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Barry Posner, Keynote Day 2, Millennial Generation

Posted Oct 22 2008 9:30pm

Leadership_challenge_forum_2008_f_2 Live Blogging from the Keynote:

Message to Millennials:
Be smart - you are special.
Leave no one behind.
Connect 24/7.
Achieve now!
Serve your community.

Millennials are described as:
Busy and prefer structure
High-achieving
Team-oriented
More affluent than Baby Boomer
Willing to follow rules
Joiners (teams and groups)
Likely to participate in collective action
Optimistic
Sociable
Capable of multi-tasking
Easily bored!

Bruce Simoneaux: "Coming of age in a multitasking milieu and now entering a work world flush with inter-departmental teams and projects, the millennial generation may have an advantage over their colleagues:  a natural inclination to keep in touch with others, communicate and collaborate."

Jordan Kaplan: "Generation Y is much less likely to respond to the traditional command-and-control type of management still popular in much of today's workforce . . . They've grown up questioning their parents, and now they're questioning their employers. They don't know how to shut up, which is great, but that's aggravating to the 50-year-old manager who says, 'Do it and do it now.'"
Millennials have a strong need to know that they are valued.
My own parents would tell me what I needed to do and when I asked why? They said, because I am the father and that was the end of the argument. How I wish I could make that same argument to my daughter.

Millennials at Work
1. People are different, what does all this mean for us?
2. Prefer to work with positive people.
3. Want to learn new skills.
4. Expect flexibility in their schedules.
5. Enjoy a friendly environment.
6. Learn best through teamwork, technology, structure, and experiential learning.

What Millennials want from a job
1. To work with positive people.
2. To be challenged.
3. To be treated respectfully.
4. To learn new knowledge and skills.
5. To work in friendly environments.
6. To have flexible schedules.
7. To be paid well.

Frequent request by millennials:
1. You be the leader.
2. Involve me.
3. Challenge me.
4. Let me work with friends.
5. Let's have fun.

Let's gather some data here now.  Take a look at this list for a moment and let me know if this applies to you.  If you are under 32 raise your hand, under 45, under 80 . . . how old do you have to be to say that this is something special?  These wants are no different than what the rest of us want from our workplace.

We want the same things, but the millenials are asking for it.  The things millennials want ARE the five practices.

Show me what you want (Model the Way), give me a chance to do something I haven't done (Challenge the Process), put me together with other people (Enable Others to Act) and let's have some fun in all this (Encourage the Heart).

We need to recognize the fact that everyone is different and everyone is the same.

--posted by Deb Nasitka

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