This is the first article in a two-part series.
When working with groups of experienced executives and managers, discussions often get around to the subject of Millennials. To put it mildly, they are generally described as a different breed of cat.
But are they?
Like any topic, it would be a benefit to today’s leaders and Millennials if we had an open discussion of our thoughts and concerns. But this doesn’t come easy because we are often fearful that the discussion will break down into a complaint session against an entire generation. It doesn’t have to be.
Allow me to share some thoughts and get the conversation started.
I find it interesting that during World War II, most of the 2,200 officers and men of the Battleship North Carolina were similar in age to today’s Millennials, or even younger. These youngsters were thrust together as a generation and called upon to do their duty to hold back the tide of fascism.
This may be a little overdramatic to describe today’s Millennials but bear with me. These young men (in today’s Navy, I could use “men and women”) were bright-eyed, energetic, drawn to a fast-paced environment, expecting success and wanting to get on with it.
The more I read and study, the more I realize the Millennials are no different from their WWII predecessors. Surveys show they want to be led by men and women that care about their development and success including:
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