My blog posts since Tuesday have focused on a study from the Kenan-Flagler Business School that gives us extensive insight about millennials along with an analysis by Matt Miller, a Forbes contributor (“Why You Should Be Hiring Millennials [Infographic]” 7/3/12).

From that study, we learn 52% of millennials state career progression opportunities make a prospective employer attractive, and 65% assert the opportunity for personal development was the most important factor in their current job.

These statistics have serious implications for you and me as businesspersons.  Our organizations must pay more than just lip service to personal and professional development.  Millennials are searching for people who will be positive contributors in their lives.

This of course presupposes we as individuals are already growing, both personally and professionally.  We cannot lead others where we have not yet gone.  Therefore, the challenge for you and me and for our organizations is continuous growth.  Now is the time, more than ever, for us to be committed to growth.

I regularly assess my personal and professional growth.  I always have more to learn, refine, and understand.  I often reach out to mentors, peers, associates, friends, and family to gain every bit of insight possible.  After all, I have my blind spots.  What I miss, someone else will surely capture.

If we commit to doing this, then the future is bright for engaging our millennial generation more effectively.  The challenges of business in our increasingly complex world demand we do nothing less.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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