- Posted August 9, 2013 by
cary, North Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Impact Your World
TAKE MILLENNIALS FISHING
In the isolated incidents where laziness and entitlement exist, it often comes from that individual having grown accustomed to having someone do everything for them. I understand the desire to care and provide for those we are responsible for. You want to make sure their needs are met and that you minimize his or her challenges and struggles. You also have to be responsible enough in your role as a leader that you properly prepare and equip our next generation of leaders to not only survive, but to thrive in life. How do you do that?
One of the best things that you can do to help set millennials up for success is to teach them how to fish. That fishing may be Advertising, Journalism, Marketing, Engineering or Politics, but you have to take the time to teach them everything you know.
Teaching is not always easy, but it is always worth it.
Sometimes it’s easier to just do it yourself, because you think it will take too long for your millennial counter part to do it. Or you feel that by the time you explain to them how to do it, you may as well have done it yourself. What’s interesting about that approach is that it creates a pattern of dependency that leads to a perception of laziness and/or entitlement for that millennial.
When we don’t take the time to share best practices and teach our millennial counterparts all that we’ve learned over the years it creates frustration for everyone involved. Millennials are hungry for knowledge. They want to learn for themselves. They actually don’t want you to do it for them. They like to be empowered with insight, knowledge and understanding and then take whatever it is you’ve taught them and add their own special millennial sauce. And guess what? Now we’ve all learned something new and may even have a bigger, better, stronger, faster product that benefits us all in the long run.
Here are a few benefits to millennial fishing lessons that I thought I’d share:
1. Millennials love to learn and empowering them with knowledge will result in them being more motivated and committed.
2. Millennials access tons of information on a daily basis and you are bound to learn just as much from them in the process of your exchange.
3. When you empower your millennial counterparts with the knowledge and opportunity to accomplish more it frees you up to do more.
4. Taking the time to share with and pour into millennials is an investment in our future, which benefits everyone.
5. Learning is fun and who doesn’t like to have fun?