6 Ways Millennials Can Overcome Their Stereotypes, From a Millennial CEO

6 Ways Millennials Can Overcome Their Stereotypes, From a Millennial CEO
From Recruiter - October 15, 2017

Millennials get a bad rapperhaps deservedly.

While there are always exceptions, generally speaking, millennials have less patience and (forgive me) fewer skills than people of earlier generations. Theyre finickier, dicier, more restless. Theyre also less loyal and not afraid to take full advantage of happy hours and vacation time.

Due to all of the above, millennials are often viewed by the older generations who currently lead most of the worlds organizations as lazy, insolent, and petulant. Im not going to lie: Many of them are.

Or I should say, many of us are. You see, Im a millennial myself. Im also a CEO.

After graduating from Bryant University in 2010, I tried to seize every opportunity I could get. I eventually served as head of user success and business operations for RelateIQ, which was acquired by for just under $400 million. In late 2014, I cofounded Progressly, a cloud-based operational performance management solution. Today, our company is thriving thanks to a driven, smart, and dedicated team made up primarily of millennials.

My own company is representative of the American workforce as a whole. According to Pew Research, millennials now comprise the largest segment of the U.S. workforce at 53+ million workers, and that number is only expected to grow.

The fact that we millennials are the future of the workforce is both scary and inspiring. Inspiring because we have the opportunity to become the next great generationa generation that, via technological advancements, could change the world for the better. Scary because what if the stereotypes are true? Abright and promising future cant be built on insolence, laziness, and petulance.

What can we as millennials do right now, in our current jobs, to overcome these stereotypes?

1. Dont Be a Spectator

We millennials always want in on the big picture. Where is the company headed? Whats next? The best employers share details about the companys bigger and broader goals, but thats only half the story. The other side is you.

Dont be afraid to lead by example and make your presence felt, even if you may not hold much seniority within the organization. As you continue to earn bigger and bigger responsibilities, higher-ups will trust you more. Theyll look to your opinion to help shape the organization.

2. Dont Assume You Know Anything

Becoming wise or knowledgeable takes time. We millennials are used to sharing our ideas and opinions, but we have more to learn than we know. Making contributions makes us feel important, but when the dust settles and a colleague suggests a brilliant idea that comes from experience, it is an opportunity to absorb some knowledge and gather some brilliance for the next time.

3. Dont Be Afraid to Grow Your New Social Network


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