A new uncertain and unknown post Covid world; redundancies, reduced investment, segments in freefall, the world (as we knew it) changed forever – these are now everyday challenges for today’s young professionals.
Everyone, everywhere, is looking for the answer to the question – How do I progress my career and lifestyle ambitions in these unprecedented times? A cursory glance at the internet provides access to no end of self help books and videos, personal coaches, life coaches, lifestyle gurus – but which one should we choose ?
Lockdown has presented the opportunity to spend “quality” time with the family and, part of the challenge of keeping the peace, has been agreeing to watch programmes to suit all tastes.
So it came to pass that we all settled down to watch Hamilton.
Not long into the performance certain elements of the audience became restless and questioned :
a) Whether or not there was anything else that we could watch and
b) Why was this on when it had absolutely no relevance to today’s world?
A robust discussion followed …………..
When the performance was complete, I reflected on Hamilton and wondered if it did indeed have some relevance for today’s young professionals.
Early in the performance, Alexander Hamilton is given some advice by Aaron Burr (song 2). Succinctly put, Hamilton is told to “talk less and smile more”. Whilst, without doubt, there is a time to be talking less and smiling more – it is good advice for those who sometimes seek fulfilment when there seems less than usual to be smiling about.
Today’s young professionals have been encouraged to voice their opinions, challenge authority and stand up for what they think is right. Indeed many parents have paid a king’s ransom for their offspring to have the confidence to proffer their very well educated opinion. Given this, does Hamilton’s advice still stand up? Do we want some people to be seen and not heard as the saying goes? Perhaps not, but on some occasions the advice may be appropriate.
Song 3 takes us to My shot. Here we are told that Hamilton is “not going to give away his shot”, showing total determination to take a chance when it comes his way. SIngle minded determination to the fore, he will do what it takes to succeed. In times such as these there is a lot to be said for having such a determined approach and outlook.
Some Managers and Companies are embodied by King George in song 7. Here the King talks about how he has served America well, truly believing that America would come crawling back, certain that America will miss him and a forced environment of pretend loyalty and submission will prevail bringing the revolution to its knees. A real reminder for companies that culture, engagement and diversity are everything and employees remaining with their employer simply because a pay cheque arrives at the end of every month is a very outdated concept.
Hamilton’s final piece of advice arrives in song 28 – The room where it happens. It is never more evident that decisions are to be made, strategy set and targets agreed and that you need to be in the room to have a say in driving both the company and your career forwards. Remember if you are not in the room, you don’t have a say.
Truth to tell, Hamilton does not give much advice as to how you get to be in the room, but we are led to believe that it is by sometimes smiling more and talking less, taking your shot when it arrives and by pushing companies to create a culture where you want to stay, work and progress rather than by just picking up a pay cheque.
Are these tips relevant for success in a post Covid world? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure – they worked for Alexander Hamilton in 1776.
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