Simon Sinek’s viral video rant on millennials in the workplace is interesting from beginning to end.  Perhaps a bit condescending to millennials in many parts, but important in how it captures perceptions of millennials and challenges in our technology-driven world.

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There are three aspects of this video that I think procurement professionals need to pay attention to:

  • The culture in which millennials have grown up.  Without an understanding of today’s culture, it can be impossible to lead a procurement team and millennials well.
  • How a leader that cares about the employee can be a corporate advantage.  I refuse to accept that “companies only care about the numbers, not the people.”  A good leader can make employees feel cared about and, often, that motivates better performance for the benefit of the company.
  • The etiquette of smart phones in conference rooms.  I don’t think that spending more time on one’s phone is a millennial-specific problem.  There are plenty of Gen X’ers who also pay too much attention to their phones in business, social, and social business settings.  I think that there should be leader-driven guidelines on phone use in meetings.  I don’t think we are policing ourselves well enough.

I won’t give too much more of the video away if you haven’t watched it.  Instead, I encourage you to watch it and form your own opinions on what Sinek has to say.


Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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