The September/October edition of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce’s magazine, CAPITAL, features Matthew Harrington, of New Directions, on the front cover and in the magazine’s featured story, The New Wave, on the Capital Region’s up and coming talented young entrepreneurs and business leaders.
In the article, Harrington is highlighted for his recent co-authored book Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive, as well as for his continued work with young professionals in the Capital Area. Survival of the Hive, authored by Harrington and his mother, Deborah Mackin, uses the bee colony and specifically Zync, the queen-in-waiting, as an entertaining fable to help leaders build accountability, communicate more effectively, engage and motivate the workforce, and sustain loyalty and commitment.
“Over 70% of employees are not fully engaged in their jobs and only 12% of organizations report having the leaders they need,” says Harrington referring to a recent Gallup poll. “Survival of the Hive was written to create a new leadership model most commonly seen in a honeybee hive and start an ongoing conversation about how to build a new organization with a new leadership model.”
Additionally, the article focuses on Harrington’s interest and activity in young professional development and advocacy. Known as a speaker and author on the millennial generation and liaison to the Chamber’s Young Professional Network, Harrington says, “It’s very important we understand the stereotypes of our generation out there. Some of it you will never change. However, some of it like the idea that we’re always late or lazy or completely self-absorbed – we should actively be proving those stereotypes wrong. I find that if I do the opposite of what is negatively expected, like arriving 10 minutes early, sitting up front, not checking my phone every 15 seconds, taking great notes, actively engaging and volunteering, or whatever it may be – that has been the game changer on how older generations embrace and work with me.”
Harrington continues, “Phil Yacuboski wrote in the magazine’s article that 31 million jobs are going to open up in the next seven years as Baby Boomers retire. The Millennial generation, he contends, is poised to take on a more prominent role in the workforce and inherit new jobs and leadership positions. The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and their flagship magazine recognize this and embrace it. I really appreciate them for that. I was excited to be in the magazine and even more honored to be on the cover.”
CAPITAL Magazine, a rebranded version of the Chamber’s Visions Magazine, is a membership benefit and has a readership of over 2,000 people. Providing tools, trends and expert advice vital to business success, the magazine has a regional focus, highlighting the expertise and accomplishments of Capital Region businesses.
Also featured in the article on young professionals was Reha Drysdale, CEO of Outspoken Media, Adam Wilis, CEO and President of Turnkey Internet, and Omar Usmani, Executive Partner of Aeon Nexus.
For more information or to download a copy of the article visit: www.acchamber.org