Every generation creates a new set of prime values to uphold and live out. The millennial generation (born 1980-2000) is now coming to adulthood and leadership. Here are three brief observations about working and meeting with millennials:
1. Don’t waste their time. Millennials value action, productivity, and efficiency above all else. With instant information and communication, the world’s problems are always in their faces. They perceive “too much to do and too little time.” Make sure you have a clear plan of action for every meeting.
2. Embrace flexibility. Google Docs, Skype, the GroupMe app, Facetime, GoToMeeting…all these help to decentralize workplaces and meeting environments. They allow for mobile presence. They have, of course, some inherent dangers, but it’s fruitless to fight the inevitable. Utilize mobile meetings.
3. Always answer the “why.” Millennials want to belong to something bigger than themselves, to be part of a movement. Tap into that desire, and they will give their lives for the cause. You will need to make an extra effort to communicate why you are doing something, always pointing back to the foundational example of Jesus.
[Editor’s Note: This article excerpted from Practical Stuff for Pastors: Managing People, Group Publishing, Inc.)