Give and Take in the Millennial Generation

I once had a manager tell me that it was my job to make her look good and her job to make me look good – somewhat of a shocking statement for me, a newbie to the workforce, to hear.

But as I quickly found out, this philosophy is all about give and take, and finding a balance between the two; something, Adam Grant, award-winning tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, talks about in his book, Give and Take.

If you’re anything like me, your mornings go something like this: rush out the door, grab a latte on the way to work and catch up on the latest news (via iPhone) along the way. Yesterday morning was like any other, but I did manage to capture a few minutes of the Today Show before beginning my commute.

The show featured Grant, a few highlights of his book and the research he’s done on the power of giving to get ahead in business. He highlights a shift in the business mindset, leading to better development of leadership through collaboration and networking, a shift from focusing success drivers on hard work, talent and essentially, luck, to a dependence on how people interact with others.

Which takes me back to my first point about give and take and what Grant is telling us: Business relationships in the Millennial generation are not “you do this, I’ll take credit.” Rather, they are about giving credit where credit is due, working hard and earning time to relax with a little karaoke to build stronger relationships with co-workers.


Feature Photo Credit: Stephen Huneck