Leadership and Management
'Leading Millennials through mentorship with social media' is the subject of my presentation I recently made for a local leadership conference for Bidvest Namibia (a leading Namibian services, trading and distribution company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) who employs more than 3,200 people).
From my experience and research I have found that Millennials seek fulfilment in meaning, are driven by purpose and are motivated by their passion. Leading through mentorship is a key way to attract, engage and retain Millenials within any organisations workforce and Social Media provides the idea environment for this to take place.
In a world that is rapidly becoming a postliterate society (a hypothetical society in which multimedia technology has advanced to the point where literacy, the ability to read or write, is no longer necessary or common) infographics have become a key method of displaying big data in a very visual and relevant way.
The big data collected from millennials and that represents this unique generation, is ideally displayed in infographics and here are the top ten Millennial related infographics.
TED is a not just an idea it is a movement. With over 2000 videos uploaded and attracting well over a billion views, TED is an invaluable source of information. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and was the brainchild of Richard Saul Wurman, who observed a convergence of these fields in 1984. With the slogan “Ideas worth sharing” TED has become the 'go to' for information and inspiration from the world's leaders in the fields of not only technology, entertainment and design but also for business, science, culture, medicine and academics among others.
Millennials. For some they are a generation of 'lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with there parents' (TIME Magazine). For others they are a generation of collaborative team players who seek meaning and purpose. Understanding Millennials, managing and leading them and engaging them in the work place is most definitely not 'business as usual' and will require a lot more insight and effort than with previous generations. The following four TED Talks are a great point of reference to getting started with understanding this generation.