The Millennial Moment
Walk with me down a path for a minute, everyone writes the same columns on managing millennials and the challenges and opportunities that my generation brings to the table. I am a millennial, born in 1985 and choosing to step back and look at this moment in time and all I see is opportunity. Especially with the constant noise in the marketplace that millennials are lazy, entitled and lack loyalty. Here are some interesting observations:
1) The baby boomers are getting old and the job market and leadership positions are about to hit a tipping point.
2) The millennials that have spent the last 5-10 years honing their craft and becoming a practitioner in their industry or profession are already being called up.
3) The millenial noise creates opportunity for individuals to find differentiation. Think about it like Blue Ocean Theory, if everyone thinks that millennial are entitled and you hustle your butt off, you just won the day!
4) Technology is creating a market that can adapt quickly and grow exponentially. Thus, creating an amazing time to be getting to the the stride of your career.
So, instead of buying into the noise I am choosing to believe in what I am calling "The Millennial Moment." When the keys are handed over, the generation that has been blasted for receiving participation trophies and a product of helicopter parents, will step up and be the generation that takes this country to new heights. May I remind you, this is also the generation that saw the towers fall on 9/11, stepped up and fought in three wars, survived the great recession, created more wealth through technology and is pushing the marketplace to find purpose in everything it does. So, before you buy into the noise, think of the power this generation could have when the moment aligns with their purpose at a time when resources, infrastructure and markets have never been easier to tap in to. For my part, I do not go to bed worried about the future, I get up each day eager and hungry for the opportunity to have a small part in what I believe will be an amazing story!
Choose to own the moment!