Welcome to Episode Five of the LIONs DEN: Conversations around a 21st Century approach to management and talent. In the fifth episode, we speak with two millennials, two recent graduates of the GSC Associates program, and hear straight from two millennials about the issues that are top of mind for them…and busting up millennial myths that are prevalent in today’s workforce…
Discussion guide for today’s show:
1. What was your favorite part of the GSC Associates program?
2. Team bonding meetings, activities, AND training (“learn more about each other…) were one of the highlights…
3. You cannot disregard training, as you see, it can be a CRITICAL part of the team building process…
4. What concerns do millennials have when entering into the workforce? “How do we apply all that we have learned?” “Are my skills specific enough?”
5. Despite the myth that millennials are “cocky and arrogant,” they enter into the workforce with a lot of anxiety..
6. Once in the corporate world, what challenges did you encounter that you were not expecting? “Adapting quickly to a client’s culture is a big challenge…”
7. People and organizations have concerns about working with millennials. But…what concerns do millennials have about working with traditional corporate clients? “Millennials are always up to solving problems, do don’t shy away from giving us these problems to solve…” “As a millennial, I want to have support…”
8. What are some things that employers have DONE WELL that excite millennials? “It’s not just about more pay…”
9. How can employers be successful in helping millennials achieve successful careers, or at least set them on a path towards success?
10. To close, we shift to the Millennial Lighting Round (About all the Millennial Myths we keep hearing about):
A. You love social media.
B. You prefer to order your products online.
C. You want more electronic communication vs. face-to-face communication.
D. You want your work to mean something.
E. You like to travel.
F. You like to travel for work.
G. You love GSC.
You’ll be surprised by some of these answers, BUT, the most important observation from the lightning round: The work of millennials has to MEAN SOMETHING!
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About our co-host Jordan Lofton:
Jordan is the owner and CEO of Golden Source Consultants. Jordan received her degree in Management from The University of Georgia in 2006, and her MBA in Strategy from Duke University in 2012. She began her career with a Big 4 IT Consulting firm based in Atlanta after graduating from UGA.
During her time in management consulting, Jordan was charged with two of the company’s largest engagements, taking on leadership opportunities and acquiring valuable skills. Jordan began working independently while pursuing her MBA. In July 2012, a client approached Jordan and prompted her to start her own consulting firm that could solve their specific challenges.
Responding to this need, Golden Source Consultants was formed, with the goal of raising the bar on quality and delivery for clients by developing the next generation of management consultants. Her innovative model challenges the churn and burn format of large firms by developing a firm by millennials, for millennials. The model allows the GSC team to grow wonderful careers without losing sight of what really matters in life.
This series made possible by Golden Source Consultants:
GSC is a different kind of management consulting firm. Like their logo, the lion, the firm represents the courage and ability to overcome difficulties, once and for all. GSC is dedicated to helping clients solve critical challenges, tackling organizational change and business transformation with turnkey solutions and Agile project cycles. The lasting value of their work is seen and felt in their client’s ability to sustain improvement and meet business objectives—long after the project is complete. Join Golden Source in their fresh approach to problem solving by contacting them at 404.692.5540, or learn more about them online at goldensourceconsultants.com.
He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist.
Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.