I haven’t thought of culture change a lot, but I have been hearing a bunch about it, especially in professional and collegiate football. With more awareness of head trauma and how the game [should] be played and enforced, we’ve seen the game altered just enough toward safety to make it enjoyable to watch again.
However, I never realized how deep the NFL is taking this culture change until this morning when I heard Clay Matthews may be out for several weeks due to a broken thumb. In the past, a broken thumb would get a cast and bandaged up and the player would return to the lineup the very next week (ala Brett Favre).
Now, it’s taken care of properly and the player doesn’t return until they are medically cleared. Even for a guy like Clay Matthews, who plays hard and breaks hard.
At first my reaction to the news was, what! Matthews out for a month or more? Here is a guy who can’t buy an injury break. As talented as he is, he’s been injured to some extent every year around the mid part of the season.
It’s a broken thumb you ninny…
Another great article showcasing how we are fighting the stereotypes of our generation and trying to grow up, become responsible not only for ourselves but for the messes of past generations and get ahead despite our fumbling start.
Originally posted on Business & Money:
By most account, America’s young consumers are stereotyped as a selfish, impulsive, highly indulged bunch. More so than other age groups, Gen Y has been shown to splurge on restaurant meals they probably can’t afford, pamper themselves with impulse buys, and partake in “self-gifting” during the holidays. They’ve also been criticized in the workplace for focusing on their own needs rather than on-the-job performance.
But the idea that all millennials act the same way, or that millennials as a group are entirely self-centered and unwilling to sacrifice is just plain wrong. Here’s some proof:
They’re eating out less. Normally, young people can be counted on to frequently eat out at restaurants. In 2007, for instance, Americans in the 18 to 34-year-old demographic averaged 252 dining experiences outside the house annually. According to a new study from the NPD Group, the current average for that same age group is 202—or about one fewer meal out per week. Older consumers have always tended to spend more per restaurant outing than younger diners, but young people have traditionally gone out to eat more often. Not anymore. Adults in the 35 to 49 age group, as well as those in the 50+ demo are eating out more frequently than millennials.
I think this article paints a strong picture for many situations that us millennials find ourselves in. Hopefully it’s a strong starter of throwing off the stigmas that come from being associated with Gen Y. We are not selfish, lazy and unmotivated…we are resourceful, trying to survive and feel an unprecedented urgency to get things done and find sustainable change to the world that our predecessors left for us to clean up.
Part One Recap:
Growing up millennials were told:
- Go to college right after high school and get a degree, any degree—everyone needs to go to college, a 4-year degree is preferred, a post-graduate will solidify your way
- Work extra hard, get solid grades, and join as many extracurricular activities as possible
- Gain work experience through internships and externships
- Even if you take out student loans you’ll get a strong paying job that will cover the payments
- By the time you graduate a mass exodus of boomers will be retiring opening up a lot of jobs
What reality has taught us:
- Technology and streamlining/downsizing/rightsizing have eliminated many positions
- The economy crashed causing many boomers to lose life savings or find crushing investment losses
- Boomers just like to work and work and work and work
- There are many millennials with college degrees working in retail, foodservice or other traditionally low wage/low hour positions
As a result, many millennials feel duped, shortchanged, under appreciated and financially strapped from buying homes, getting married, raising families and paying off loan debt
So how does God view work?
As I said last week, God went first. Work was meant for something that we were supposed to do to worship and glorify Him through using our gifts and talents, regardless of our actual work position. We were meant to work to bring dignity and resources into our home. The following scriptures (NIV) give a snapshot of work and will be the defining scriptures for the rest of the blog. Continue reading →
Growing up in my parents and grandparents world, work to me was taught as something you did for 25-30 years at the same place of employment, maybe two…three if you’re unlucky or bored, and then retired. Previous to my grandparents, and even part of my grandparents, most people worked in an agricultural job, either farming or something related, and rarely made the big move to the city to take on different styles of work.
Heaven forbid an office job!
Fast forward to today and we have a staggering amount of young professionals entering the workforce, underemployed, misemployed or dissatisfied with their current career. In addition, many boomers and Generation Xers are still working hard to make ends meet. A lot of these people are also in the same boat as the millennial generation in work, and sadly, even more of these folks are unemployed!
Gone are the days of loyalty of the employer to the employee and vice versa. Earning opportunity, economic and financial pressure, greed, lust for the corner office, and easier transferability of skills and ideas, lead to most career minded individuals changing jobs at least 11-15 times in one career.
That’s a lot of moving personal items in copy paper boxes! Continue reading →
The ancient Chinese proverb reveals, “Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Certainly this proverb shows the power of education and mentorship designed for a young apprentice and the seasoned veteran.
The Junior Achievement (JA) Business Challenge extends this proverb into the culture of our 21st Century business environment. The purpose of JA is “to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.” To achieve this end, JA has created the Business Challenge capstone experience for high school students to really understand what it takes to create, compete and be successful in today’s business climate. JA gives students the education needed to navigate business, and through the power of mentorship, partnership and collaboration, the JA Business Challenge equips the students to engage in entrepreneurial endeavors that will teach them practical business fundamentals and grant them the confidence needed to live out their boundless potential, creativity and talents. Continue reading →
In my leadership classes that I took in college and graduate school, a lot of the personality assessment focused on the Myers Briggs Test. For those who don’t know the Myers Briggs Test helps determine your personality and how you normally interact with other people and teams. By knowing what type you are, you can establish your leadership style and tactics and learn how to become a more effective leader.
A quick rundown of the dichotomy shows how the personality types match up:
|Extraversion (E) –||(I) Introversion|
|Sensing (S) –||(N) Intuition|
|Thinking (T) –||(F) Feeling|
|Judging (J) –||(P) Perception|
Or for those who prefer pictures:
So with all of this in mind, here is a comical look at the common prayers by a stereotype of the personality types highlighted in this beloved assessment:
ISTJ: Lord help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 11:41.23 am e.s.t.
ISTP: God help me to consider people’s feelings, even if most of them ARE hypersensitive. Continue reading →
I was born a “nice guy”. At least I had that stigma associated with being a nice and good kid. Looking back, I was pretty nice, maybe a little naive, but certainly did not like being called a nice guy. Even at a young age I realized that nice guys don’t the get the corner office, the girl, or fast car. They usually are a typecast geek, stifled to a joke. Yet, there I was, the nice guy.
Nice guys finish last…period.
No matter how much I tried to shake it, I was known as the nice guy, even in college when I was anything but nice. I hated who I was. I didn’t want to be the nice guy…I wanted prestige and a name for myself more than the heart God created for me. Continue reading →