulting, an award-winning Learning and Development, and Talent Management firm. He is also the founder of Katama, an agency specializing in sales strategy, marketing, and customer success for small-to-medium sized businesses, and Recipi, a digital marketing agency for rental event equipment companies

Book: The #PACE Process for Early Career Success



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“Turn to your young adult and say this is your journey. Be their champion.” @LisaKamen on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet “How do you know if you cook your life at 375 or 400? Well, you pick one temperature and see how it goes.” @LisaKamen on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Finding a creative, earnest way to market yourself is an important way to stand out from the crowd when entering the job market.” @LisaKamen on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Humans are everything. Our human relationships are what determine the quality of our life.” @jlythcotthaimes on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet “When you truly love yourself, you belong to yourself. Therefore you belong everywhere.” @jlythcotthaimes on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“If you love yourself you are far less susceptible to the darts and barbs coming from family and friends and strangers.” @jlythcotthaimes on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Gen Z is better equipped to appreciate the various aspects of their own identities that they carry by choice.” @jlythcotthaimes on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Overprotecting children from scary feelings foments anxiety in them.” @jlythcotthaimes on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet “Parents need to stay in their lane.” @jlythcotthaimes on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“We built a four-step process around preparing, applying, committing, and evaluating as young people enter the workforce.” @MZides on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Organizations need to adapt and to be agile when it comes to, not just attracting this talented group of individuals but also retaining them.” @MZides on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet “You have to clean up your social profile before you apply for a job.” @MZides on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet “Most people want to help young professionals succeed.” @MZides on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet



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