Arika Pierce on Bridging the Gap with Millennials


Eric Pearce on dose of leadership. Welcome to the show. Hi, thank you so much for having me. I'm excited to be here. Excited to have you on. Talking about this millennials in shows almost eight years old and I've had. A handful of guests and we've kind of we've broached this topic and just from my own experience and. I think millennials get a bad rap in the public pop culture. Absolutely. You know what I'm talking about right. I mean it's just so yeah. Oh. Yeah. They're just sitting around having avocado toast all day. I love that Avocado Toast. Yeah you're right. But I've met some really fascinating millennials worked with a mini and I tell you what the positive side of millennials that I see I see in the millennials, which is different than I think my generation genetics. Is that they. Are the ones that I've come across a positive ones they want to be part of something bigger than themselves, and that is a huge part of my message here on this show and I think of leadership. I think people join organizations or or those organizations where I've worked at I have fond memories, ring cores I always go back to that. Right had fond memories of that and it's because. I felt like I was part of something bigger than myself and I was, and I think that's what by and large the millennials that I've come across at are positive. Want what what do you think when you hear that? Absolutely I, mean, I think that's one of the things that I really love about this generation is that they want to be a part of a bigger purpose. They want to know their why that's incredibly important to them. Even you know whether they're twenty four year old millennial or the thirty nine year old millennials They're really wanting to go a little bit deeper and so I think that's something that you know maybe this wasn't prioritize talked about another generations but you. Know. I think that maybe they're almost like the why? Like why? Why are we doing this? Why is this happening? How can we do this better? So certainly I think they're much more connected to trying to better understand you know what their purpose is and how they can make sure they live purposeful live, which can be a huge positive right I mean that's that's what I think we should we should latch onto now than the negative side of that is that Sometimes. There are some unrealistic expectations however, I can't. Be. Too critical because when I was in my twenty one thinks now I wanted things to happen sooner than later I. think that's just part of being in your twenties. Right I. Think you. You kind of have I think learning that kind of delayed gratification is an intentional skill that kind of comes with with age and experience I think. Well we'll certainly and I think you know one of the things that we've seen with millennials and I think technology plays a huge part. Is that they're used to things happening fast or quicker. You know I I'm forty. So I'm in the middle generation where I remember live before the Internet Laver member using encyclopedias, not Google things like that. But you know most millennials have grown up where it's just instant access you want to figure something out you WanNa. Do something you want to look something up you just go right to the computer and out to your phone. So I think that has really played a part even in their professional careers for feels like, okay I've been here. You know two months. What's next to the next level the job, right? Exactly. The. I. Pass for that because I understand where that comes from, and in fact, I would rather. I would almost kind of rather have that if I was working with the team and I had somebody that was kind of. Overly, ambitious I would rather rain that in instead of trying to get somebody to get gear if that makes sense, right? Sure. Yeah. For sure I kind of that ambition I think is critical and they are known the generation is known to be overly ambitious but to your point, it's much easier to reign it in than to skip someone who doesn't want to do anything at all absolutely I I would I would have any day I think that's a good problem to have as opposed to. You know having a C. or D. Player and trying to get him into being a I've spent and wasted many precious time and resources trying to do that right and I would rather it's much easier to pull somebody back and Raynham in. Absolutely. Yeah. So how did you? How did you find yourself? Saying hey yeah. This is my niche. This is my purpose. Why did you want to focus on this? Yes. So it's a question. I get all the time like you know you can't really go to school for you know to become a millennial leadership coach or at least not when I went to school they probably do have more those categories now but my my background is that I actually I'm a lawyer and when I got out of law school I am had a lot of debt and I was working a job that was not. Doing legal work but not really It was more focused on government relations work, and so I started looking for a lot of jobs that I knew would pay a lot more money so I could start paying my loss. and. So one of the jobs that I I applied for which I never thought I would get was the director level physician and I think I was twenty six at the time it was for publicly traded healthcare company, and it was really opening up their their DC office and and starting their their government relations there lobbying shop here in DC, and so I got the job and you know actually I was scared because I didn't even really know how to approach it but I excelled at it I really worked hard and by the time I was twenty eight. I was promoted to the first or not the I I became the youngest Vice President the company at Twenty eight and it was a you know kind of something cool that had happened and I did work hard. But I didn't have any what I would say were leadership management skills at the time I had never really led teams I had never manager department at never had that level of responsibility and so. I just became almost obsessed with how to be successful had to be a leader had a really you know make sure that I could shine anti read a lot of books went to seminars. This was before Youtube was as popular. Now as the go-to resource and I I really I studied leadership. I studied just being successful read a lot of John C. Maxwell Book No meet a lot of his books who to this day and You know because of that people started coming to me all the time air can read my resume review my resume I haven't interview. Can you help me here? I am you know had this issue at work? Can you work with me through it and I just realized that that was just something I really enjoy doing was helping folks you know sort of navigate their careers. Based upon some of the things I learn you know some of the things I had done wrong. I had done right and a couple years ago. I ended up writing a book called the millennials playbook to adulting just to put everything I had learned across you know. How to get a job how to keep a job? You know even limit of finance tips, mental health, physical health tips. As you know, sort of advocating adulting, put it on a book and just really focus on making sure it got out to the millennial generation and as a result of that really transformed into a millennial leadership coach where that is now my whole time oath guests and. It's what I love, and it's what I honestly feel is is my why is my purpose? So that's a very long answer. That's how I got here. Why

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