Originally Posted by Thomas
Man, I can't wait until the millenials are running things and no one really shows up for that crazy work business, or supervises, or any of that old-economy nonsense. Money will just grow on trees, milk and honey will flow freely from your iFridge, and no one will be butthurt because everyone's just a virtual person anyway.
This is something that I have a lot of trouble with as I move to a firm leadership position rather than just in my practice area. IMO there are two ways you can lead i) out of respect or ii) out of fear. When given the choice, everyone would choose to lead by respect. Leading by respect, however, requires that people want to succeed and excel at their job. My experiances indicate that people that are satisfied with mediocrity or the status quo do not respond well to this method because they never want to go that extra mile to get the job done right.
I have yet to have a millenial to work with me that has an inate desire excel at their career. They do not understand why they have to stay late, check their blackberries and respond to a client immediately. They do not understand that ho-hum work product is unacceptable. I tell them that I do not want to review any drafts that they are not confident in signing their name to and defending it to the court on the law and the client on the fees. In this line of work, all you have is your name and once it is sullied, opportunity goes with it. Despite this, I get sloppy work product and cannot get passed page three reading before I return it to them noting that the product is unacceptable.
Occasioninally it is a lack of understanding, too many times it is a lack of effort-- misspelled words, defined terms being misused, and poor argument structure. It all reflects that they have not put the work and care into it. Recently, an associate assured me that they had spent at least X amount of hours on this project. My response was that the work didn't show it. With them standing in my office, I pulled up the billing summary and found that they had put in 1/4 of the hours. No matter how hard i try, coaching, as the firm leadership committee pushes, never seems to get any results with these kids. Their name and a good work product (Not to mention keeping a job in this economy) are not enough of a motivator.
I am beginning to think that fear and swift consequneces are the only motivators that may be effective in dealing with the millenials. Perhaps being afraid of losing their job and having to tell Mom and Dad that not only are they going to have to up their allowance to pay for the PBR's. I think the Steve Jobs Model may be the only effective way to deal with these fragile little creatures.
Remainder of the story developing. If it breaks the way I think it will..... This will be great.