The Millennial: Shaping Our World
by Krishna Kumar
In recent months, it was my privilege to represent the IAC as a Presenter at the World Business & Executive Summit (WBECS). On the three occasions that I spoke to a forum of senior coaches from across the globe, the program was hosted most confidently by the very energetic and delightful Jennifer Mansell. Jenn, who lives in Toronto, is a millennial.
Jenn represents the classic millennial, born somewhere between the mid 1980’s and the early 2000’s, who is now in the midst of the digital revolution and comfortable with it. These young professionals are stepping up and sharing the world stage with both confidence and aplomb.
Consider that in a little less than five years, India will become the youngest country in the world with 64% of its population in the working age group of 20-35. Viewed in isolation it might be considered an interesting statistic and forgotten, were it not for the fact that it is reflective of a global trend.
In the upmarket suburbs of India’s technology Capital, Bangalore, it is not uncommon to find millennial gatherings in cafes and coffee shops excitedly debating, sharing and discussing their future start-up or the next app that could revolutionize the world. Functioning in a digitally connected ‘flat’ world they truly believe that they can make it happen, which is both a fascinating and frightening thought as unleashing this enormous potential creates the possibility for disruption and derailment that might best be served by offering support and direction.
Coaching provides the perfect vehicle for unleashing and directing the potential of the millennial.
There is a widespread realization within the IAC that we are in an excellent position to do just that. Our Communications Portfolio has started by setting up a multi-cultural millennial team, with participants from Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, to guide our media strategy and messaging. In the coming months we hope to extend these initiatives to cover special millennial membership programs and online activities.
We invite you to share your thoughts and support our efforts on how the millennial can shape our world. Please connect with at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krishna Kumar is the Founder-Director of the Intrad School of Executive Coaching (ISEC) and a pioneer in the sphere of Leadership and Executive Coaching in India. His firm belief that coaching is the best way to learn has carried him through a varied learning journey over three decades that included donning the hats of a corporate executive, an entrepreneur, a tennis coach, a B-school professor, independent Board member and an Executive Coach. The journey continues…