I was talking with a neighbor the other day who informed me that the basis of the problems facing the nation and businesses was the spouting of Dr.Benjamin Spock. (Sorry you Sci-Fi geeks in the audience thought I meant Spock from the Star Trek series didn’t you!!) My neighbor’s contention was that those children brought up under the influence of Dr Spock have become self-serving individuals with little care for others.

He may have a grain of truth in that some of us raised our children on the basis that everyone wins. Play on a sport team and you all get trophies.This has led to an atmosphere in which the feeling from childhood carries over to the workplace. As leaders it is important that we show the younger generations that there are some paths to management just not in the way they have been raised to believe. At the same time we need to understand that they expect the door to be open from day 1.

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