I know, I know. One minute you think you’ve figure out this new generation of kids and the next, you feel you’re on a learning curve again. I get to spend a lot of time with university students these days and I’m amazed at one thing. The world they live in has produced a generational mindset—a shared paradigm—if you will.
Need a crash course in understanding this generation? Just look at the world the adults have created for them and you begin to get it. Let me summarize it in a few short phrases. I bounced this little set of phrases off of students and they said: That’s me! If you are from Generation Y…see what you think of this summary.
1. Hear me out.
These young adults have had a say in how things go since they were five. They expect to express themselves, to upload, vote, blog or update and they believe they’ll be heard.
2. Keep it real.
The only thing worse than being uncool is being unreal. They demand authenticity. Anything that smells “plastic” is a turn-off. They value genuine people and leaders.
3. Let’s have fun.
They believe work and fun can be combined; they don’t want to separate the two. In fact, they may stop working midday to have fun and work again at midnight. It’s a continuum.