Welcome to Episode Four of the LIONs DEN: Conversations around a 21st Century approach to management and talent. In the fourth episode, we discuss how to keep millennial employees challenged!
Discussion guide for today’s show:
1. “Keeping millennial employees challenged.” What do we mean by that?
2. One of the reasons millennials are disengaged, or leave to find other work, is that they don’t find the work challenging enough.
3. Millennials were raised in a competitive culture and environment, and they need to continue to live (and thrive) in that space. The bar has ALWAYS been set high for them? Are we NOT doing that now?
4. Millennials love to problem solve. You need to recognize they are looking for a challenge!
5. If your millennials are simply clocking in nine to five, chances are they are bored.
6. How do you begin to turn this around?
7. Sometimes you have to explain that entry level work is a good way to learn the business.
8. As always, you have to explain the why and the bigger picture of the work they are being asked to do.
9. Keep in mind that millennials will not just be given more challenging work. They are to prove they can be given that responsibility.
10. Management has to constantly review and analyze how high they can set the bar. It’s not set once…
11. Employers won’t always get this right, it might take a few opportunities to place a millennial in the right role with the right amount of challenging work. This is another reason training matters, because you begin to see what excites employees.
12. At the end of the day, some millennials will just not connect with the role, and will leave. How do we handle this?
13. “Fail fast, and fail early.”
14. Where do you draw the line between blaming failure on the millennials, verses blaming the employers internal processes?
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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.