Teaching Millennials to Make Authentic Interpersonal Connections

Three young professionals talking over coffee

As technology continues to transform not only our personal lives, but more so our working experiences, it is becoming ever more important to develop communication and interpersonal skills. Increasingly, today’s professionals must collaborate across tables, across networks, across states, and even countries. How we work together is being influenced by new structures meant to increase innovation. These include:

  • Flatter, more flexible organizations
  • Meritocratic, individuals are seen as valuable based on what they contribute
  • Shifting of certain jobs toward business acumen, away from tactical
  • Clients drive innovation instead of the traditional research & development departments
  • Teams collaborate virtually. Office buildings become places to network and attend meetings

Within these new structures, making interpersonal connections are at the heart of what makes them work. Geoff Colvin, author of the book Humans are Underrated, says, “The new high-value skills are … the abilities that literally define us as humans: sensing the thoughts and feelings of others, working productively in groups, building relationships, solving problems together, expressing ourselves with greater power than logic can ever achieve.”

As growing numbers of millennials enter the workforce, they will need to develop these skills to remain competitive and move into leadership roles. In this webinar, Sean Kavanagh and Alyssa Galeros Keefe from the Ariel Group discuss how millennials can make authentic interpersonal connections in the workplace, while also assisting today’s leaders who are hiring and training millennials to help them develop these skills.

Watch this 50 minute free webinar.

 

About the Ariel Group

The Ariel Group is an international training and coaching firm headquartered just outside of Boston, MA. They are comprised of performing artists and business professionals who believe the workplace functions better when people interact generously and communicate well. The Ariel Group is proud to be a certified B Corporation. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.