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Millennials ARE Different

  F.Scott Fitzgerald noted “The rich are different from you and me!” Ernest Hemmingway answered him,  “ Yes. They have more money.”


Somewhat similarly, members of the millennial generation ARE different from most who came before them, according to Chip Espinoza and Joel Schwarzbart, co-authors of “Millennials Who Manage: How to Overcome Workplace Perceptions and Become a Great Leader.”


Longtime professors who taught and observed the changing character of their students from the 1990s to the 2000, the authors note that this group definitely exhibits profound differences.


Among their new views is that they entered the classroom with the idea that everything is negotiable, say the authors. They expected to have a voice in regard to assignments, absences, and even grades. They even demanded to be engaged, and these two professors loved that.


This book goes one step further than the classroom, in corralling those independent, self- confident aspirations into characteristics that will help those same students become efficient managers with successful careers.


After extensive research, surveys and in-depth interviews with Millennials who actually have become managers, they have these suggestions for the young people:


  1. Believe in, assert and demonstrate your ability to lead workers of all ages while being respectful of and open to learning from workers of all ages.
  2. The first step to becoming a manager in your own right is letting go of the natural desire to please, and emulate your boss or mentor.
  3. Maintain common bonds of identity with other Millennials while establishing boundaries between your old gang of coworkers and the new role of manager.
  4. Become an authentic leader by moving out of your comfort zones while holding onto qualities you value most, whether playfulness, energy or collaboration.
  5. Recognize what older workers want, what your peers need and how generational dynamics affect both individual performances and teamwork.
  6. Be a good coach and communicator among others.


Those steps are a good beginning for moving up to the next level—and beyond.####



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