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Welcome to the February 2017 edition of the Balance * Plan * Reward Newsletter.

Millennial Workforce

It’s not what’s wrong with the millennial workforce, it’s what’s right. Contrary to the judgments of a lot of Baby-boomers, Generation X & Y, Millennials are not sick.

Baby-boomers, Generation X & Y have an absence of understanding of themselves along with other generations that include Millennials.

In the absence of understanding there is judgment and where there is judgment there can be no understanding.

Before I get into more detail, I find myself drawn to writing this blog about Millennials  for a number of reasons:

1) I’m hearing that financial and insurance companies are struggling with both marketing to and recruiting Millennials and
2) I’m coaching some extraordinary Millennials who are making a difference.

Simon Sinek breaks down The Millennial Question into four pieces: 
parenting, technology, impatience and the environment.

There’s some irony when you consider that Millennials were born after 1984 alongside of The Talking Heads opening lyrics to their 1986 hit song Love For Sale:
 
    I was born in a house with the television always on
   Guess I grew up too fast
   And I forgot my name

 
   1986 Writer(s): Cole Porter, David Byrne – The Talking Heads

What parental, technological, impatient environment did the Millennials get born into?

One where a television, computer or smartphone was always on captivating their parents’ consciousness, and while the Millennials’ material needs may have been met, there is a possibility that they were not given the parental attention that may have been required to meet basic human needs of approval, recognition and worthiness, the foundation of which is love.

The same thing may have happened to Baby-boomers, Generation X & Y that goes as far back as the advent of the introduction of TV in 1955.

Like it or not Traditionalists, Baby-boomers, Generation X & Y have been mesmerized and programmed with what to buy, feel, value and think creating a technological-parental, impatient environment fueling an addiction to the next thing to medicate an absence of love and needs of approval, recognition and worthiness.

In an absence of love, could Traditionalists, Baby-boomers, Generation X & Y be projecting their deep-rooted unhappiness onto Millennials brought about by their own lack of fulfillment because of unconsciously being mesmerized and programmed with what to buy, feel, value and think?

Millennials are no different than any previous generation and all they are searching for is a life that matters.

I have created a chart of my view of Millennials when one suspends Judgment and offers Understanding in a side-by-side comparison.

Click below to view the chart titled:

What can you do to move yourself to the next level of Understanding Millennials? 

In closing, how can you lead, manage, market to or parent the next generation when there is judgment? Remember, when there is judgment there can be no understanding. Worse yet, whether you are conscious of it or not, if there is judgment, there is an absence of love, and when there is an absence of love, there is a disconnect, probably fueling the repeated behaviors of judgment.

My final thought as you read through the list of Understanding:

What can you do to move yourself to the next level of
Understanding Millennials?

Thank you for the opportunity to be of service,
Simon Reilly

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Simon Reilly-Coach, Speaker, and Writer
sreilly@leadingadvisor.com

http://www.leadingadvisor.com/

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