If you are a Millennial and reading this, please do not be offended. Embrace it. I love working with you. You are the most intelligent, engaging, caring, driven, energetic and challenging group of people I have ever worked with. But…..take a deep breath. Eight months doesn’t make a career, having everything you want just isn’t that gratifying and a participation trophy doesn’t help your self-esteem or make you feel good about you.
The best part is that once exposed, this generation appreciates it and excels in this culture. True, some want the easy road and the participation bonus and so they don’t stay. Those that do are the truly special people, with high self-esteem and satisfied that they are a part of something bigger than they are. This generation, more than any other, gets the WHY. I love that.
Be patient, be accountable and deserve what you get. It will be many hard conversations and it won’t be the easiest path to follow, but in the end, it will be the most satisfying.
If it was easy, anyone could do it……….and there would be a trophy for last place. You don’t want that! Be better. Lead. No participation bonus here. Congratulations. You earned it.
Wesley Middleton is the managing partner at MRZ LLP, a Houston, Texas-based accounting firm voted Best Place to Work by the Houston Business Journal. Wesley is the author of Violent Leadership (Forbes Books, 2017) and is represented by PumpJack Speakers Bureau. To book Wesley for your event, email Wesley.Middleton@PumpJack.me or click here.