Have you watched this video with Simon Sinek talking about how Millennials are basically bad employees? Here it is just in case you haven't...
It went kind of viral in my feed a couple of weeks ago and I managed to avoid getting in any online arguements with people sharing the video and any kind of "he is totally right" types of comments from baby-boomers and Gen-X or Gen-Y peeps (yes I fall into one of these categories).
Why did it make me so mad? Firstly I feel like I should point out that I'm a big fan of Simon Sinek and have taken great value from other points he has made, if you haven't watched his "discovering your Why" Ted-talk then I suggest it as mandatory viewing. It made me angry because it makes this huge assumption that the way Millennials act is wrong. He talks about how social media is addictive and feeds people serotonin and as a result Millennials have no patience, well, he also blames parents and a cultural phenomenon of awarding participants rather than winners. It made me think of the way music is generational, the older generation is always commenting that "what kids listen to these days isn't music" because as a generation we all rebel and act differently to those before us. Similarly in work and business do our expectations differ.
The world is far different to the past few generations, the Internet is a gigantic factor, as are financial differences and the globalisation of the world.
It makes me think about this quote from Rob Siltanen. For the first time in history, it is possible to have the entirety of human knowledge accessible in a tiny device in your pocket. Millennials don't necessarily need patience, they need confidence, because we might not need them to wait around for their turn, we might just need them to change the world.