“It’s better to go Slow in the Right Direction than go Fast in the Wrong Direction” – Simon Sinek
Many Leaders around my age, 40-something, often complain about leading their younger teams. Gen-Y, Gen-Z, Millennials, however we call them, it’s certainly a different ‘game’ than it was…even as recent as 10 years ago.
With unemployment across Asia at record lows, it appears that some employees jump from one job to another, in order to increase their salaries, boost their ‘significance’ and increase their desire to feel ‘needed’. But what if that’s not true. What if that’s just a way for today’s Leaders to shift the blame to external factors. What if we could lead the young people of today towards improved engagement, loyalty & achievement?
Here are a few tips, that can help us to become the Leaders of Tomorrow…
Tip#1 – Develop Relationships with your Teams – Who are these young people in your organization? Do you know them? Do you know what’s important to them? Recognition & opportunity for advancement come in ahead of salary, in terms of importance & longevity for most employees. Invest some time in getting to know your teams, and not only will you create a sense of trust and loyalty, you’re allowing them the space to open up, to share & to innovate.
Tip#2 – Ban Mobile Phones during Meetings – It’s difficult to build relationships, and be fully aware of what’s happening in the organization, when people’s heads are ‘buried’ in their cell phones. Not only is it disrespectful to others, you (or your colleagues) are likely to miss important information. Information which could be critical for the growth & efficiency of the company. One strategy I’ve seen…as people enter the room of the meeting, they place their phone’s in a basket (on silent). Test it for a week, and check the results.
Tip#3 – Empathy & Flexibility – Is it easier to change the mindset of 50% of your workforce, or, develop the mental flexibility & the strategies to be able to influence them? If you’re the leader, and half of your workforce is made of Millennials, it is YOU that needs to develop the flexibility in communication & influence. Also, work on practicing your empathy for this generation. It’s easy to ‘point the finger’, so instead, work on trying to empathise with the world in which they’ve grown up.
Tip#4 – Simon Sinek – This guy is a genius. Please find the inspiration for this post at his YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hER0Qp6QJNU
Tip#5 – Leadership Essentials – an intense 1 day program, suited for your Millennial task force. They will learn how to build relationships, prevent & resolve conflict, take responsibility, develop confidence and communicate more clearly. Next session is in Chonburi on 15th March, and in Bangkok on 17th May. Discover more here
Tip#6 – Empowered Leadership Certification – this advanced 3 day program is suitable for your leaders who are trying (unsuccessfully) to lead the young generations. In this Certification program, leaders learn how to develop empathy, EQ, Conflict prevention & resolution, language patterns for influence, Goal setting, motivational skills, and much more. Next session is in Thai language on 10-12 March, followed by the English session on 17-19 May. Both sessions held in Bangkok, and you can find more info here
All of these sessions are also available as an in-house training, and you can request a FREE corporate assessment, by simply replying to this email.
In addition, we continue to run our FREE Breakthrough Seminars, so you can learn more about NLP, Coaching & Leadership techniques. Next session is on 27th February in Chonburi, and you can check for updated sessions & dates at the following link;
Wishing you all the best, and wishing you the best on your Leadership journey…
NLP Top Coach