“You have to wait your turn like everybody else”, “you haven’t paid your dues yet”, or “you’re too young”. How many of my Gen X and Baby Boomer colleagues have conveyed these sentiments to your millennial counterparts?
It’s a challenge for millennials to sit back and “wait their turn” because they believe that their time is now. And why not now? And if not now, when?
This generation of young professionals has no desire to wait until they can start making decisions, making money, or making a difference. They understand that they don’t know everything, they do, however, want to share and apply what they do know, now! Millennials want to maximize their gifts and skills today, not necessarily wait until tomorrow.
There are obviously times when millennial skill sets and experience don’t match up with their desired roles and responsibilities. When this is the case and the voice of Gen X and/or Baby Boomer experience doesn't resonate in delivering that message, this is when you allow life to serve as the teacher.
Life is that one teacher that likes to give the test before she teaches the lesson. And sometimes that’s the best way to learn.
Millennials are seeking to learn and grow quickly in this fast paced and constantly changing society. The speed at which things are evolving and at which competition is growing in the business world is incredibly rapid and millennials aren't inclined to sit around and wait.
This generation subscribes wholeheartedly to the Latin phrase “Carpe Diem” or Seize the Day”. Millennial familiarity with the rapid pace of business that technology brings has taught them the importance of seizing the moment.
Seizing your moment obviously needs to be balanced with patience and most importantly discernment. This is where Gen X and Baby Boomers can be of great value to millennials.
To all my Generation X and Baby Boomer leaders, you have the experience and responsibility to help better prepare and equip our future leaders. Help our millennials and your respective organizations build a competitive advantage and achieve success by propelling them forward.
Instead of insisting that they wait, help them understand how to proceed. Help them to advance with the necessary knowledge, insight and understanding that will get them to the next level quickly and efficiently.
And to my millennial crew… Fast can be good, but fast and competent is better.