Friday, November 4th, 2011

Millennial Myths

I have been advising CPA firms about how to build on the power of generational differences for a long time. It began almost 10 years ago when I was doing research and found writings and studies by Claire Raines. The article was titled, Managing Millennials. I notice on her website, Generations at Work, that in 2010 she updated the article first published in 2002.

This morning, thanks to Rebecca Ryan’s tweet,  @ngcrebecca, I was reading a post by David Ginchansky @DaveCareerGuide, titled Millennial Myths and the Truth About Gen Y Workers.

Here’s a recap of the 5 Common Millennial Myths. Be sure to follow the link above to read Ginchansky’s entire post for explanations about each of the following Perceptions:

Perception #1 – Generation Y is Lazy – Reality: Generation Y is Confused

Perception #2 – Generation Y is Apathetic – Reality: Generation Y is Bored

Perception #3 – Generation Y Lacks Morals – Reality: Generation Y Has Different Values

Perception #4 – Generation Y Has Trouble Finding Jobs – Reality: Generation Y Has Trouble Networking

Perception #5 – Generation Y Thinks They’re Smarter Than You Were At Their Age – Reality: Generation Y IS Smarter Than You Were At Their Age

Are you still struggling with different generational viewpoints, attitudes, and styles inside your accounting firm? Now is the time for action. This is the time of year when new hires and interns will begin showing up in your office.

Action Step: Begin a series of lunch & learn roundtable conversations to talk about generational perceptions and realities. Be sure to assign seating so that you have representatives of each generation (Boomers, Gen-X and Millennials) at each table. It should be mandatory for partners to participate.

Tool: Here’s a link to a slide show that you could use as an aid in your roundtable discussions.

  • "A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece."
  • Ludwig Erhard

2 Responses to “Millennial Myths”

  1. There is no generation difference between or within all those that have served the United States Marine Corps. In the words of President Ronald Reagan:

    “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.” (1985)

    In the words of General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corp: “A Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago – there’s no such thing as a former Marine. You’re a Marine, just in a different uniform and you’re in a different phase of your life. But you’ll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There’s no such thing as a former Marine.”

    In the words of Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army: “There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.”

    In the words of “Cybil”, a mother of a Marine writing to the myMarine Group, Dec. 10, 2010: “For all of those that have sons or daughters at boot camp let me pass on what I found. Let me give you a little back ground first. When my son left home he had no motivation, he was lazy, slobby, no pride, no self worth. This is the boy that got off the bus March 18th at Parris Island. The man that I met on Thursday for parents day is AWESOME. There is no way I can describe to you all the difference. He looks different, he walks different, he talks different, he has such a sense of bearing and pride all I could do was look at him in awe. Oh yes, the training is hard, what he went through is unimaginable to any one that has not been there. They are definitely taught to be Warriors. Let me tell you the surprise of what else they are taught. My Marine son has better values, better morals, and better manners than anyone I know. It is so much more than Yes Sir, Yes Mam…so much more. He cares about how he looks, he cares about what he does, and it’s not a boastful, bad as~ thing. He is a true gentleman. I saw patience and calmness in him that I have never seen. I could never express my gratitude enough to the Marine Corps for what they have given my son. I know this; I have an 11 year old Devil pup still at home. When the time comes for his turn if I had to I would take him kicking and screaming all the way. Although I’m sure that will not happen. The hero worship I see in my younger sons eyes for his Marine brother tells me I will have two Marines in the family, and I will be one very proud mother.”

    You will not need to assign seating for the U.S. Marines. There is no generation gap. They will find each other and then, its honor, courage, and commitment. They will not need a slide show about generational perceptions and realities about Marines. Perhaps the others will need a slide show about themselves and others, because they may be spending an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world, but not the United States Marines. Why? Marines pledge themselves completely to the Constitution of the United States. From the day they enlist and throughout their service and beyond, the oath every Marine takes are a promise and a reminder of their commitment to the defense of our Constitution and our nation. From the Commandant of the United States Marines and the private on graduation day as a U.S. Marine to the Oldest Marine alive at 104 years old, a survivor of the Battle of Belleau Wood and a Silver Star recipient, there are no generational differences. We are the United States Marines!!

    Semper Fi


  2. […] you know the common myths about the Millenials?  Check out this great post by my friend, Rita Keller and see if her suggested Action Step might help your […]

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