This week, I am drilling down on practical ideas you can use to equip Generation Y (or the students I call Generation iY who have been born since 1990). I have a couple more suggestions below to add to our list…
5. Help them to focus.
Generation Y often becomes fuzzy because they scatter themselves so thin in a variety of different activities. They don’t want to miss anything life has to offer. Work with them to focus on one meaningful objective at a time. Our organization has created a curriculum called, Habitudes®: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes. I often remind them of the Habitude®: “Rivers and Floods.” We must become rivers, not floods. Rivers are helpful. Floods are damaging. I tell them: You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. You must say “no” in order to flow.
6. Establish environments where they interact with multiple generations.
Highlight the differences in inward strengths and how each person adds value. Induce connections where both adults and students interact meaningfully, and work at those connections. In addition, help them become willing to function independently of their friends. Work to build interdependence rather than co-dependence. Create face-to-face relationships with them: Opportunities to be mentored as well as peer communities where they meet in person and both add value; mutual mentoring. As parents, my wife and I have had our kids “host” parties where they learn how to initiate in face-to-face relationships. Yes, it’s a hassle, but we felt they must learn to communicate and handle conflict or differences.
I’d love for you to weigh in. Do you see them struggle with focus and with emotional intelligence because they don’t interact well with older generations? What do you think?
Countdown to the book release: Generation iY — Our Last Chance to Save Their Future: 14 days