E-MAIL FROM A YOUNG SINGAPOREAN 25 YEARS OLD DATED SEP 17, 2011
We just have to adapt to our colleagues and people around us and the only thing you can do is advise them. If they do not wish to take it on board you cannot force them. However, if you explain to them why something is done and they find it logical and useful, then they will be more receptive. This is because that is the way the government and schools are trying to implement. Critical thinking and reasonable challenge of ideas are promoted by the Ministry of Education.
Agree with you regarding advices to the young ones. Can't force them to do things. Just need to spend more time explaining the rationale. Or they learn from experience of mistakes.
The different mindset of the Google Generation has much to do with the availability of information in the internet as well as with a new type of education in Singapore and other developed countries.
I am listening to an audio "Thinking for a Living" by Thomas H Davenport. He says that knowledge workers (find, create, package knowledge for a living) are much independent-minded and their performance is hard to measure. How to choose appropriate intervention and performance measure and how to maximise productivity.