Millennial Generation An Odd Workforce

Beefs and Beliefs

Management guru says youngest generation doesn’t know the difference between truth and lie.

Published on: September 8, 2011

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.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    the guy you were listening to is a liar and a charlatan. One of the Millennial Generation's highest values is honesty and they have a helluva lot more integrity than the Boomer generation, if by that word you mean aligning your behavior with your beliefs. If you would like hard data on this generation, rather than some old guy's prejudiced opinion of American youth, read our newest book, Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation is Remaking America, assuming you didn't read our first one, Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube and the Future of American Politics.

  2. Anonymous says:

    HUM...the last comment that promotes their reading material could us a dose of humility...speaking of integrity...

  3. Anonymous says:

    Leave it to the self celebratory youth above. Millenials rising is a sham, marketed to kids who are used to hearing they are great for "participating." Research suggests these kids lie and cheat in greater numbers than their parents but think their morals are "OK." http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2008-11-30-students-dishonesty_N.htm They also lack empathy compared to previous generations. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100528081434.htm

  4. Anonymous says:

    Actually, if you want to read a pertinent book that encapsulates the blatant self glorification in the previous post, read "Generation Me" or "The Narcissism Epidemic." I left teaching after 20 years of watching the kids get lazier, more dishonest, and more entitled. All these chubby video game players are just as chubby on the inside. Our countries rankings in academic proficiency highlights this quite well.