Lying, perpetuation of myth, stereotyping, blaming, labeling, posturing, bulling, hypocrisy, and a heartfelt penchant for vague terminology, psychobabble and nonsense.
The only antidote to the hysterical confusion, lack of workplace enthusiasm and massive workplace disengagement that is caused by old school management and generational stereotyping is Agile Leadership—a set of philosophies and practices that are rooted in logic, common sense and truth.
We have a full series of courses being developed around the theme. The theme is simple: the stuff you ask anyone to do as a leader has to make sense or no one’s going to buy into it unless they’re a total idiot.
In an upcoming webinar on webinar titled Destroying the Myths About Millennials and Generational Management we will use the foundational philosophies embedded in of our Agile Leadership curriculum, to point out, talk about and teach four critical pieces of knowledge that need to be addressed right now:
- Millennials are absolutely no different than any other group of people who have been around on this earth in any race, ethnic group, creed or color scheme in the last 2,000 or so years. EXCEPT, they have a very low tolerance for things that don’t make sense, and aren’t logical for them to do.
- Older workers are just like Millennials, except they have been so beaten down by stupidity that they forgot how to speak up and say “that doesn’t make sense.” They secretly admire Millennials.
- The secret to harnessing real power and energy in your organization is to bring the Millennials into the workplace engagement and workplace planning environment as soon as possible. They are still so naïve to politics that they don’t know how to tell a lie. They will tell you when something doesn’t make sense for them to do—or someone twice their age to do. Let the Millennials tell you where the lying is going on and then change it.
- Celebrate the fact that you are an Agile Organization and use that identity to gather all generations together—in person or in a survey—and ask the same engagement questions you need to be asking of everyone in the first place:
- What is our culture? Why would anyone want to work here?
- Where do I fit in to my culture and what jobs (and tasks) make most sense for me to do given my skill sets and what I am passionate about doing?
- What are the crazy things you have asked me to do that make absolutely no sense for me to do, given our business objectives and my real skill sets?
- How can I be of most assistance in a supportive role to those who are older than me? For example, I might be able to show them how to turn on their computer.
- How can people who are older than me be of assistance to me on the team with their wisdom and experience? For example, they may advise me not to tell my boss that he is an arrogant know-it-all, even if it is the truth. Older folks can be a goldmine of diplomacy and Millennials need to listen to them.
In short, all generations bring certain passions, skills, areas of insight and areas of creativity or wisdom that are important to the team.
The only thing that is needed in an Agile Leadership environment is to gather the feedback of everyone and use it to make plans that make sense, have a logical core, are based on coaching and mentoring, and make the best use of everyone’s skills.
There is a dangerous downside to this however.
When any of your no-talent, windbag, pabulum spewing pseudo-managers catch wind of the fact that you will be basing all of your performance management reports on common sense, logic, and results, they will go running out the door and start screaming in the parking lot:
“Millennials are entitled! Millennials are entitled! It’s all their fault!!”
Just let them go.
Unless, they start screaming that Elvis was the Devil. That’s when you know it’s time to call the people with the straitjackets. We look forward on this end to stacking sticking to the facts, however, and presenting you with solid, practical, common sense strategies that will make all people of all ages have a great time working together to make your company the happiest place on the face of the earth.
A logical place. Your Millennials will like that, and so will everyone else. Trust us.
This web seminar was presented by David Snyder on May 3rd, 2017. Missed it? Fill out the form on this page to download a copy of the presentation slides and audio recording.