#5: Millennials Are Not Adults

Posted on December 28, 2015

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#5: Millennials Are Not Adults

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By Ben Kittelson, Guilford County, NCTwitter

Our Take

Plain and simple — don’t make Ben Kittelson mad. The former Willamette University football player came out guns blazing after hearing another lazy presentation full of generational stereotypes. Ben addresses three common stereotypes about millennials that portray the generation as something less than a full-blown adult.

Local government professionals and professional associations are quick to form a “little kids table” with all the young people as a way of saying “looking we’re addressing the issue.”

Ben’s argument is best summed up in this paragraph,

“Stereotypes about generations are a barrier to attracting the best and the brightest to local government, they get in the way of changing local government to be more nimble, flexible and attractive to workers of all ages and experience levels. Don’t talk about my generation, let’s talk about how we change change local government.”

Read Ben’s Article

Kittelson’s Corner: Generational Stereotypes Do Not Lead to Change

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