Ultramillenials on the CUBS Will Seal Joe Madden’s Fate in 2019 – #37

Joe will continue reading a book called “Managing Millennials for Dummies” Due to the fact that he has used our recommended four step process identifying the problem.

  1. Is there a problem? — Yes
  2. What is the problem with the CUBS? — Joe seems to be focused on the fact that most of the CUBS are “Ultra-millennials”, and that each one of them requires a one-on-one management style that Joe has not adapted to. The term has to be a throw away word that stands for someone whose personality is extremely characteristic of the Millennial generation which will require a different stroke for each different situation that will arise throughout the year. Will Joe be able to handle the “Ultra=millennials “ in the Club House? We hope so – it was fun winning the World Series in 2016. However, Joe will not be back in 2020 as Manager, and the shoe-might-drop earlier if the CUBS aren’t playing as contenders in the first 50 games. The last two weeks of the 2017 season saw Joe’s management style not work at all.
  3. Who can do something about it? —- Joe Madden
  4. What can he do? — I went and picked-up the book, and the blurb on the back cover revealed the purpose. “Love them or hate them, Millennials now make up the majority of the work-force”. Yet somehow Managers are still puzzled over how to recruit, retain and engage this confounding generation. With this field guide, you will learn to navigate the five most prominent Millennial clash points and how to streamline communication and collaboration among Boomers plus Xer’s.

How to manage Millennials and the arrival of Gen “Z’s”.

WOW!! Joe has his work cut out for him – wer’e only 30 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting into Spring Training. He has the challenge to re-invent himself as a leader and to communicate and extract the “best” out the 25+ various demographic representatives (what a title!!) and to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

Joe this is called one-on-one or team management whichever applies at a given moment. Flexibility in shifting between various styles requires the difficult step of relentless drive to set an environment of expectation and accountability. Those ultra-millennials have to clearly understand why they are making the big “bucks” – and as Professionals they have to do the job they are paid to do –WIN THE WORLD SERIES.

Joe, although we know that you will not be managing the CUBS in 2020, we wish you the “Best of Luck” in 2019 in bringing us another “World Series”. Make it happen through following the following 3 Management priciples:

  1. One-On-One Management
  2. Adapability
  3. Accountability

“Two out of Three Ain’t Bad” has to go – and you will set the expectation of winning every situation that presents itself “on-or-off” the field. GO-CUBS-GO!!