We’re all Minorities Now

I see it in business, politics, race relations, religion, and life.

People are obsessed with the majority.

Sadly, the majority tends to make decisions without much consideration for the other side, resulting in poor long-term results, repression, or even genocide.  Consequently, the majority gets all the blame and the minority spends too much time making excuses, pushing back, or waiting until they become the majority.

Time for a change in thinking.

 

The world is getting smaller and new strategies are needed.

Here’s what I’m seeing:

I’m a married, white, Christian that votes for a major American political party.  Years ago, that would have put me in the majority, yet in every single one of those categories, I am now the minority in most major US cities.  Who would have thought?

On a global level, the change to minority status is even bigger.

My language, dietary preferences, fashion sense, and nationality put me squarely in the minority when dealing with international business.

We’re all minorities now.

 

The world has come to our backyard and now our race, political affiliation, language, religion, and fashion actually put us in the minority.  Are you ready?

When we swim down the stream from our little pond to the big ocean, we find out the truth.  Our traditional majorities are not only meaningless, but they might cause us to lean on the wrong strength for a globalized world.

Most people on Earth don’t speak a certain way, have a certain look, believe a certain thing, or act a certain way.  Not even close.  Anyone living in a majority mindset is living in a fantasy land as the world gets more connected.  We won’t be able to ignore it.

The big world out there is full of our future clients, doctors, suppliers, friends, and business partners.

So now what?

Leaders need to change their understanding of strength and seek out opportunities to collaborate with others.  We need more partners.  We need to build more coalitions and seek more consensus when making decisions.  Common ground will be more valuable than higher ground.

The pride in any “majority” must be replaced with a newfound sense of wonder, awareness, and appreciation for others who are different.

It’s time to focus on common ground and common problems.

Have a good night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Bred in Captivity, Can Generation Y Survive in the Wild?

Zookeepers breed endangered species in captivity to save them from extinction.  However, something bad usually happens.

When they release them into the wild, the animals that were bred in captivity often do not avoid predators and are not able to find ample food or shelter for themselves. They die as a result.

We are breeding humans in captivity.

 

In an effort to protect children from the dangers of failure or setback, some have made them unfit for the wild world they’ll be living in. For years, I’ve watched parents and teachers lie to their children.

In the name of self esteem, they comfortably praise children for everything they do, even when they fail to do anything special, smart, or strong.

You tried?  Here’s a trophy or ribbon!

Unfortunately, this isn’t real life. Now that Generation Y is out in “The Wild”, they are surprised when the company they applied to doesn’t think they’re special, the words they write aren’t smart, or their strongest performance isn’t enough.  They learn that anything but first place may not be good enough.

Confused, these young people move in with their parents, go back for more school, or join the Occupy Wall Street protests.

They were bred in captivity.

 

If we want our children or team members to know how to hunt or protect themselves, then we must teach them how at an early age.  No longer should people be praised because they participated.  It is lazy and easy to praise everyone for everything.  Far more difficult and important, is to find the specific gifts that each person has, encourage them to use the gifts, and then support them as they fail, learn, and grow.

We must teach them to fish, not give them fish.  We must show them the real world, not hide them from it.

We must let them fail.

The school of hard knocks teaches real life lessons.  Losers will become learners. Failing may be the best thing that can happen to a young person.

Let them grow up in the wild.

Have a wild night,

Aaron@Biebert

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