Reflecting on what ELs bring to the table, it dawned on me that we bring a great deal of traits that our predecessors don’t readily recognize as value-added skills. For example, an exceptional skill that ELs possess that is traditionally considered “bad” is that we job hop. For experienced professionals, job hopping equals lack focus or direction, a wanderlust not easily sated in one position, a penchant for constant change and lack of commitment and passion for what we do. But I know that the real reason ELs change jobs quickly is because we are constantly seeking to develop ourselves. We are committed to improvement in a way that other generations did not and may not ever understand.
The Leaders of tomorrow are nimble and adapt to an ever changing career landscape. No other generation has seen so much change in industry, workforce and technology the way we have. No other generation has seen, and in some cases, experienced firsthand, the lack of loyalty from organizations. And no other generation will have to face the growing fact that our leaders are aging and eventually will have to hand the reins to someone else, who will likely be…younger. Read the rest of this entry »