How Can You Succeed During Generational Conflict?

Learn now, earn later.

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Author, speaker and leadership communicator Andy Stanley shares why young leaders should learn as much as possible while they’re new in their respective fields.

“Learn now, earn later,” shares Andy. “Learn everything you can, and be loyal publicly. That will give you leverage privately… Stay as long as you can possibly stay. Learn everything you can possibly learn.”

Watch the video to learn more of Andy’s advice for young leaders.

One of the dynamics in organizational life is the younger, youngish leader is moving in the right direction in terms of where the company is going, but they're going 100 miles an hour. They work for someone who is also moving in the direction the company is going in who's going 60 miles an hour. It's not a vision, or a mission issue. It's a speed issue, so even if that's the case there's gonna be conflict.

And so, I say to the younger leaders, I say, "Look, learn now, earn later. Learn now, earn later. Learn everything you can. You can learn from everybody. You learn the most from an extraordinary leader, or a terrible leader. You don't learn much from a mediocre leader, or a mediocre manager. But learn everything you can, and be loyal publicly. That will give you leverage privately. Be loyal publicly. That will give you leverage privately. Stay as long as you can possibly stay. Learn everything you can possibly learn. Don't let it become personal. Don't make it personal. This person is who they are doing what they've been hired to do the way they've always done it. They're your boss because they've been successful, so don't make it personal. Don't paint them in a negative light. Just learn everything you can. And remember, this is the most important part, remember what you're feeling right now, and decide I never want anyone who works for me to feel this way."

Years ago, I worked in an organization, and I just didn't like much about the organization. I liked the mission of the organization, what we were accomplishing, but the Monday through Friday, the work part I just ... And I just remember thinking, I never want anyone who works in an organization I'm in charge of, or department, or division, to feel this way. I never want anyone who works for me to feel what I'm feeling right now. Write it down because one day chances are you're gonna be that 40, or 50 year old person whose just hired the 25, and the 35 year old person, and you don't want to get in the way. Now, when you get to that later season of life you'll understand. Oh, so they weren't perhaps what I judged them to be. That's why you just can't make it personal. There is value in staying in a less than ideal work environment if you're a learner because you can learn from anyone, and you can learn at any time.
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Andy Stanley

Leadership communicator, best-selling author and founding pastor of North Point Ministries Andy Stanley inspires tens of thousands of people. Andy founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995, leading six churches in the Atlan...

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