Americans, right or wrong, are obsessed with their professional accomplishments. A bold statement yes, but supported by mountains of psychographic data collected by Carn International over two decades. Contrast that to our European counterparts whose identity is more closely aligned with their record of meeting family obligations.
So in walks this Pandemic that cannot be conquered, only managed, and it creates slippage in college degrees, first-time jobs, promotions, professional acknowledgment, and executive success. Bruising and brutal to the ego, this one is going to leave a mark.
When identity is quashed by something invisible that is beyond one’s control to combat, it causes permanent damage. Just as World War II left its indelible signature on our parents, so too will Covid-19 on this generation. And because much of the American workforce derive their sense of self from their career, this will not create heroes with scars and shrapnel to brag about to their kids, it will sow resentment, shame, and frustration.
The secret weapon to fighting this crisis is finding executive leadership with the right personality traits to side-step this generational set-back. The critical-path of a company is more vulnerable than ever to executives with mental inclinations that are susceptible to their own inner ego.