My name is Alison and, for those of you who do not know me, I am the Marketing and Operations Coordinator for SKYE Business Solutions. I work closely with David Liddell, President of SKYE Business Solutions, because, well, we are the only two people in the company.
I have always prided myself on getting along fabulously with my “elders.” I was always the friend that everyone’s parents loved, the student teachers adored, and that person who was able to befriend anyone in her path. However, befriending someone and working with someone are two completely different games. When I started working at SKYE, I quickly realized that I had some learning to do if I was going to be successful.
The dynamic at SKYE is different. It’s just Dave and I. So if we have an issue, there is no co-worker we can vent to or HR pro to mediate for us. We have to work it out. Otherwise you, our clients, would not receive the service you need. This dynamic also means that Dave and I really have no choice but to get to know each other pretty well. We know each other’s work styles, communication styles, preferences, and schedules.
Our first few months together were rough. We struggled to communicate. I didn’t understand where Dave was coming from. I often found myself looking at him and thinking, “What the HECK is he doing? Why is he acting that way?” We clashed almost daily on ideas and projects. It wasn’t until we both started looking at where we were coming from and where the other was coming from that we began to work together. Needless to say, this millennial learned some valuable lessons about working with a Gen Xer.
SKYE is hosting a workshop in November on that very topic. Take it from a skeptical millennial when I say you do not want to miss this. It will transform the way you interact with your employees, colleagues, and team.
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