Blessed to be back for another week of the Millennial Minute.
Poll question of the week, have you ever felt trapped in a job role? Last week while facilitating a professional career course at a local HBCU, we were asked to discuss an article called The Cruelest Thing You Can Do to an Employee and Your Business. The author John Logan basically says “The cruelest thing you can do to an employee and your business is give them a title and draw a box around their name.” I immediately thought about when I first got into media sales and the word disloyal, another common word I hear with our generation.
When I accepted the offer for my first media sales job, I was …
- Hype to be at the Company I had admired for years
- Excited to be starting in a new city and
- Ready to take over the world! I was a sponge, taking it all in. (advice: being a sponge/lifelong learner will serve you forever. Never stop learning!)
So, within my first year, I was labeled a “rising star” and I had managed to excel quickly in my core role. But I had the “itch.” Many of you know this feeling. You are doing something well, settling in, and then you have an itch to do something else to stay fulfilled. Now, I am allergic to complacency, and I know many fellow Millennials are the same. I avoid that feeling like the plague (and I encourage everyone to check their complacency meter every once in a while). After all, doing well and being fulfilled are not the same thing.
Over the years, I noticed several areas in the workplace that I believed I could impact. Me being me, I decided to share some of my ideas and solutions with upper management. I remember this so vividly. I was in conversation with our General Manager at the time, she stopped me mid-sentence, grabbed my shoulders, and said “Brittney, we are so excited to see your enthusiasm and we love it. But, you’re still so young in the industry, I just want you to worry about selling. Don’t worry about all of those other things.” I wish I had a snapshot of my face that day when I heard that. Probably looked something like. I put on the best fake smile and walked away thinking #youtriedit but from that conversation, I was more determined than ever to do all the things I intended. The easiest way to challenge me is to challenge me.