WHO WANTS TO BE A MANAGER?
By MARILYN MOATS KENNEDY, CHICAGO , USA (Management consultant)
I agree that there is a psychological recession out there; there is no excitement
In corporate America that anyone has been able to detect. But it is the wrong
Term: “ Recession “ implies that there is going to be a bounce back. And there
Is nothing that companies can do to make young people more interested in their
careers there. They don’t care about “making it” in corporate America.
I t makes it sound as though these people are sad. I don’t think they are sad at all.
They are pragmatic to a fault. They have looked around and said, This is reality.
Young people believe that they are never going to make it big in organizations ,
Not because they could not do it but because it’s not woth doing. What they want
is to make a reasonable amount of money for a reasonable amount of time expended. It does not make sense to make an emotional commitment to any business you do Not own. A company can lay you off at any time- It is a one-way commitment.
So they don’t want to be managers in companies; they don’t want to manage
People- or even themselves. They will give you twice the work for half the money
if they can be independent. They don’t want to participate in office politics; They
are not coming to your Christmas social; they are going to push an agenda every
day as hard as they can and be and be out there at 5; and if the boss does not like them, that’s no problem. Basically, they are willing to put up with jobs in companies until they reach the point where they have had enough experience that they can go out on their own.
Everybody young who is hired now will tell you that they don’t want to be
“employed” – they want to be 1099s. These people change jobs all the time,
and it’s no big deal.(If you hear anybody say “job-hopper”, you are dealing with someone who is mentally arthritic.)The biggest trend I’have seen over the past ten years is self-employment ; the heroes of the young are people like the guy who started Face book and the people who started Google. If I were head of a Fortune 50 Company, I would have a division of entrepreneurship, and I would be funding ideas- My own version of micro- lending. I would be trying to attract young people with ideas Into some kind of partnership, because there’s no way to convince these people that they don’t want to be self-employed.
And It’s not just under-30s who are feeling disconnected. Of 60-year olds,only 4
Percent have saved enough money to retire comfortably at 66. And 24 percent
Of children under the age of 12 have a father who’s at least 55. Those older workers are not going to retire at 65. In olden days, at 55, you wouldn’t even think about changing jobs or careers, because you had only 10 years to work. But if you are looking at twenty more years, you might think , “ I can’t do this for another 20 years - I will kill myself .“ So when older workers get a buy out offer, plenty of them are on board immediately.
And companies don’t understand that if one person asks for a package out, there are twenty – five more who want to get out.
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25th August 2008 From India , Pune
I have the impression, that what ever happens in America, follows in to India, in due course.
In seveties, while I was in the Army, I read the book " Crisis in Comand", based on the US Army's experiences in Vietnam War, surely the same seems to be happening to the India Army today.
In sixties, read in the Readers's Digest, "America is a cauldron, in which different casts and peoples are being brewed, for some civilisation to emerge in future. Same could be said of India, which, after the British left, is also a cauldron in the similar sense. The democracy, has forced has put us in similar situation as the US cauldron.
The trend as mentioned by MARILYN MOATS KENNEDY, CHICAGO, is, it is a forgone conclusion, is reaching the Indian ethos and culture. JUST WAIT AND WATCH.
6th September 2008 From India , Lucknow