Linking Young, Veteran Staff Calls for Breaking Down Walls
It’s pretty obvious that the next generation of leaders is ready to learn, grow, network and challenge the status quo in preparation to take the reins.
From the national expansion of the Crash Network, which sparked spinoffs of young professional development organizations to state leagues offering new ventures including a Gen Y Summit, many agree it’s all about the next generation.
From the summer C2C session, about 20 out 126 SCMS program participants were under the age of 30 and in the circle. Questions from the audience ranged from ‘please, tell me what it is you all want,’ and ‘what do you feel you bring to your credit union as someone under 30 that someone with more experience may not bring.’ Mentorship expectations were also talked about. After much discussion about mentorships, what they mean and what is being looked for, McBee said a student within the circle wrote out a comment card that succinctly summed it up: “The reluctance to mentor reminds me of a middle school dance with boys on one side and girls on the other…someone has to make the first move…if they don’t move, you need to.”
“The biggest win for me is to see the generations listening to and learning from each other, [and] growing in appreciation of what each can bring to the team,” said McBee of the circle.