Thank you for writing “It’s Time to Lose the Inferiority Complex” (September 2016 Public Works, page 9). I hope more public works leaders will grow to share your opinion.
As a 30ish public works director, I get very frustrated when people say my generation is “entitled” and “lazy.” I worked very hard to get where I am and my peers work equally hard to serve their communities.
Proactivism and transparency are of utmost importance not only to my generation, but to the public works profession as well. Yes, Millennials, etc., greatly value efficiency, effectiveness, and equity. But if we maintain the mentality of “this is how we’ve always done it,” our profession as well as society will stagnate.
That said, I must give credit where credit is due: I’ve encountered a great many mentors from the Baby Boomer generation. Without their support and willingness to teach, I’d be nowhere near the position I’m in today.
Such collaboration is key to the success of any future generation. As you said, lose the inferiority complex, work together, accept new ideas, and move forward.