Back in 2008 I wrote an article in response to Barak Obama being elected as the 44th president of the United States, or as I like to refer to it; CEO of USA Inc. Eight years later “Yes We Can” likely has a whole different meaning for many folks on both the left and the right. I’ve reworked this article in context of where we are today and how different it seems things are, yet when we look below the surface, so much remains the same.
Psychopathic CEO’s…what species are they? On a lovely sunny afternoon; two psychopathic leaders of the dinosaur world are out for a walk discussing a truce between the species; one of the dinosaurs is the leader of the Prosauropods , the other is the leader of the Raptor’s. As they walk along each telling the other how fabulous they each are, for some reason they stop for a moment to discus how cool it is that they rule the world. Then suddenly the bright sky goes dark, they look up to see that a giant spherical shaped rock with an equally gigantic tail of fire has blocked out the sun. Then BOOM!!! The world goes dark and they and all the other dinosaurs come to an end.
If we were those dinosaurs, I’m sure it would have been unfathomable that we these great, powerful beasts that have ruled planet Earth for somewhere in the range of 165 million years could be gone in a flash. I’m pretty sure right up until the last minute those dinosaurs never saw what was coming. Let’s face it when you’ve had that much power for that long it’s got to feel pretty much like you are invincible. Of course, I realize that I am attributing far more conscious intelligence to those creators than science gives them credit for. However, I have to guess that it was a bit of a shock to go from all powerful in one moment to being future oil fields in the next.
Getting Millennials to Stick can feel like trying to keep the attention of a 3-year-old. “I’m bored, let play something else,” said the 3-year-old. “I’m bored, I’m going to work somewhere else,” said the 23-year-old.
Today we have an ever-increasing number of devices by which we can communicate. Yet our communication skills and our ability to truly connect appear to be disappearing faster than the polar ice caps.
As strange as it may seen, “Do You Speak Boomer or Millennial?” Is a reasonable question in today’s Leadership world:
I was chatting with someone recently about the focus of my new book “Fiercely Loyal” when that person asked me, “Why would Millennials listen to you? You’re a Boomer.”