Thursday, July 22, 2010

Think About It Thursday

"At the core of the Millennial phenomenon is that they do not have the same need or know-how to build relationships with their managers or authority figures. Previous generations had to take initiative to relationally connect in order to gain information and access. It is a natural arrangement that has played itself out for generations. Things are different now. The rules have changed. A Millennial with a wireless laptop can usurp the authority of a decorated professor in her own classroom. Builders, Baby Boomers, and GenX cannot help but sense the shift, "Why don't they ever come and ask me questions?" We suggest that either they do not think they need to or they do not know how. The dichotomy is that they desperately want mentors or career advocates. That leads us to believe that most Millennials just do not know how to relate to someone who is in authority that is not already perceived to be "for" them."

- Managing the Millennials by Chip Espinoza, Mick Ukleja, Craig Rusch

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