The following is an excerpt from an article originally published on LinkedIn, where LS&Co. leaders periodically share their perspectives and expertise on business trends, industry issues, careers and the workplace. Have thoughts or reactions to this piece? Head on over to LinkedIn to share them.
As the head of eCommerce for Levi Strauss & Co., I have the opportunity to work closely with millennials everyday. And I consider it a perk. Because more than the generations that preceded them, millennials are genuinely interested in collaboration and finding new ways of working.
At LS&Co., we have a culture that encourages testing, trying new things, and pushing the “rules” a bit to move quickly. With open communication and a promise to gather and adapt to feedback quickly, this system works well. We recognize that mistakes will happen, but we learn quickly from them and it is the evolution that follows that is most significant.
Millennials have been characterized as career-driven with an urgent desire to learn, grow and progress quickly. They look for real-time feedback, ongoing mentorship, and continuous career development. And yet, surprisingly, as open as they are to innovation, change, and moving fast, they sometimes think that there is a prescriptive approach to career advancement. Millennials tend to want a clear plan – one that outlines what they need to do, along with a list of recommendations on how exactly they get there.
To read all of Marc’s tips for millenials click over to his entire post on LinkedIn.