Do you feel like millennials just don’t get it? You’re doing all of the “right things”- publicly recognizing their success, giving away free food, providing more meaningful work, giving more and faster feedback. But it’s kind of falling flat. They’re still not the responsible, hard-workers you and your colleagues were and are.
Remember the scene when Spider Man fought a mad scientist who had transformed into a creepy reptile-like monster? In one frame, the scientist was lauded for his groundbreaking achievements, and in the next, he became a two-story monster with 6 legs and pincer claws.
Just a few weeks ago I was in Denver, Colorado facilitating a Turning Point for a client. I needed a printer for the 2-day event so the client could fly home with a clear documentation of the process, wins and next steps. Off I drove to Walmart. As I was perusing the printers, the sales guy told me a little secret.
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a news anchor and was told she was “unfit for television.” Walt Disney’s newspaper editor told him he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas” as he fired him. Michael Jordan was kicked off his high school basketball team. Abraham Lincoln pretty much takes the cake.
It’s almost the 4th of July. What’s on your mind? Time with family or friends? Good food? A little get-away? Shopping? Maybe just another day of work? I have much of that on my mind too, but there’s something bigger that the upcoming holiday has gotten me thinking about: what it takes to achieve freedom and success.