Why make it too big deal on us?

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

Over the hol­i­days, a video of au­thor, lead­er­ship ex­pert and thought leader Si­mon Sinek talk­ing about mil­len­ni­als in the work­place went vi­ral. One ver­sion even in­cluded the ti­tle “This is Ex­actly What is Wrong with This Gen­er­a­tion.”

But while he made some sig­nif­i­cant propo­si­tions, I don’t think he got it all right. First, he tagged us the wrong way. Sinek la­belled us as “kids” many times which I think is not only in­ac­cu­rate, but also desul­tory. Most of us are in the twen­ties and early thir­ties, and are al­ready quite ac­com­plished, mak­ing our own marks in busi­ness, com­mu­nity and in the world in gen­eral.

Be­com­ing our own bosses, en­trepreneurs, doc­tors, pi­lots, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, mar­keters, artists, moth­ers, fa­thers are so much more than “kids” who just want to have “free food and bean bags” in the of­fice. Sec­ond, he got it wrong on failed par­ent­ing strat­egy.

He qual­i­fied that par­ents over-ad­vo­cated us for the re­wards that we re­ally didn’t de­serve and made us be­lieved that we were way too spe­cial. That we’ve dealt with bad hands and so we strug­gle in the “real word today.”

But not only was every­one not par­ented the same way, but the out­come of this style of par­ent­ing are not all neg­a­tive, right?

Third, he got wrong on tech.

Sinek dis­cussed a lot about the ad­dic­tive qual­ity of technology and how it is be­ing used *** Reach me at in­spark.peo­ple@gmail.com it by “kids” just to self-sooth.

He com­pared technology to other ad­dic­tive stim­u­lants, such as al­co­hol, which got us too hard wired to use it as a cop­ing mech­a­nism in­stead of re­ly­ing on peo­ple and re­la­tion­ships.

“Too many kids don’t know how to form deep mean­ing­ful re­la­tion­ships,” he said.

Sinek’s idea was overblown here. Again, most mil­len­ni­als are not kids, and the dopamine ef­fect he keeps on talk­ing about im­pacts all ages in gen­eral.

Look, Boomers and Gen Xers kicked off their ca­reers prior to what we have today. Hence, they value the work and thought that go into them. And we re­spect that.

And for us who are en­ter­ing the work­force at this era put a greater value on the use of tech­no­log­i­cal pro­cesses be­cause it is what we know and have been taught to use. Lastly, he got im­pa­tience wrong Sinek pas­sion­ately stated that mil­len­ni­als urge for in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion; we want it all now! Al­right...

But let’s get a bit more real. Peo­ple, de­spite what group they be­long to are not pa­tient in their twen­ties.

So we must be able to dis­tin­guish here what is unique to our gen­er­a­tion and what is unique to be­ing twenty-somet hi ng.

What I mean is that we will share the high lev­els of ide­al­ism, self-cen­tered­ness, and big am­bi­tion at least once in our life­times.

As an age group, each one of us grew up with our own in­flu­ences, so­cial trends, eco­nomic chal­lenges, and so on.

The life­cy­cle ef­fect comes from be­ing at the same age de­spite any era. There is some­thing about be­ing at this age that make us all feel “en­ti­tled, nar­cis­sis­tic, and im­pa­tient,” but this will de­velop as we ma­ture.

To sug­gest that those feel­ings are unique to mil­len­ni­als is again quite overblown. Thus, great lead­ers (in­clud­ing mil­len­ni­als soon) must deal with younger and less ex­pe­ri­enced em­ploy­ees, with pa­tience in­stead of be­ing judg­men­tal.

Un­til here friends. Stay ‘Ac­tive’un­til our next chat. Be InS­par ked!

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