Recently, I have been engaged in several conversations about millennials – millennials in the workplace and how to effectively recruit, retain, and manage them. A lot of concern, frustration, and even resentment and condemnation was interwoven into these conversations. I try to resist using generalizations and labels as a way to prevent myself from developing prejudice or bias. Generalizing or using labels is tempting fallback position or crutch, but often leads to a thoughtless, lazy way of dealing with a situation that requires real thoughtfulness, empathy, understanding, and compassion. So, how to respond or deal with this situation that includes a group of people labeled “millennials” with their own set of qualities and characteristics? I turned to someone I have come to count on and respect greatly over the past few years. Simon Sinek. Simon developed the Start With “Why” concept – identifying common purpose as the key to great leadership and organizational commitment. Simon did an interview and courageously, directly, empathetically, and compassionately described and explained millennials in the workplace, what it is, how it came to be, and how we all, millennials and non-millenials, can interact and develop meaningful, productive, positive, sustainable relationships. I think the insight Simon shared can help us be better individual professionals, better professional teammates, and most importantly, better human beings.
I invite you to check it out, benefit from, and enjoy: Simon Sinek On Millennials In The Workplace