Young people are VERY annoying. They ignore your sage advice, they throw out all your “best” practices.
They call you square.
Now, one might be prone to a sanguine shrug, a “What do they know?!” But no, we don’t. We gnash and complain. Why? Because we see the waning of our light, we see emergence, we see progress, and we don’t like it.
We can make a choice, though. To embrace that which Millennials and digital natives do not so much embrace as imbibe and breath. We can make that choice, and we probably should.
What does that mean for our work? Probably that we move to the edge – of the thinking, of the practices, of the organization. From there we watch the core get hollowed out, increasingly outsourced and automated.
We can be that edge worker if we make the choice, if we seek the emergent thinking in our world of complexity
The fiendish child might call us square, but you can teach an old dog new tricks. And it’s hip to be square, as Huey Lewis taught us.
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