Understanding Millennials in the Workplace with Michael Lamberti

Feb 17, 2021

Michael Lamberti is an Integral Master Coach in private practice in Toronto, Canada. He works with clients to help them discover and thrive in meaningful work. He began his coaching practice working with millennials in the early stages of building their careers, helping them to gain clarity when entering the workforce.

His expertise has now led him to coaching opportunities with NGOs in the Canadian public service. These are the types of organizations that work to better understand how to engage and support the younger generations of employees.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, who entered the world of coaching later on in life as a second career, Michael began his work as a coach at the age of 28, after working in a job he did not care for. Taking the risk and launching into a coaching career at a relatively young age has paid dividends for Michael because of the unique way he can connect with his millennial clientele.

Along with his coaching work, Michael also serves as a content producer and social media strategist for Integral Coaching Canada. He is also a member of the ICC Observer Faculty Team. When not coaching, he practices Zen meditation and Chen-style Practical Method, Taijiquan.


What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Get to know Michael and what inspired him to go into the coaching space.
  • Integral Coaching’s framework and what attracted Michael to this specific coaching style.
  • Michael’s understanding of what it means to be a millennial.
  • Distinctions between older and younger millennials and the influence of technology on these differences.
  • Why Michael thinks that the characterization of millennials being obsessed with technology is unfair.
  • Michael’s experience working in the insurance industry.
  • How millennials view time differently to most of the older generation.
  • What Michael would say to a leader opposing a remote workforce at their company.
  • The importance of businesses having time and geographical flexibility if they want to attract younger generations.
  • There are merits to working in-person if it is intentional and structured.
  • Millenials have to be clearer on what they want and the mentorship they hope for.
  • Trends Michael has noticed with company loyalty as well as the hiring process.
  • Michael’s insights into how companies can make recruitment more people-centric.
  • Traits Michael advises family business owners and entrepreneurs to look for in millennials.
  • There is a gap in many interviews in terms of gauging the resilience of a prospective hire.
  • What Michael believes employers should expect from the millennials they hire.
  • Some of the important skills that millennials can gain from the older generation.
  • True mentorship is a mutual and reciprocal exchange rather than a one-sided process.
  • The need to connect with our values and tie meaning into the work we do.
  • Personal and organizational values are unlikely to align perfectly, so be willing to compromise.



“The framework that Integral Coaching Canada has created for helping people change was what attracted me and it just felt like there was space within that model within that training, for me to show up as all of who I was.” — Michael Lamberti [0:05:59]

“I think we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the creativity with which people are going to start approaching where they live and how they live as something increasingly less reliant on what they do and where they work.” — Michael Lamberti [0:19:40]

“What I think companies do have the right to expect of their millennial employees is a need to adapt and to change.” — Michael Lamberti [0:38:30]


Facebook Posts:

“If you have to literally be standing over the shoulder of one of your employees to know whether they’re working or not, you have serious problems with how you’re actually measuring the success and what’s important in your business. How is it that you can’t tell based on the output?” — Michael Lamberti [0:18:33]

“With a lot of my clients on the millennial side, I’ll actually work on helping them develop the capacities to better realize what it is they’re looking for, and to be more assertive in communicating that,” — Michael Lamberti [0:22:46]

“Don’t expect or hold out for perfect alignment with your values and the opportunities that you choose to engage with. There’s always going to be compromise.” — Michael Lamberti [0:48:43]


Additional Resources:

Website: https://www.mlcoaching.ca/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaellamberti/


Links Mentioned:

Integral Coaching: https://www.integralcoachingcanada.com/

Ken Wilber: https://integrallife.com/


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