Ep.24: Why are Millenials Branded as Entitled by Gen-X-ers?
By Sean Si
Jayson Lo helped me realize that my team was composed of 50% millennials and 50% centennials, and this still baffles me because, after all this time, I thought that we were all millennials. His sentiments about millennials and centennials are eye-opening. Millennials wouldn’t be branded as the generation who likes job-hopping and entitlement if it weren’t for Generation X. Historically speaking, there was always a tension between two generations because of the generation gap. Jayson said that when Generation X was entering the workforce, the Baby boomers had the same mindset—that GenX-ers were also entitled in their own way. This is because people usually have this mindset where we bring people down when they haven’t done their time yet. It would be so much better if instead of bringing them down, we actively push the next generation upward, to become someone big in their chosen endeavors. Jayson has a few millennials and centennials in his small team and his church group. Some of them have gone off with their endeavors, starting up their own companies and the like. His core team is composed of five individuals, all of which he teaches leadership differently. He keeps in mind their motivations. Because there is a difference in each generation’s motivations. For genX-ers, you can ask them where do they see themselves in 5/10/15 years in the future in the company? But for the younger generations, you can ask them where they see themselves in 5/10/15 years in the future because the company will help them get there. The biggest difference between the previous generations and the generation now is that their lives before was not their work. Today, people’s lives are their work, primarily because of technology. Work-life balance will no longer work. Only work-life integration. Instead of looking for balance in your life, you should know your priorities. Because if everything is important, then nothing is. When you know your priorities clearly, you will live out a life that you want, and your work is an extension of that. Support the show (https://tribe.leadershipstack.com/)