Share Tweet Kern Carter, self-employed author, who was born in Trinidad and resides in Toronto, Canada. Check out his website on www.kerncarter.com. Kern, what do you consider typical characteristics of your generation? Eager, ambitious, impatient, sensitive, open minded. What do you expect from corporate leadership in today’s business world? I expect our corporate leaders to be relatable and speak to their workers in a language that is empowering. I expect them to be socially responsible and make decisions that will be profitable and beneficial to the culture of the entire company. What engages you most in the workplace and makes you go the extra mile? Feeling like I am a part of making the company move forward. Having my work and my decisions have an impact on the success of the company. Being challenged. Kern Carter, self-employed author, who was born in Trinidad and resides in Toronto, Canada. What kind of development opportunities do you expect to be offered by your employer? Any and all that is possible. For me personally, mentorship and regular one-on-one consultations work best. What is your preferred way to communicate in the workplace? Depends. I’ve worked freelance a long time and email is the main medium for communication. As far as in an office setting, I would prefer face to face interactions. I learn the most that way. What are the priorities during this phase of your life? My career right now is my main priority; seeing my book be successful and securing my place as an elite author is all I think about. How do you balance your personal and professional life? I feel like I live with writing every day. Everything I do is towards the goal of being recognized globally as an elite writer. When do you experience “flow” – the mental state in which a person is fully immersed in an activitiy and is so focused that she loses track of time? 6:00am when it’s still slightly dark with no sounds and no distractions from smart devices. I’ve done most of my best writing in these conditions. Please complete this sentence: For me, my job is… … how I make money. What do you wish your colleagues from other generations would know about Gen Y? That we are not so different. At one point I’m sure every generation felt as if they could change the world. The difference with Gen Y is that we live in an era where the world is so connected so we see how people from all over the world are making a difference and we want that for ourselves. But it all comes from a genuine place. We want to make other people’s lives better and we won’t settle for anything less. Ordinary is not appealing to us. Thank you, Kern, for these valuable insights!