Millennials

24 Jan

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When it comes to the psychology of leadership and creativity there are few people who I find more insightful and inspiring than Simon Sinek. He gained fame after his ‘Start with Why‘ TED talk that went viral and has really reshaped the conversation around creativity at pretty much every level of the agency and corporate world. I recently came across a new video of his called ‘Millennials in the Workplace.’

The statistics he uses are generally accurate, although they may show more correlation than causation.

Agree

– Desire to be “liked” in social media

– Texting while at dinner/meeting shows addiction/impatience

– We can be impatient when it comes to job fulfillment

Disagree

– Entitlement- more for those from upper class families?

– How many of the older generations- baby boomers, Gen X- love/are satisfied with their jobs?

– Hard to leave phone at home when expectation is to be “on call” 24/7

– Social media can help spark innovation because it provides one with knowledge of what’s “out there,” but agree that innovation can’t happen if we don’t let our minds wander

– Anxiety from other sources playing a factor?  E.g. college debt, health care costs, etc.

But the question he posed at the very beginning was “Why are Millennials tough to manage?”  The question itself implies that the issue here is with the Millennials, not with the Baby Boomer or Gen X managers.  Most of my frustrations regarding my job stems from (what I perceive to be) inefficiencies.  They’re partly because of the frustrations from the “old-school mindset” that is resistant to change- i.e. “we’ve always done it this way,” “don’t question me, I’m senior to you,” etc.  So it’s not just millienials.

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