Here They Come....
Millennials surpassed the Gen-X population in 2015 when they reached 53.5 million in the workforce (US Census Bureau). The Gen-X population reached approximately 45 million in the labor force in 2015. Immigration trends are expected to add more numbers to the Millennial workforce population than the Gen-X population. Human beings are too complex to give you a blueprint for leading Millennial employees.
I recommend two approaches:
- Get to know what makes each direct report tick.
- Use different approaches and track the results. We call this Try It & Track It™.
There are few important things you should know about the Millennial population that should help you undertand them and meet them where they are . For those of you are saying, "They must mold to our norms, not the other way around", here is something you should know:
Did you get a good night sleep last night? If you answer “yes” you may be sleep deprived. If you answered “no” you may be sleep deprived. Actually, not everyone is sleep deprived but those who are may not realize it and answer, “yes” to this question. But there are some clear signs of sleep deprivation that adversely impact the quality of your decision-making, innovation, risk tolerance and interpersonal connections at work.
A Culture of Silence is one where employees willfully withhold important work related information. This is not because they are bad people but because there is something inherently wrong with the leader/employee relationship. It may sound like a dull cliché to say, “it starts with the leader” but in the case of Cultures of Silence, research shows that this is usually the case.
“On a (football) team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.”
Whether you like them or not, it is hard to deny that the New England Patriots have cracked the success code. In the 2016 season alone the Patriots scored nearly twice as many touchdowns and nearly 30% more field goals than their opponents. Are they simply a better team when compared to others? Is their success a matter of luck? Is it the coach or the quarterback? These five quotes from coach Bill Belichick illustrate a winning leadership philosophy.
First, memorize the words to this song by Sting.
Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you
So, what will it be this year? Better communication? More development? Operational Superiority? All of the above? These are all good New Year’s resolutions and they are larger than life. For example, what does ‘better communication’ actually mean? To whom will we be a better communicator? What kind of communication will be better: face-to-face, email communication, texting, telephone communication? How will you know that you are a better communicator? What verbal and non-verbal queues will you see that indicate improvement?
Think of the best person for whom you ever worked. What did they do that worked so well for you? When did they screw up? What happened after they screwed up? Chances are you have had both good and bad “Boss” experiences.