My wife and I recently purchased a set of golf clubs for our 3-year-old daughter. In addition to being adorable to watch and providing another opportunity for family time, this has actually helped me think more openly about leading Millennials.
You see, when you play golf with a 3-year-old, you learn a new way to approach a round of golf. 9 holes no longer takes a couple hours…3 or 4 holes may take that long. Also, there will be random moments where she will want to hit a shot and others where she will simply want to walk the entire par 5 with you. So, what does that have to do with leading Millennials? It challenges the time-honored principle of “the way it’s always been done.”
It forces me to really think about why I approach a round of golf the way I do. Why do we have to be quick between shots (we play in the evening and are typically the last group out)? Is her grip on the club really that important today? Does it really matter if it takes 45 minutes to play a par 5? These are all questions that challenge me to remove my experience bias. The bias that things should be done a certain way because that is how I have experienced them.
Millennials bring ideas and approaches to be workplace that challenge the “way things have always been done.” As individuals leading Millennials, it is up to us to determine how we will respond. We can either do things the way they’ve always been done or we can open our minds and challenge ourselves to give a new idea a shot. I know I enjoy my rounds of golf with my family just as much, if not more, using my daughter’s approach.
So, what is your golf course walk?