7 Key Takeaways on the Indian Millennial Manager Workshop
For most of my connects who are now in the middle, senior management and leadership role, one of the key challenges they face on a day to day basis is aligning and orienting the new breed of managers and making them take ownership and responsibilities. The Millennials have been talked about a lot on how they have been different from other generations and nurturing them can be quite a task.
This week, I had the opportunity to interact with predominantly Millenial Managers, where I was conducting the Project Management Workshop at The Lalit, New Delhi. It was a very very engaging classroom session and following are some of my key interaction takeaways:
1. High on Energy: The energy from the participants was quite visible with their interactions and team activities. Coupled with the fact that they are willing to explore alternative ways of working and taking on the unknown.
2. Very Enthusiastic: They are avid learners and are keen to know every theory, their application and they can also question hypothetical scenarios. They are willing to adopt them if they see value in the offering
3. Goal-oriented: Most of the individual tasks and team activities were done in more or less good time. They also tried understanding the scope and boundaries upfront so that it has minimum ambiguity and were on the road in no time.
4. Ability to ask: While, the typical trait of the earlier generations has been to play the waiting game ask only when it was critical, this breed of managers would want to be clear upfront and set expectations. They don’t hesitate to ask if they need more. With better communication skills they are well equipped to ask with polite inquiries. A big plus.
5. Challenge the status quo: There were some theories that they initially find meaningful. They were quick to point out the comparative differences between theories. They also enjoyed writing-off a theory where they did not see much value.
6. Willingness to give and receiving feedbacks: Not just the lunch table where they could be seen sharing the pizza, they were also trying to give information or share ideas if they found their team members struggling. They welcomed feedback from me and others and were willing to work on the suggested opportunities for improvements. They need constructive criticism and they are very good learners.
7. Collaboration comes naturally: All throughout the day, to keep the good control on the time and schedule, they were pushing each other and looking to keep things short and sweet. The idea that some of them knew each other and were willing to answer the questions and give relevant examples from the industry.
The overall impression that I carry about the Indian Millennial Manager is that he/ she is hungry and are willing to test themselves. They are good communicators and have most of the etiquettes in place to face the global audience. Attached as some of the snippets of the power-packed Project Management training workshop.
Stay tuned, the next training is coming up in a couple of days. Will be happy to see some of you there.