Musings on Millennials, Middle Management and Maine’s Blue Lobsters
Today’s episode of Switch and Shift TV is with Deb Mills-Scofield, a member of our League of Extraordinary Thinkers as well as a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review.
What makes Deb’s thinking so extraordinary? Where do we begin? Early in her career, this inventor developed one of the most lucrative patents ever for AT&T-Lucent. Today she is a venture capitalist and consultant to some fascinating companies, which we discuss in the interview. And, she is the advisor to some truly remarkable students at her alma mater, Brown University.
Here are just a few insights from this accomplished leader:
“Traditional middle management has felt they have to justify themselves.” [Thus, they typically perpetuate bureaucracy at work.] “But if you reward and compensate and recognize them for letting information flow and connecting people together in the organization, I think you might see a different behavior.”
Regarding her entrepreneurial students: “They feel that they have a right to change the world.” And “Their definition of risk is not taking the risks….”
On GenY-bashing: “If you want to complain about the millennials, take a look in the mirror. Who raised these kids?”
“The sense of entitlement I see much more in business, in people in their 40s and 50s, than I do in the Millennials I work with.”
And this barely scratches the surface of my talk with this fascinating leader. Wait until you hear her explain the influence Maine’s one-in-a-million blue lobsters have on her business philosophy.
Finally, as promised, here is the link to my interview with CJ Alvarado, CEO of Snippet: http://switchandshift.com/switch-and-shift-tv-is-here
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