America got soft after the 80’s.

IMG_0589The United States has become soft.  We have issues telling the truth because we’re afraid we’ll hurt people’s feelings.  We have a tendency to sugarcoat the things, because we feel the truth will crush someone’s spirit.  We are relegated to telling off-color, awkward jokes, which leaves others wondering if we’re serious or not.  This is almost always followed by the line “I was just playing”.  Yeah right…

We also diminish the attainment of goals, by giving everyone a trophy, instead of just saying “you lost”.  These facts are well documented, but I want to know, why?  What the heck happened?  I know one thing, it sure didn’t start in the 80’s.

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Millennials. Listen to your elders.

IMG_0420Organizations have begun to flatten the hierarchy of leadership. Instead of clearly defined structures with team leaders and project managers, people are being placed on teams with common goals and overall objectives. Sometimes, there are no official “titles” when working on a group project. A first year employee may have a better idea than a senior manager with 20 years in the business. This can actually work to “over-empower” a younger employee, causing cockiness. As millennials enter the workforce, this situation can cause a rift with the older generations. Not because the ideas are different, new or better. At times, some millennials can come off as dismissive towards older generations. Some feel entitled to the same pay as a senior member whose been doing it for 20 years, because their title is the same. Right or wrong, they have been labeled as the “instant gratification generation”. They want it now and it’s not fair if they aren’t getting it. Raises, promotions, corner office, etc…. I will say this as a generation X’er, trained by baby boomers, who has 20+ years left in the tank. Slow your roll.

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