Meet Your Future Leaders
Various names are used to describe the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s. These include Generation Y, Millennials, Nexters, the Net Generation, and the Digital Generation. This is the generation presently being groomed to replace retiring baby boomers.
Although some experts dispute the existence of generational differences, others identify characteristics they believe clearly define this age group. These differences could affect the training decisions you make when preparing tomorrow’s leaders.
According to some experts, millennials tend to prefer experiential/hands-on learning, working in teams, and social networking. They are naturally collaborative and tend to be creative.
Most do not think of technology as technology – it is just a part of life. They are accustomed to online and cell phone messaging with abbreviated lingua and quick exchanges. They have been described as intuitive visual communicators with good visual-spatial skills who can shift attention rapidly to pay attention, or not, and to respond quickly.
They are connected (often 24/7) and fast (they expect immediacy and live in the moment). They do, however, like structure and face-to-face learning (but have a low tolerance for boring), and they are achievement-oriented. Millennials also value authenticity and stories.
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