I was astonished to receive a 97/100 on my “Are you a millennial” quiz. I realized being a millennial is not only a mindset, but a culmination of experiences, actions, and self-expressive techniques. For example, one of the questions was “do you have a tattoo”. That question, to me, is more about a counter-culturalist and expressive state rather than a generation definer.
I now realize this quiz may have been run through one big algorithm and my previous objection about the tattoo may, in fact, question may be part of the formula defining our generation.
Frank Brown ’78, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, General Atlantic talked to my MGMT 304 class about personal strategy and career goals. His observations regarding millenials were quite eye opening.
Frank said the biggest strength of millennials is our familiarity with technology, but our biggest weakness is our fear of communication. He noted that looking down at your phone while walking (as we commonly do throughout the day) is the biggest mistake we will make. Frank encouraged us to walk with confidence and establish preliminary relationships with coworkers by greeting them as we pass.
Do we stick to the advice of Generation X and the baby boomers on how to communicate and conduct ourselves, or do we simply accept the fact that technology rules our generation?
For now, lets listen to Frank Brown and foster meaningful relationships in the workplace.
BTW: If you are a more visual learner, check out this graphic on the generational gap. It’s somewhat comical but includes some eye-opening insights. http://imgur.com/gallery/EGZ6gMR
Maybe the millennial generation ignores class too much. –It doesn’t matter.
It is more important to understand the attitudes of important players in your tests and tribulations. For example, it is more important to understand where all your coworkers stand in terms of class indefnitifcation in order to most effectively cooperate and excel as a member of a team in the workplace.
Our biggest weakness is trying to find solutions to so-called millennial “generation problems”. To truly succeed, we must understand that the world has changed. We must capitalize and exploit our own generation strengths.
In order to fully grasp how different the young professional world was in the baby boomer generation, and in the spirit of the blogosphere, I present the “Old Economy Steve” meme.