Early in my career, I had an encounter with a senior leader that left such a vivid impression on me that I can still remember it like it was yesterday. It was our first meeting as manager-employee. We were less than five minutes into our conversation when he abruptly and sharply interrupted, “Wait, is your chair higher than mine?”
At which point all conversation was halted until we swapped chairs with one another because, “employees never sit higher than their employer.”
I kid you not.
Fast-forward a few years, and I’m sitting in a manager-employee meeting with my first Millennial hire. He was stubborn, impatient, entitled, advancement hungry and in need of constant feedback.
Seriously, at one point I remember thinking that this kid was worse than a Giga Pet (just Google it). And heaven knows I couldn’t keep one of those things alive to save my life.
View original post 896 more words