Over the last few years, I have sat through my fair share of commencement speeches. From my perspective they were inspiring – filled with stories and examples of the importance of a college education and how hard work and perseverance will someday pay off. Those speeches painted a “picture” of what every graduate imagined life would be like after graduation except that the “picture” isn’t even close to the reality they face.
As the mother of three millennials (all boys), two who have already started their careers and one that has just started college; I find myself constantly trying to give them advice about how to progress in their careers as well as in their lives. The lessons I think are important are nothing new BUT they are a constant reminder to me that the more things change, the more they stay the same. My best advice to them is the best advice that I ever received – “No matter what your position or role, always be a leader”.
Lately, I have been thinking about Anne’s blog post from a few weeks ago called Next Practices with “Generation Next.” In the article, she talks about Millennials (folks born between 1980 and 1995), and since I was born in 1980, I guess I fit into this category. Anne…
The “Millennials” or often referred to as “Generation Next” are not only coming, they are already here. With this new generation 80 million strong (born between 1980 and 1995) and rapidly taking over from the baby boomers who are now pushing 60, we are being forced to look at talent management in a completely new way. We must take a Next Practice approach to managing “Generation Next” or lose the war for talent altogether. 60 Minutes’ MorIey Safer did a report a few years ago entitled “The Millennials are Coming”