I was reading an article in Time Magazine by John Scott Lewinski recently which started as follows – “Give Millennials a break, we made them that way”. In the article, Mr Lewinski confirmed that the word ‘millennial’ is now rarely used as a term connoting any positive qualities but instead seems to be associated with adjectives such as childish, arrogant, thin-skinned, narcissistic and entitled. The article (as anticipated in the title) then goes on to mention that there are however a number of Gen Yers who are forging successful careers as innovators and entrepreneurs and therefore Gen X should ‘give millennials a break’ (given they brought them up).
As a millennial myself, I was a little surprised at the extent of the derogatory connotations now associated with my generation (although have always been aware of the me, me, me aspect – see our Millennial Issue), and felt that I should try and redress the balance (somehow) in this issue by breaking down the millennial myth. So if you’re part of Gen Y – this one’s for you!
One of the dominant traits and major strengths of millennials is their desire to be authentic and true to their personal values – this means that they will seek out workplaces that aren’t just measured on their financial performance but with a focus on improving society, or start companies which aim to make a positive difference in the world (which 84% of millennials view as more important than professional recognition). As a result of technology, millennials believe that a single person’s voice can make a difference.
So in this issue, we went out to find some of these millennials whose companies and charities are changing society for the better, and who have found a way to do business (or do their own thing) while remaining true to their values. We were truly inspired at what these millennials have achieved – hopefully this will go some way towards quashing the millennial myth!
Image credit: Typical Millennials
We interview the co-founder of luxury sportswear brand, Sports Philosophy, Stella Heng. Sports Philosophy is part of a new breed of socially responsible company which sells beautifully crafted and eco-friendly products while also giving back to the community.
Jo Cruse is a writer and speaker, and co-founder of MacroAdventure. She shares her inspiring story about starting over at 30 and her millennial life lessons (fear is not to be feared!).
Independent coffee shops have sprung up everywhere recently, but who’s complaining? When you need to get some work done, nothing beats an oatmilk latte, the compulsory avocado and chilli on sourdough bread and free wifi.
Through the (corporate) grapevine
Join PwC’s GLEE (Gays, Lesbians and Everyone Else) network on 11 April for a discussion on Challenging Perceptions. The talk will broach topics such as stereotypes, unconscious bias and how to positively challenge these misconceptions in the workplace.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Significance as the new success”. Leaders today recognise that lasting success comes when you align passion and power with a higher purpose.
We interview Michael Harris, co-founder of charity and social enterprise, BeyondMe, which empowers professionals to create teams to tackle causes they’re passionate about.
Mr Smith gets nerfed, faces his fears and does some chores (!) in this week’s corner.