Monday, February 2, 2009

You Might be a Millennial if… (Continued 2)

With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, I couldn’t resist trying for a bit of humor to brighten your day.

To catch up on the background, read
“The Millennials are Coming…”. You will quickly understand that we in business are facing a new generation of workers who come from a world that is alien to businesses today.

You might be a millennial if…

1. You are perturbed that the guy in the next cube keeps interrupting you with his questions, rather than just sending a text message.

2. You feel discouraged that you haven’t yet been promoted, considering all the fun suggestions that you have texted to everyone in the department this month.

3. Your mom insisted in sitting in on your job interview, so she could make sure you were treated fairly.

4. You are disappointed that this job is not as fulfilling as your last summer spent working at a lead-free pottery studio in Oaxaca, Mexico.

5. When asked to suggest an inspirational speaker for the company event who had survived adversity, your first thought was to ask Britney Spears.

6. You are proud of your communication skills, evidenced by the old trophy still on your desk, from when you first sent more than 5,000 text messages per month to friends.

7. You love to explore new worlds, so you can’t wait for those company business trips you suggested to Africa and southeast Asia, to scout for new products with real meaning.

8. You are convinced that the CIO and CIA are the same thing, especially since you know someone is reading all your Twitter posts.

9. You feel comfortable wearing your Abercrombie & Fitch moose logo t-shirt every day to work, EXCEPT for dress-down Fridays.

10. Your only “big company” dream is taking over the legacy of Steve Jobs and creating more insanely great products.

You also might be a millennial if all these points strike you as intuitively obvious. See more of these
published previously. This is so much fun that I might make it a regular offering, if you help me out with some new points. I’ve always believed that there are serious messages that we can learn from every bit of humor.

Marty Zwilling


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