Wes Gay, is an expert in Millennials at work! He should know, he is one. Here’s his advise on adopting some tried and tested old school learnings. Originally posted in Forbes.com
The modern workplace changes rapidly. Whether it’s a new management approach, skill or tool, the modern worker easily gets caught in constant change.
Millennials are a generation comfortable with change. We experienced everything from floppy disks to Uber, and we understand change is part of life. Yet constant change can result in lost focus. If we constantly focus on the “next big thing,” we never actually grow. Instead, we find ourselves stagnant in our life and careers.
Despite the changing workplace, there are a few old-school skills millennials must master to be successful. What are they? I asked five executives from top companies to find out:
“Business moves quickly, so it’s impossible to know what will happen in the future. Big is no longer a competitive advantage; adaptability is. The only way to deal with an uncertain future is to build culture and competencies to deal with uncertainty.” Chris Heaslip, CEO, PushPay
2. Understand people
“Even with todays pace of technology evolution, a few vital skills from history don’t seem to grow old. Those skills are revolve around understanding and working with people and all of their complexities. As companies today head toward new agile ways of working, forming self directed end to end teams is most critical. And the skill of mixing the right people on these teams will make or break their success.” Konrad Lagarde, IBM’s Agile Academy
3. Say thank you
““Saying thank you in person has become such a novelty in the workplace! As we move toward virtual workplaces, it gets harder and harder to talk face-to-face. But, especially as team leaders, never underestimate the value of ‘putting your mouth where your money is.’ Don’t just thank someone with a bonus and an email. Give them a handshake and make eye contact too. It will make a big difference to your team!” Carolyn Slaski, EYAmericas Vice Chair, Talent
4. Develop yourself
“A growth mindset is the single most important skill to be successful in the workplace. How work is done changes rapidly, and to stay ahead people need to change with it. If you plant yourself in your job and expect the world to stop moving, growing and morphing around you, you will spend your time in a state of frustration. Developing a true growth mindset is one thing that separates a good employee from a mediocre or even bad one. And it ultimately allows both the individual to be a success and the company they work for to win. Which is ultimately the goal, right?”