JT, Early in my product management career I was told by an incoming Director that I had given a (single) presentation that he didn't like, and therefore he questioned my ability to lead the team. This was my first presentation in front of him and a group. Within a week he moved me from the Acting Team Lead role to an Individual Contributor role - then brought in a former colleague from outside to get the Team Lead role. It seemed so ridiculous, based on one presentation. I was fuming: all because of one presentation?!Then I realized (with spousal input as well :-)) that I should have consulted him prior to get his buy-in. And also realize the power of the 'network'. He wanted to bring in someone from outside. So I learned the power of networking and also of getting management buy-in before key presentations.
Hey JT, that's a cool piece of advice. I like your insights. In the name of Gen Y - why don't you write more addressing to us? A whole blog would be perfect :) There are so many challenges for us and most of what I see is criticism about y's and what they have to teach us. But I don't think all that is left for us is to adapt to the old way - even because Gen Y will take over progressively as X's and BB's retire. I don't mean by this that there is nothing to learn from the past, but if we could get a bit more consideration about our strengths it wouldn't be so hard to get these 20 seconds of courage and make our own unique contribution to the world.