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Don't Manage
Your Millennials:

By Warren Wright,
Coaching Millennials

Coach Them!

I

n October 2005, I had the rare opportunity, as part of the University of Nebraska
Executive MBA program, to attend an event
called "Conversations with Bill Gates and
Warren Buffett". On stage were the two richest men in the world, fielding questions from
students. Bill Gates said that through their
friendship, Buffett has made him the man
he is now, thanks to constant mentoring and
coaching that is "grounded in wisdom, experience, and a genuine interest in my well being."
Not everyone can have Warren Buffett as a
coach, or Bill Gates as someone to coach, but
supervisors and managers in organizations
around the world are increasingly seeing the
role that coaching plays in the development
of their employees, particularly Millennial
employees. For Millennials, coaching is the
new managing. With Millennials now representing over one-third of the workforce, now

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is a good time to rethink what it means to
be a boss. Retaining the best and brightest
Millennials will depend on a supervisor's ability to transition from a "manager" to a "coach."

The Difference between
Managing and Coaching
In 1919, Frederick Taylor, a mechanical
engineer, defined "management" as the science of maximizing the efficiency of an individual to a role. As Taylor saw it, people are
'capital' who are deployed to meet a business
imperative. He measured progress through
time motion studies. In his theory, and in
practice for over a century, a worker's efficiency
increased with repetition. Once an employee
found his or her niche, they did that task-for
life. The notion of developing that person into
something greater than their ability to perform
a certain task was not a consideration.

Fast forward to present day. Certainly, no
HR department can say that they ascribe to
this philosophy and practice, yet remnants
of it do remain in the culture of management. In old-school management, the boss
is the parent, and the employee is the child.
The boss provides ground rules and 'consequences' for not achieving goals. Emphasis
in this relationship is often around annual
reviews where 'areas of opportunities' (code
words for weaknesses) are discussed.
How is this different from coaching?
Coaching is a form of individual development based on a strong relationship between
the two parties. In this relationship, the coach
always has the best interest in mind for the
person being coached. In this respect, a coaching relationship is analogous to a doctorpatient relationship, where the doctor swears
a Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. Good
coaches spend their time focusing on their
employees' development, measuring and
tracking performance, optimizing roles on team, and
maintaining a winning
culture. The coach has

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HR Connections Michigan 2017

Save the Date – “HRevolution”
Welcome Message
Frequently Asked Questions/Sponsors List
Don’t Manage Your Millennials: Coach Them!
Support the SHRM Foundation
Becoming Mindful Healthcare Consumers
Employment Law: 5 Little-Known, But Important, Updates
Why Being “Authentic” is Nonsense
The HR Department of the New Millennium
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - Intro
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - cover1
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - cover2
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - Save the Date – “HRevolution”
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - 4
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - 5
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - Welcome Message
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - Frequently Asked Questions/Sponsors List
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - Don’t Manage Your Millennials: Coach Them!
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - 9
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - 10
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - Support the SHRM Foundation
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - Becoming Mindful Healthcare Consumers
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - Employment Law: 5 Little-Known, But Important, Updates
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - 14
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - Why Being “Authentic” is Nonsense
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - The HR Department of the New Millennium
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - 17
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - cover3
HR Connections Michigan 2017 - cover4
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