Older Lawyers, Be Transformational Leaders with GenY

An undergraduate psychology class taught me that good leaders should be “transformational.” If I remember correctly, it means you should change your management approach to address any and all diverse leadership challenges.

Lately, many of you complain about the state of GenY lawyers, and they present a unique leadership challenge. However, I know you’re up to it.

GenY lawyers are unique. You can’t treat them the same as previous generations. Fear doesn’t work. Direct mentorship falls short. Bullying is a capital offense in their minds. They require you to think “outside of the box” and expect you to be a “thought leader.” They require incentives (and sometimes bribes) to accomplish most tasks. You, as the leader, must adjust.

To help (as you know, I’m always here to help), I present you with an incentive that should do the trick for 98% of your GenY motivational needs. It is attached below. You’re welcome. Oh, and don’t be stingy. GenY isn’t waiting for you to find excellence and merit. Nope. This will be needed for even the most routine tasks.

Finally, don’t forget to regularly exclaim how you find them to be “totally awesomesauce.”

With apologies to the wonderful folks at Pizza Hut.


6 thoughts on “Older Lawyers, Be Transformational Leaders with GenY

  1. Here’s how we motivate our GenY employees: We give them money. If they don’t do what we want, we stop giving them money and tell them to go away. This system works.

    • Let me get this straight. You use the payroll and employment system to enforce productivity?

      See, nowadays you are supposed to create a completely new system/process to address new problems. This also creates opportunities to hire new staff to operate the new system.

      Your archaic system is a laughingstock to GenY. They will embark on their own and bury you with their sheer awesomeness.

      Consider yourself warned.

  2. I’m laughing!

    My favorite Gen Y attorneys are the ones who graduate from third-rate law schools, and within a year have giant billboards advertising their expertise in everything from “personal injury” to “family law” and “criminal defense”. I am especially fond of those who advertise on the spine of phone books, and those who attach a coupon for a free consultation to the front. I’ve been practicing for twenty-nine years and am still not ready to brag so.

    Warren Burger was right – at least about the effect advertising had on the profession.

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