The Globals, also known as Generation Z are shaking things up as they make their mark in the world. They are completing internships even before their education is complete. Brad Karsh is quite knowledgeable about this generation of progressive individuals.
Karsh is the President of JB Training Solutions. He has also authored Manager 3.0: A Millennial’s Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management. In the book Brad has revealed three key takeaways about the next generation and when they enter the workforce.
Gen Z has been designated ‘the Globals’ since from birth they have had instant access to the technology: the internet, news, virtual pen pals, music, and worldwide trends from other cultures creating a knowledge base without borders. They have an amazing sense about what is going on throughout the world and are willing to share that information readily.
Instead of their parents constantly repeating, “You are special and can be anything you want,” Globals are learning that in order to achieve their goals it will require hard work and practicality. They don’t expect to be handed everything just because.
Because this new generation is ‘in the know,’ they have the information that they need to succeed right at their fingertips. It will be interesting to watch them take that information and process it into useful knowledge that will take them far into their future.
One of the more interesting traits that will come from this generation is that they will be able to use their borderless knowledge, bringing diverse groups together in the workplace. Together, their boundless knowledge could potentially solve the complex challenges that our world faces today.
Part of the reason that Globals have realized that hard work is the key to success is that they were primarily raised by Gen X parents; the same people who crave autonomy and independence. It is no wonder that they realize that they will have to be savvy in order to succeed.
At times, the Gen Z savviness is also termed grit. Grit designates in a person the willingness to power through, to learn and to accept the struggles or the defeats life has to offer. They are not a generation of kids that want to fall back on the comfort of receiving a participation award. This group of hearty individuals is rooted in reality as opposed to the Millennials (Gen Y) who are idealistic in nature.
Tomorrow we will look at more information about Generation Z from the eyes of Brad Karsh. Parents will be proud of this generation. They are certainly up and comers. It will be exciting to see what the Globals can do!