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Gen Y Expert & Founder Of GenYus@work Eduardo Estellita – From Brazil, Now In Belgium

Hear from our Gen Y Expert & Founder of genYus@work Eduardo Estellita. Eduardo is originally from Brazil and currently lives in Belgium.

Eduardo, what do you consider typical characteristics of your generation?
When people ask me this, I tend to send the question back to them and start the conversation from there.  Lächelnd  Nothing replaces personal experience!

All generations draw their behavior from a mix of upbringing and social events that have marked their formative years. For Gen Y’s case that translates into individualism, high self-esteem, impatience, cultural openness, connectedness, creative resourcefulness, multi-tasking and effective information filtering.

What do you expect from corporate leadership in today’s business world?
I expect them to adapt to a changing world and to become a positive influence in their communities. In simpler words, this means learning to let go of control over consumers, employees and information, and abandoning the “command and conquer” model. Not surprisingly, organizations that have created a business model around dialogue, “win-win” partnerships and long-term sustainability are the ones that are and will be the market leaders for the years to come.

What engages you most in the workplace and what makes you go the extra mile?
Working towards a shared, challenging goal with truly committed and passionate individuals who care for the person I am.

What is your preferred way to communicate in the workplace?
It depends a lot on the context. Texting or IM-ing is very practical for arranging meetings and getting quick answers. I prefer email for formal communication and face-to-face for relationship bonding or dealing with sensitive content.

What kind of development opportunities do you expect to be offered by your employer?
When I was working in a company, my expectations were frequent job rotations, soft-skills training, coaching, cross-functional projects and increasing participation in the strategic direction of the business.

Please complete this sentence: For me, my job is…
… a life choice.

What are the priorities during this phase of your life?
Provide a humble contribution to more connection and meaning in this world, specifically:

  • Build and develop a TED community in Wallonia.
  • Help organizations, entrepreneurs, young professionals and enlightened managers discover their path through coaching
  • Develop and give a series of intergenerational and intercultural trainings

When do you experience “flow” – the mental state in which a person is fully immersed in an energizing activity and is so focused that he/she loses track of time?
When I’m coaching a client or writing an article on my blog.

Given the world’s current political and economic situation, what’s your personal outlook for the next decade? What will be the main challenges for corporations and their leaders?
The next decade will be marked by a gradual transition towards a more collaborative and interconnected society. Our excesses focusing on performance and individualism have left us disconnected, burnt-out and devoid of meaning. The crisis we’re now facing will further polarize opinions between those pushing forwards and those pulling backwards (with more control mechanisms). The main challenges for corporations will be:

  • Develop an intergenerational governance model
  • Entirely redesign the classic pyramid shaped organization into a project-based structure to attract and retain Gen C
  • Allow all kinds of talents to collaborate and flourish in order to innovate
  • Act as a vector of positive social and environmental impact

What do you wish your colleagues from other generations would know about Gen Y?
“Because it’s always been like that”, “Because my boss said so” and “Pay your dues” destroy businesses and Gen Y engagement. If everyone is agreeing then no one is thinking!

Thank you, Eduardo, for these valuable insights!

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About the author

Lisa Mangelsdorf

I confess that I work to live rather than live to work. But when I can combine my passions into my work, I work best. This blog brings together discussions about one of my passions which is connecting people. I endeavour to fight the norm by chasing flexible working options and change seekers, hence my involvement with this blog. I'm fortunate to be connected with a global team at GAIA Insights. Retaining Gen Y within the workforce is an issue for most businesses across the globe. For help contact us because we know EXACTLY what they want from the workplace and we can help your business retain that key talent.

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