Why make it too big deal on us?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!