The transitional and transformational time when Generation Xers grew up should not be ignored or erased. To understand how the Millennials think and act today and might change the world tomorrow, the cloak of invisibility must be lifted.
Washington has failed young Americans for too long. Millennials struck out with Congress and the White House, winning nothing but minor concessions as their financial and job fortunes continue to stagnate. Now they're striking back.
Thanks to a quality of life now extending for many people into their 80s and even 90s, great-great-grandparents are supervising and are often times being supervised by workers 60 or more years younger.
We can deal with generational differences more effectively if we understand that Millennials are the product of the most educated parents in history. I get it; helicopter parents need to come down to earth. But get this, we involved parents are not going away.
The GOP will point out there are still way too many on the long-term unemployment insurance rolls, yes there is, but let's be clear, dropping them off the rolls does not magically create a job for them overnight.
Picture this, you are 28 years old and you have just been promoted to manager. You will now be leading a team of 5 people. You are excited about the new growth, yet apprehensive as you haven't formally had to lead or manage a team.
The millennials have been charged as being the generation that's delaying adulthood. Everything from young adults moving back in with their parents after college to delaying marriage to being entitled have been characterized as traits of this generation.
While Millennial workers' mindset may seem different to other generations, that doesn't mean they're any less engaged. So rather than poke more fun at this generation, let's work on setting some of these stigmas straight.
Today's grads are part of the Millennial Generation. They represent the second half of this generation, and I call them Generation iY, because they grew up influenced by the "i" world, iPods, iTunes, iPhones, iChat, iPads... you get the point.