(Note: I was inspired to experiment with this form by a guest post on Sean Stannard-Stockton’s Tactical Philanthropy blog by Nonprofit Finance Fund Capital Partners founder George Overholser. I hope you enjoy it.)
- An oft-heard complaint about Generation Y (and other “emerging leaders”) is that they have a sense of entitlement—that they think they are smarter than everyone else.
- I don’t believe that people in Generation Y are any smarter than generations that came before.
- HOWEVER, here’s something I do believe:
- The people in Generation Y that YOU DEAL WITH in YOUR OFFICE are very likely smarter than the people who would have been in that office in earlier generations.
- Which means that they may well be smarter than YOU!
- The secret power of Generation Y is not that we’re smarter: it is that we are MORE
- More numerous: the population of the world is 6.7 billion, 81% higher than it was in 1970.
- More highly educated: 29% of Americans age 25 and older have bachelor’s degrees now, compared to 11% in 1970.
- More professional: Nearly one-third of employed Americans work in the so-called “creative class” (i.e., white-collar professions), compared to about a fifth in 1970.
- More egalitarian: the percentage of women in the workplace has shot up both domestically (from 43% to 59% between 1970 and 2006) and internationally, and racial barriers to employment have lessened significantly.
- More ambitious: The number of high-quality colleges that offer meaningful financial aid has exploded; many more scholarships exist for talented low-income individuals.