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So, I’ve spent some time today doing research.  Its research that I need to do, but always
have an activity or something that keeps me from buckling down and just being
nerdy.
As I’ve begun serving here at Fellowship, I’ve come across
some of the amazing leaders and strategists we not only have in NWA, but here
in our church.
One such guy is Steve
Graves
(@stephenrgraves).  This
article was in my bin of “things to read” (yes, that’s how I keep the good
stuff but get it out of my current inbox!). 
I had kind a read it once, but came back to it, so the words could
marinate a little more.  
How
Big Companies are Missing it with Millennials
– hits at the core of the
American business structure.  It brings
about some very true points.  It puts
perspective on behavior and mindset.  It doesn’t
make excuses, but explains the behavior of a generation that could help us and
take us to the next level or who we could hinder to frustration and burnout.   
But what it doesn’t say is “quit being fearful”.  These are my words!  Think about it, especially if you’ve ever
manages a group of people.  Are you
scared that you will hire an awesome rockstar and they will be better than you?
(isn’t that the point?)  Are you scared
you will hire someone who will offer a suggestion in a meeting with your boss
that is a fantastic idea?  Are you scared
that the young gun, flat belly might come up with an idea to improve a process
you’ve had in place for 20 years?  Are you
scared that you’ve always done business a certain way when you could make one
small adjustment and increase dividends and still have freedom on Friday
afternoon.
I’m just saying.  We
give these Millenial types a lot of crap. 
We read books and “try to understand” them as if they are a new species
of a wild, exotic jungle animal that has protruded from the far reaches of the
Amazon.  We’ve been knowing these kids
for 20+ years.  We catered our
commercials to their wants and needs.  We
fell victim to their cravings for new, different, quicker and more effective
technology. We changed our jingles to catch their attention just enough to
annoy their parents.  We changed the way
we interacted with them in the elementary and college classroom.  We handed them all a blue ribbon and taught
them to dream beyond their backyard.  We
equipped them to be grown-ups and believe in themselves triple-fold to the
generation before them.
So, why are we surprised that they are little creative
geniuses who think they have the power to improve our world?  Because they can!
Our job (or the job of those who came before them) is to
embrace their strengths, harness their downfalls and equip them to run the
world in greater and better ways than it has to date.  
I think times they are a changing and I think it can be a
good thing if we will stop complaining and start embracing.  Stop degrading and start encouraging.  Stop withholding and start investing.
I mean when you can buy a cup of coffee, a purse, a pitza
and change someone’s life toward curing a world epidemic…it’s time to start
paying attention!
Thanks Steve
for getting me all fired up!