Great piece from Tom Peters highlighting the strengths of Mickey Drexler, CEO of J. Crew. Peters picks out so many things that appeal to him in Drexler’s approach – clearly a man who walks the walk and talks the talk. But what I am drawn to in particular is his respect for younger or more junior people in the organisation:
- Listens attentively regardless of age/seniority
- Obvious in his transparent respect for young employees
As we begin to embrace social networking and the associated collaborative approach a key step for enterprise management is to embrace the new generation – sometimes referred to as the F generation (in reference to facebook). These are the people who know and understand these solutions. Bring them on board – put them at the centre of the required change. Have them mentor senior, more experienced managers – mentoring is a tow way process.