LEADS Reads – When Millennials Take Over

This summer, I thought it would be fun to share out a little challenge called… LEADS Reads! This challenge isn’t meant to be a huge time consumer. It is summer and summer is supposed to be light and fun. So let’s get to it…

The Challenge:  LEADS Reads

What is it?  When you have finished a great book (or article, white paper, etc.) that made you stop and ponder from your perspective, take a minute to share on #lpsleads! You could share a review, a blog post, an idea, a burning question… Something that might build a connection that causes someone else to reach out and dialogue or pick up the source and read for themselves.

Learn Out Loud – Post to:  #lpsleads

I will take the first challenge…

When Millennials Take OverI recently read “When Millennials Take Over” by Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant and quite honestly, I can’t quit talking (or thinking) about this book! Millennials were born between 1982-2004 and are now entering the workforce in huge numbers. Here are a few takeaways that have been etched in my mind:

  • The “social internet has permanently shifted the balance of power between individuals and institutions” pg 23
  • I love the term “digital mindset” page 37 and the realization that Millennials are annoyed by misuse of technology and when they are told “that’s the way it has always been done” it just doesn’t resonate with them (Digital)
  • The more you control information, the more you create issues and confusion within organizations. (Clear)
  • Relationships, building trust, and communication are critical components for shifting power (Fluid)
  • Organizations just don’t change fast enough for Millennials (Fast).

“Millennials let go easily, while the rest of us hold on, and that’s an important lesson for all of us” pg 117

Organizational implications

  • Millennials have ALWAYS had more information than they ever could handle and yet organizations tend to withhold information that could help workers innovate
  • The idea behind Holacracy and building organizational circles instead of pyramids has my brain spinning – and that is a whole other set of blog posts…
  • Change is inevitable and if we don’t engage ALL workers, we are missing out on a vast amount of innovative thinking

This book doesn’t read like a text book – the background and stories will make you stop and think about what your workplace looks like and why different generations react the way they do. Millennials is such a relevant book, not just in the business world, but for any organization that has multiple generations working together.

I really enjoyed reading Millennials and as the authors say read to “embrace mindsets not as a way to follow best practices”. The point is, we have to find ways to impact our organization with the workforce we have. In no other time has there been such an opportunity to flatten systems to increase transparency, giving all workers access to the knowledge they need and grow a system that is stronger than it has ever been!

What mindsets do you see prevalent in your work environment?

3 responses to “LEADS Reads – When Millennials Take Over

  1. Tracey,

    Great idea!

    I’m currently reading AND LOVING Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering students to thrive in a changing world by Suzie Boss. You can expect a blog post from me about it when I’m finished!


  2. Pingback: LEADS Reads: Bringing Innovation to School | MK·

  3. “The idea behind Holacracy and building organizational circles instead of pyramids has my brain spinning – and that is a whole other set of blog posts…”

    One of the interesting things about being on the cusp of both Gen X and Gen Y is bouncing between different feelings (which seems odd at times). I’m often encouraging my generation to read, discuss, and understand the viewpoints of other generations. Talking to my father-in-law offers such wonderful perspective on work, meaning, and life compared to the way I sometimes view things.

    We’d all do well to understand the wisdom and failures of each generation. The quote above interested me because I naturally resonate with holacracy, and yet I see the flaws inherent in it. Likewise, I naturally push back against pyramids, and yet I see the value in them. What can we gain from understanding all generations?


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