Labelled the interview that broke the internet, Simon Sinek’s Millennials in the Workplace has been viewed more than 2 million times, and for good reason. A compelling speaker who knows how to engage his audience, Sinek delivers messages that resonate with millennials as he explains why they are the way they are.
It’s worth watching. He offers some good advice to millennials and their employers, particularly in the last quarter. But as I watched the interview, I wondered whether the often black and white approach, while making it entertaining, may have clouded the accuracy of some of his statements:
- His claim that millennials have lower self-esteem than previous generations may be true, but is there any non-anecdotal evidence?
- Throughout the interview, millennials are cast as victims who end up in an unhappy place through “no fault of their own.” Does this assertion preclude them from any personal responsibility?
- Sinek states dopamine is released when our phone buzzes with texts or we’re “liked” on Facebook, saying that’s what makes us feel good, even comparing it to the rush an addict gets with another fix. Has a causal relationship between social media and dopamine been confirmed, or is it just an intriguing correlation?
What do you think?