Young Leaders

Are you hiring young people?







I meet a lot of business owners and managers who hire young people to work in their business.   They often complain about the lack of maturity they possess and the “laziness” factor.  Managers also complain of the high percentage of “calling out” of work.

When asked for the reason business owners continue to hire teeangers and college students they say things like…

“to fill gaps in staffing during busy times of the year.”

“because our younger staff will work for a lower wages.”

” we want to bring enthusiasm into our organization.”

“to do “thankless” jobs that more experienced employees grumble about.”

A few business owners shared that younger workers require less time off and do not have familiy responsibilities to work around.

Several managers shared that their younger staff are more savvy with new technology and having creative ways to accomplish tasks.

There are a lot of challenges to hiring younger staff as well as some perks.

What would happen if we (you and I) saw these challenges as opportunities to pour into the next generation?  What if we decided to mentor these students and tap into their potential?

What would that look like?  Where would we start?

Here is a short list of 21 comments and questions to get us started.

  1. What do you want? What do you really want?
  2. Who do you want to become? Find someone to look up to.
  3. Why do you matter? Why are you here?
  4. Rise up… dont let older people kill your dreams
  5. What is your next step?
  6. We all make mistakes. What will you do next time?
  7. Who are you helping on your journey?
  8. Know what frustrates you.
  9. Try again… and then try again
  10. What do you need to stop doing?
  11. Find a mentor and listen to him or her.
  12. Stop complaining… instead do something to make the situation better.
  13. Live in the present and plan for the future present.
  14. I love that you are __________________________.
  15. I believe in you.
  16. What is stopping you?
  17. What can I do for you?
  18. What is important to you right now?
  19. Discover your core values and then practice living them out.
  20. Do your behaviors express your values or beliefs?
  21. What are your priorities?

21 questions and comments to get you started on mentoring young people to become leaders.  Hopefully this will be helpful as you choose to look at our young staff members as leaders.

Heck, if you choose to look at young people as leaders, they may just become one.

Will you choose to invest in the NEXT generation in an intentional way?

Will you pick a young person to invest in?

Let me know if you will accept this challenge.  Would love to hear from you.




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