A few days ago I had a disappointing moment of enlightenment when I heard management consultant Don Tyler talk about the state of our work force, particularly those youngest workers in the “millennial” generation.
Tyler, an Indiana-based management coach and founder of Tyler & Associates, said a lot of interesting things that day about this youngest generation. One of the most telling, I thought, was that these young people don’t know the meaning of “integrity” and “honesty.”
In fact, he said you may need to explain the difference between lying and telling the truth.
Tyler said if such ethos are part of your company’s core values you need to write them down, verbally stress them and walk them out, and you should explain what these words mean to these young people.
You mean they don’t know?
To me, it is an appalling sign of the times that we have a whole generation of people to don’t understand what it means to be honest or to have integrity or to tell the truth.
I believe the social ramifications of this are frightening.
How can we elect a better government than what we have now; largely populated by manipulators and deceivers?
How can anything in a free society function if the future generations are liars and cheaters?
We’ll have the complete story on Tyler’s descriptions of how to work with millennials in the January edition of Beef Producer. Watch for it in your mailbox.