Now let’s get this straight, for I’m the sort of guy who can work with anyone, as frankly age has no relevance in my book (never has had), and I’m writing about the younger guys.
For sure they get ‘mixed’ reviews, particularly on LinkedIn, the majority of which in my opinion is wholeheartedly unjustified.
Yes, they think differently, and to some degree have a different mindset, but that’s no bad thing at all, given that they’re growing up in an inter-connected world, and one full to the brim of technology that we’ve given them to explore.
And that’s one of the exciting features of working with the younger generation, for they’re constantly exploring new avenues for its application and further development.
Whilst I consider myself as being reasonably adept with tech. stuff, my forte really lies in the depth of visioning I can achieve, together with a far better understanding of what exquisite operational excellence really means.
And this is the great part, for it’s a two way learning process in reality, and as such keeps everything ‘fresh’ and ‘exciting’.
Yep they can swipe, click, paste, merge and code far better than I can, but their ability to truly vision is somewhat hampered by their age and life experiences to date, even though many have great aspirations and dreams.
And this is not being derogatory to them at all, for they’re always a great bunch to be around at any time.
Their shear enthusiasm, once they get excited about something, is almost limitless, and they certainly like to push out the boundaries, and that’s great.
And that is the second feature I’ve noticed with the younger generation, their shear energy and eagerness to try or explore something new, usually with a real heart felt passion, that can at times (I admit) be a tad difficult to comprehend, but hey, we’re all fully capable of learning and absorbing new things all the time, so it’s no big deal really.
This passion is certainly evident in their sure fired creativity, and expression, through social mediums that we’ve given them to explore, and yes, it may be misguided at times, but is that ‘misguided’ approach not actually being used for them to acquire the extra knowledge/wisdom they lack? Always a debatable topic, and one that I’m not going to go into.
And yes, it’s fair to say that their undoubted creativity and expression, goes well beyond that of just tech. stuff., which is also great in my book.
So I guess as organisational entities, social or commercial, we need to learn how to blend the generations together more, for each one can learn from each other, and that’s a very powerful combination in anyone’s book (if engaged with properly).
And, we shouldn’t go out of our way to classify one set against another set, for that just breeds descent, distrust, demoralisation, anger, hatred and all the other highly negative human emotions, that we can well do without in today’s modern world.
Nor, and this is one thing that ‘urks’ me enormously, should we be discriminating between the genders anymore. It’s wholeheartedly pathetic and utterly inept in today’s world, so let’s boot it out of our mindsets, once and for all!!!! in every sector of the economy.
For one things for sure, and I see it first hand, there’s an even more ‘savvy’ generation coming through right now, and it’s an honour to watch, and be involved in their evolutionary development.
Let us shine !