Are ASEAN Millennials Incapable of Leadership Position?

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I’m in a leadership conference when the concerns about the organization organization also called Y generation, was discussed. According to the speaker , a number of senior executives and CEOs in America are reluctant to pass the leadership torch to these group because of the “alleged” delusional expectations and self-serving work ethics and behavior.

Millennial Generation

 

Before I throw my two cents on this, I did some readings to validate the b behavioral indicators being attributed to the millennials, and assess if the same are seen on Filipino millennials. Understanding the attributes of Filipino and ASEAN millennials is important given the ASEAN economic integration on 2015. This will affect talent management and engagement bec.. millennials, being tech savvy, will use social media to look for the best employer and/or opportunity in the region.

 

The Y generation is said to be

 

  1. Over confident

    They were raised in an environment w/ “too much” positive affirmation, and the y generation got the message too well. They knock on doors of HRs and employers w/ an overflowing confidence. But in most cases, the confidence is not supported by required skills for the job.

    My take: I  worked directly w/ millennials fresh from college. They are indeed a confident breed, they believe they can take a job beyond the entry level position even though they lack the requisite experience. I cannot say, however, that  it is exclusive to their generation, I’m an X gen..-er but I’m like that too when I was on their age, ha ha. 

  2. Accustomed to “instant

    The millennials are said to be impatient because they grew-up receiving things from their parents w/o a sweat.  Because of this, according to studies,millennials developed a sense of entitlement.

    My take: Not too long ago, my fresh grad staff,  who just received her regularization papers, asked when she can be considered for the next level position. I said 2 years, she find it too long, and eventually left the company after 1 year of employment.Though I believe there is a grain of truth on this observation, specially to well off kids, social media also played a bigger role why millennials want to prove they can succeed overnight. The Y generation understood and at some extent “overuse” personal branding by unconsciously out-bragging each other w/ their latest conquer or feat. 

  3. Prefer schooling over work

    Millennials take the MBA route (or any study thereof) to get to the dream position they wanted instead of rolling-out their sleeves to work.

    My take: While I have observed the same behavior from the millennials around me, but another reason for this is the lack of job opportunity locally and the desire to work and eventually settle abroad. 

  4. Nonconformist

    Because millennials are self focused, they enter the workforce asserting their individuality. Thus, they  pose a problem in team chemistry and conformance to certain office norms.

    My take: I don’t think Filipino millennials are “too” individual centered, in fact, they flock amongst themselves and can have a unified agenda. If a boss is not careful, the whole bunch can turn against him/her. However, I do encounter non conformance issues w/ Filipino millennials on the  following:- company uniform and grooming - work schedule - leadership structures and protocols 

  5. Lacks loyalty

    The millennials are believed to be unattached to a lot of things. When new gadget comes along, they sell the old  and get a new one. The same goes w/ employment, if another employer offers something better,adios amigo!

    My take: I agree,  it’s no biggie for them to change work. 

  6. Loudest on Social Media, Poor on Face to Face Communication

    The millennials are said to be at home w/ social media. They also speak their mind about their experiences, be it good or bad. The bad side, they are poor on face to face communication.

    My take: At some extent, I agree. The millennials strength can also be their downfall. Some are bolder in expressing their thoughts on social media but chicken-out face to face.

    Read more about the millennials here and here

Are Millennials A Throw Away Generation?

 

Millennials, Filipino or not, in my opinion, should not be labelled as throw away generation. If true that millennials are no good, then it speaks of the lousy parenting of the previous generation, right? The millennials are different but we are like them in many ways when we are at their age. What they have that we don’t at our time, is  social media. A  tool that enabled them to multi-task, but also a source of pressure to show-off and encouraged the “selfie” attitude.

Are Filipino and ASEAN Millennials Different?

Because of cable TV and the internet, ASEAN millennials are similarly exposed to the determinants of its American counterparts, thus, all millennials have similarities. But the Philippines  (and all ASEAN countries, I would like to believe) have it’s own cultural uniqueness that made them a little different. For the Philippines, these are:

  1. The liberal brand of Philippine democracy
  2. OFW parenting
  3. Extended family.
  4. High cost of education (to Filipinos living in the Philippines)
  5. Lack of work opportunities.
  6. Corruption and inequitable distribution of wealth
  7. Economic see-saw

Because of this, a study find Filipino millennials  are open to seeking global opportunity, demands a flexible work schedules and they value work-life balance.  This was supported by the findings of DOLE who finds fresh graduates picky. Likewise, some Filipino millennials have ventured into the work at home scheme or freelance work like oDesk and professional blogging.


The good side:
  millennials avoid the mistake of their parents that is too much work (in Philippine context, work abroad) and limited time for family.


The bad side
millennials would rather be jobless than get a job that they don’t want.  This is specially true for well-off family.

 

The generation y are empowered at an early age, they are bolder. And this is good because studies find Filipino millennials are entrepreneurial. What the Philippines needs is an entrepreneurial revolution, in this way, we’ll stop exporting labor.

Now this is the awesome part and uniquely Filipino. Because of our closely knitted family, Filipino millennials are the happiest in Asia . Though facing the prospect of limited opportunities, millennials find family as source of happiness.

The millennials’ worse enemy are themselves, not the oldies.

Millennia’s have to overcome their lack of patience and learn the art of  waiting. There are things in life (and work) that can only be appreciated and acquired thru time. Experience in leadership and management is one. Likewise, they need to overcome the know it all attitude typical to any young person, and learn to listen. Furthermore, if the y generation if not careful w/ their online behavior,  it’ll be their downfall. Career and biz opportunities can be lost because of the “share button”.

What is the role of the older generation?

Like every upcoming leader, the millennials need a mentor and/or coach. But the oldies should also learn to accept and adapt to the value adding innovation and new way of doing things that millennials bring. We should also learn to shut our mouth and listen. We, that “has been there and done that”,  can effectively guide the millennials to find their  purpose and place in this life. “If” the nurturing approach of parenting used for millennials made them less responsible, mentors should help create an environment that will fill this void. Biz venture or getting an MT like intervention may do.

What the millennials can do

  1. organization should “listen” also from the learnings of the x and y generation.
  2. Millennials should put their loyalty towards their purpose, not on another person, or organization.
  3. Develop face to face communication skills and get used to the “in your face and no holds bar discussion” of issues. Serious talk cannot be done on Twitter or Facebook.
  4. Use social computing not only for self-expression, but for social good. But, hmmm, they do not need the oldies to teach them this, it is their territory.

Got a thought? Speak up and spark a conversation.

 

 

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Are ASEAN Millennials Incapable of Leadership Position?
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Most senior executives and CEOs, according to one speaker, are reluctant to pass the leadership torch to the millennials because of the "alleged" delusional expectations and self-serving work ethics and behaviour. Do you agree?

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SONNIE SANTOS is the Chief Equipping Officer of WSPH Training and Consulting, his group specialises on Social Business and Employer Branding, Digital Strategy, Corporate Improvement Programs and People and Organizational Development.

He is also the pioneer advocate of cyber wellness- giving talks to promote (1) digital parenting, (2) data privacy, (3) social web for social good and (4) bullying prevention.

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