An insight into the new age of Millennials. Millennials are different to Gen X, as Gen X’s are to Boomers. There are numerous articles that focus on the perceived negatives of Millennials. However, if we were to listen and observe them, we may just gain an insight as to why they act in the manner they do. As a coach I have spent a considerable amount of time around Millennials, my son and his mates are Millennials. You might say I have lived and breathed this generation since 1980. Initially I tried to impose my values and beliefs on them, which did not work. Changing Teenagers Behaviour I liken it to going to another country and imposing my way of doing things as an Australian, only to find out that their customs and way of doing business may be very different and that I should be accepting of this. We all need to adapt as the rate of change in technology far outpaces the speed in which we can teach it. Yet Millennials are far more connected to the world than any other generation before. The way in which we lead has also changed. Hierarchy has given way to flatter and more collaborative structures and roles are not so defined as the collective intelligence of the team effort has evolved. Alignment of employees to their individual Clifton Strengths has to be one of the fastest game changers for all generations and one of the fastest ways to identify natural talent in individuals. The way in which we manage has also changed. Managers need to become and act like coaches.
- Managers need to coach employees on:
- clear expectations
- performance goals