Thursday, November 17, 2011

Occupy Entrepreneurship!

I am sitting here in a coffee shop reading my WSJ and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

When I got up at 6am, I shaved while watching FOX News.

A lot of the news coverage is focused around the Wall Street demonstrators; other coverage about the stalled economy.

At the table next to me in the coffee shop there are two Millennials engaging in a job interview.

The interviewer is a young lady. The applicant is young gentleman.

They are each wearing business dress. In fact, the young gentleman is outfitted in a full suit and tie.

The young lady interviewing the candidate is reading a set of questions from a printed sheet.

The young gentleman quickly responds with scripted answers.

My guess is that they are both MBA graduates.

I would also guess that the firm doing the interview is either…
(a) Coke, Georgia Pacific or AT&T
(b) A law, accounting or engineering firm

Now shift over to what the press labels as “occupy Wall Street.”

I just asked my CNN coffee house buddy what the press calls the folks… his reply sums it up best… “The press calls it occupy Wall Street, but they are really dumb, stupid nimwits.”

My coffee house buddy leans strongly to the left.

Here we have another glimpse of the Millennial 20-somethings walking the streets protesting the difficulties of finding a job – or should I say their vision of a job.

Their anger at what they perceive to be the 1% of the populace has functioned like fly paper.

From the American communists to the drug freaks to the outcasts… all have joined up with the young Millennials squatting and claiming what they believe to be their God-granted right.

Of course, I am always reminded by colleagues that these are the kids of the 60s “Peace, Love, Sex” Boomer parents.

And the kids whose social framework is woven together through Facebook.

These are also the same Millennials who elected the current person occupying the White House and after the election shifted their attention over to the next generation of Wii.

I have a strong feeling that their movement will dwindle more because of the ADHA than anything that happens to the economy and their job prospects.

Now let’s travel back to the MBAs still engaged in the well-scripted interview.

Here the challenge is that the scripts fail to work when the on-stage curtains rise.

The questions are scripted.

The answers are scripted.

The roles are scripted.

The market ain’t.

Any of you who have followed this blog, have read about the passion I have for entrepreneurship and innovation… driven by a consumer-built brand foundation.

A large number of Corporate America firms fail to do it. But those that actually do it celebrate success.

At least these two Millennials are interviewing in a coffee house… even a locally owned one… and not a corporate office pod.

Maybe someday the young lady doing the interview will get laid off.

Maybe someday the young gentleman will wake up and come out of his corporate career dream closet.

Maybe they will have a born-again experience and accept entrepreneurship as their goal and savior.