The reasons that I will be writing on the ideas of leading the next generation and working with Gen Y and Gen Z is that I first of all have a passion and a desire for my Generation and the generations to follow us to not allow endless opportunity to pass us by, but more so for us to be able to see and shape the future; for us to be able to seize every opportunity and take advantage of the possibilities that we have to be the most influential group of people that this world has ever known.
Another reason is that it has recently become a career for me; a chance to spend my whole days and weeks seeking out opportunities to find the best ways for our organization to pour into the lives of young people, specifically to pour into and invest in college students. We are so excited and blown away by the quality of young people that we are able to do live with and we understand that there is potential for them to do more in life to change society than ever before.
I have recently started reading “Not Everyone Gets a Trophy,” a book written by Bruce Tulgan that is looking into some myths about the Gen Y group and actually talking through the best ways to get the most out of the young people.
One of the most challenging things that I have read thus far that may challenge you in your org as it will mine as I unfold what this will look like is this:
“If you want high performance out of this generation, you better commit to high-maintenance management.”
See, we are an organization of doers, leaders, and thinkers who need and desire a transitional relationship with our bosses. We believe that we have things to offer as well as a lot to learn, and inside of all of us, we want to be invested in and valued. We need our bosses to be coaches, investors (in our lives), and teachers.
So, now its time that we step up to the plate. We get to be the leaders that our generation will want to follow. How will you do this in your org?