Modern-Day Employment

As I progress in my career, I find certain ideas evolving around executive newcomers. Some of these findings are the result of ambitious youth and some from a revised financial mindset (circa 2008) that sees danger in projects that take too long or tie up too many people. Also, in an age of multi-taskers, modern technology

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has given people tools, dexterity, and abilities that have diminished the likelihood of success through the once-honored path from mailroom/stock-boy to corporate vice-president. Age is not the factor it once was, for one’s ability still counts. How should present-day administrators—who often straddle both age groups—adjust their thinking? I have some ideas.

Inclusive Progress

Although I believe in the benefits of slow, steady analysis, the younger executive today may not always be so patient. There should be intermittent reporting and observations within a few days of a project being assigned. That said, sloppy, unfinished work should not be presented—instead, there is a need to supply progress reports along the way instead of only a knockout product and presentation at the end. Assignments may be abruptly stopped midway through because what work has been completed “so far” is enough for higher management to move onto the next stage. There are deadlines on the way to the deadline. For lack of a better term, I call this “inclusive progress.” One should not be insulted if called off the job mid-stream. Perhaps enough quality data have been provided to get the administrators where they need to be. It is simply a new management style for a generation that has trimmed away unnecessary details and sees time as the most important factor. The relevance and accuracy of the information are valued most—five perfectly typed copies in leather binders is merely the show—save for the final presentation, if one gets to it.

Reinvent Yourself

In speaking to veteran workers, be willing to reinvent yourself. In spite of your long record of peak performance at a certain position, the new wave may decide your talents are better suited for another area. Don’t fight it. Embrace it. It seems this new group is interested enough in you and has enough trust to use your talents where it sees fit. For example, consider older entertainers who are still around today. Some began as singers, then became movie actors, then starred in a sit-com before they were hired for commercial endorsements. Stretch and reinvent yourself throughout your professional and personal life. Your longevity depends on it.

Know that troubles and challenges test you and prove your ability to handle pressure. I always notice how people handle direction at the onset of a new project or job. Some listen carefully and jot down

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