A Boomer, with Millennials, Starts a Digital Business
A few years ago I decided to found Families Connect, a digital business that provides an application for friends and families to stay connected in a user-defined, private environment. Throughout this endeavor, I have seen what baby boomers can learn from Millennials. I hope you will check out Families Connect, and sign-up for the application.
My reflections on this endeavor as a purpose-finding pursuit were the topic of a previous blog.
A Few Things This Baby Boomer has Learned Working With Millennials
Some Baby Boomers like to bash Millennials. Not me. Almost everyone I work with in connection with Families Connect is a Millennial, and most of them are women. I like this. They are the right people for the job, and I enjoy our workplace relationships.
However, I’ve learned a few things about Millennials. (At least the people with whom I’ve been fortunate to work.) Obviously, these are generalizations, expressed somewhat with tongue in cheek.
Some Boomers think Millennials are spoiled and entitled. Not in my experience. The people I work with are smart, determined, work hard, and are self-motivated.
Millennials do, however, have preferred methods of communication. These differ from what Boomers are used to. Millennials, in general, don’t like phone calls, particularly unexpected ones. Millennials hate
I insist on periodic face-to-face meetings, because I think much is lost without direct, personal interaction. This includes new ideas that may emerge from in-person communication. Meetings seem to be OK with Millennials, if they aren’t too frequent, don’t last too long, and are kept on task. That is fine with me.
I’ve learned to trust the judgment of people a generation younger than me. The Millennials working on Families Connect know a lot more about digital business than I do. They know our primary customer (women) better then I do. I don’t make a move without consulting my close Millennial advisors.
This Boomer is Glad
My earlier reflection on founding Families Connect regarded how this effort has provided purpose.
It also has provided me an opportunity to get to know a number of wonderful Millennials first hand.
I’m a fan; don’t believe what others may say.
Rick Bryant is the founder of Families Connect, LLC. He is also a husband, father of three adult children, and a grandfather to two. Before Families Connect, Rick founded and built an investment advisory business; co-founded a served as a partner in a private equity investment business; worked in investment banking; and practiced securities and corporate law. Rick reads widely; enjoys hunting and fishing; and has great ambitions for bees and his vegetable garden.