Our Corporate Life
June 26, 2012   •   Volume 3, Issue 13   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Reverse Mentoring
Ask Amanda: How can I hold my own in meetings with strong personalities?
♦   Practical Tips: Clear Communication
Reverse Mentoring

Millennials (those born after 1980) have much to offer their more senior teammates beyond just technology advice. Here are six areas where their approach offers transferable business lessons.

Brand Building
Growing up, Millennials have been encouraged to create a distinctive personal brand. Branding permeated our culture during their formative years and as a group they have embraced, and largely mastered, the basics of creating a personal brand. They are particularly adept at maintaining a consistent voice across all social media platforms.
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Thought to Ponder

To finish first; first you must finish.

Practical Tips:
Clear Communication

Cutting communication corners when deadlines get tight almost always backfires. While it may seem efficient to pass information to your teammates on the fly, it rarely saves time in the long run since these conversations and decisions are undocumented—and invariably someone is out of the loop. Accepted wisdom states that it generally takes three times longer to fix a mistake than it would have taken to do it right the first time.
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 ask Amanda

I've just been promoted and am in a company with a lot of strong personalities. It's hard to get heard. In meetings, everyone talks over each other—it's so rude. How can I hold my own with such strong personalities? J.G., Los Angeles, CA

Amanda Mitchell

People do what works for them. The fact that there is a lot of talking means that this is how these people relate, and it reflects the culture of the firm. It’s not necessarily “rude” if this behavior is implicitly agreed to—and judging their behavior puts you even further on the sidelines than you already are.
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