If you are or know a young adult who is struggling to build an amazing life, watch this 2-minute video where Simon Sinek describes the problem. (Follow along with the transcript below.)
Then, to learn the solution, watch the marvelous full 30-minute presentation.
We know what works!
Simon Sinek transcript:
“I’m talking about an entire generation that – if we don’t fix this – will go through life where (they say) everything is just fine. My friendships are fine. My work is fine. You know, same old same old. Nothing is ever amazing. And the scavenger hunt continues.
And then you go to the Fourth Observation, the most egregious of all of them: Environment.
We’re taking a generation that has Lower Self-Esteem (First Observation).
We’re taking a generation that has a Lack of Coping Mechanisms to deal with stress (Second Observation).
We’re dealing with a generation that wants all those things fixed immediately (Third Observation: Instant Gratification).
And we’re placing them in a work environment that values money more than people.
Do you know that most of the business philosophies and theories that we embrace as standard today are not standard. They are theories left over from the ‘80s and ‘90s.
The concept of shareholder supremacy was a theory proposed in the late 1970s. It was popularized in the 80s and 90s. The concept of using mass layoffs to balance the books did not exist in the United States prior to the 1980s. It did not exist. It became popular in the 80s and 90s.
The 80s and 90s were boom years. Anyone could make money. Relative peace: A kinder, gentler cold war. And so all of the business theories put forth were very, very selfish and all about enriching ourselves. And they worked for those times.
But these times are different. They are not peaceful times. These are not boom years. There is globalization on the internet that has made everything vastly more complicated, and those theories do not work anymore.
Worse, they’re having side effects. It’s really bad because what we do is we destroy corporate cultures.
The idea of using mass layoffs: Can you imagine sending someone home and saying, I’m sorry, I can no longer provide for our family because the company missed its arbitrary projections this year. That’s what we’re doing.
That’s like a coach prioritizing the needs of the fans over the needs of the players, hoping to build a great team.”