CATCHING FIRE: WORDS of WISDOM ABOUT and FROM MILLENNIALS- LESSONS FROM MILLENNIALS Part II -
Turning a New Leaf With Millennials
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The New Role of HR
Teach Companies How to Be Like Cats
1. - Make Partnership When Needed
Blending into the business world means learning to adjust. Office politics are real, and so are changes, goals and metrics. The same with competition. Individual or business, you cannot live in silo: exchange is a must. You have to learn to establish partnership whenever needed. Learning to play out interdependence is how you can improve yourself, perfect your methods and/or strategies, and be part of a puzzle. Develop this survival skill.
Partnering leads to Networking, or vice versa. Networking is a social skill at which Millennials excel. Learn how to reach out. Better yet, use the old fashion Facebook, or Linked In, Twitter or Instagram. Put in good use your mobile devices. Join groups, clubs, go to places where you could meet people in your area of expertise or interest. Be in, branché, as is said in French.
2. - Develop True Networking
This one is interesting: be Cool! Cats look and act like they do not care but need to have somebody to scratch them. There goes again interdependency. This also means that you need to look beyond appearances. You need to understand and know your people or business partners in order to establish a viable communication. Millennials are NOT selfish: they care about the environment, they make a big deal of ethical issues, believe in respect to diversity and global awareness. Is your organization truthfully active on those matters? You have the committed support of tomorrow's leader.
3. - Look Cool!
This Millennial laughed about this: "Cats are free agents, yes, they are horrible!" What is to be added? Independence is crucial to survival in these days and times. Adjust your strategy: don't rely on a unique source, have back-up plans and back-up people. Be and stay competitive: nothing is earned, nothing is to be taken for granted. Things, people, situations are not to stay the same for an infinite period of time. Be ready for change and adjustment anytime. Your business could be just a step towards another step forward.
4. - Cats Are Free Agents: Be Ready for Change
The notion of loyalty is changed. You will not keep your people out of loyalty. This is why compensation strategies and strategic planning become more than relevant. You need to know how to respond to a "What's in for me?" silent question. Your retention strategy is to be tied to your business mission and goals, your company culture, and the career path that you offer. Engagement is a two-way path. You will be selected as much as you select.
5. - Cats are Singular vs. Dogs are Pack Mentality
6. - Be Lithe: Be flexible, Know How to Move Forward, Have a Foresight
Handle situations with grace, says one. Mistake was made, let's move forward says another. We have lessons to take from this new generation. They know how to fall and pick themselves up swiftly. They are by essence very future-oriented, and have a positive outlook of situations. Maybe because many of them have a foresight: they know how to fall and bounce back promptly. Or because as they simply put it "if you are so rigid and afraid, you cannot move forward." While baby boomers loom over the uncertainty of social security, Millennials display an amazing positivism, flexibility and malleability to unfortunate situations. The key? They "make firewood from the dead tree." Translate: learn from your mistakes for regrowth - "Burn or someone else will pick up the ashes and will turn it into fertilizer for new ideas" says this Millennial. Lesson? Seize every opportunity.
7. - Solving Business on a Day-to-Day Basis is Being Behind in the Future
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