[Typically, I have avoided writing about the various generations in the workplace, but after a couple of interactions this week, it was just too important to speak up. – Scott]
Nobody wants to tell them directly (likely for fear of hurting their feelings) so I am going to offer this piece of (albeit general and somewhat biased) advice:
Millennials: STOP SHOOTING YOURSELVES IN THE FOOT!
Let me be clear, as a leadership development professional, I believe that MOST people have inside them the ability to achieve great success. When I work with groups, I often remind them, “The why and the what are the easy part, it is the how that requires effort.”
The WHY and the WHAT are the easy part, it is the HOW that requires effort.
– Scott Cooksey, IdeaCharger.com
If you’re looking for the “cheat code” for success, here it is: EFFORT.
Real Life Doesn’t Hand Out Juice Boxes
The occasional corporate function aside, life doesn’t give out juice boxes and ribbons to everyone for showing up. Nope. You have to earn them. Is it hard? YES. Do you need to put in some time to “earn your dues”? YES. Are Baby Boomers sometimes afraid to tell you this? YES…because you keep getting hired as their supervisor (for reasons I cannot explain.) Your Gen X manager, however, will take that juice box away if you cannot do the job. Here are some tips for millennials to help navigate the rough waters of reality.
- Look people in the eye when you talk with them. Seriously! It’s how people interact. Have confidence (not arrogance) when you interact with co-workers, your boss, customers, each other. It is amazing what happens when people connect on a human, emotion-engaged level. Stop gazing at the floor, your phone, or off into space when people are speaking with you. It’s disrespectful.