The Beauty of Youth

If I had a dollar for every time a business leader said to me, “Young people just don’t have the work ethic they used to,” I could make a pretty tall stack of bills.  Let me tell you, those leaders all were wrong.

Six years ago, Advisa was Bob Wilson & Associates and our average age was probably north of 50.  John Ranalletta (one of our elder statesmen) might say, “Only carbon dating the group could yield an accurate estimate of true age.”  We definitely had excitement and enthusiasm.  We worked hard too.  But, we were, as a group, let me say this carefully, “old”.

Yes, many of us that were there then are still here now.  And we’re older.  (I’d like to think we’re wiser too.)  As people used to tell me (prior to being in the club), “There’s nothing wrong with consultants having some grey hair.”

Our reality today is very different.  Four of our team members are under 40.  BJ McKay, our newest arrival, just turned 30 last week.  And I’ve got to tell you, we’ve been energized by our newfound youth.  BJ’s enthusiasm about training sales people, employee retention and Predictive Index® are contagious.  Dana Harrison, our Advisa Hiring Manager, is passionate about assessment and selection, best hiring practices and developing recruiting metrics for our business.  Aszure Grimes has just completed her first Strategic Planning Workshop and she can’t contain either her questions or her ideas.  And Heather Haas, our COO and my successor, continues to demonstrate the organizational planning skills that yield engaged employees within Advisa and our clients.

Nobody works harder than our young staff.  Our greybeards work awfully hard too, but it’s really been fun to watch us get younger.  The enthusiasm of youth is rubbing off on some of us codgers.

Young people do have the work ethic they used to.  Unleashing their unbridled energy is as simple as 1, 2, 3.  1.  Give them work that suits who they are.  2.  Motivate them in a way that satisfies their needs.  3.  Tie their interests to a strategy that matters to them.  Those three efforts build confidence in anyone – young or old.  And they are what creates a confident organization.  And a confident organization yields results.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you here again next Tuesday.

Bob Wilson, President