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Who Runs the Show? A Cross-Generational Conversation


Who Runs the Show?  A Cross-Generational Conversation

Some say 3 others say 4, so how many generations do we have working with social media and social networks in government? Who is in charge of the "collaboration" across the generations? What do we know or think about each other?

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Are We Brave Enough?

Do we have the courage to confront and discuss the notions we have about each other? What do you know about the generations before you and behind you?
What does each bring to the table in talent, knowledge and abilities?

This is not a minor issue or one which should be easily dismissed, as we inch our way closer to the "Table of Change and Innovation" within our government.

What do we know about each of the generation's with a stake in the changes at hand? Can you name them? Describe them? Know their attributes and strengths? Do you know enough to put together an effective cross-generational team? I think each has something strong and essential to offer, but I'm ignorant as to what those attributes, talents and knowledge would add to the team.

However, I am equally sure that each of the 3 or 4 generations involved right now has something special we need to be effective.

This is the group to focus that discussion and learning. I hope we can get a really good dialog going with each other, even raise the hard questions.

Our other two groups are Social Networking, Leadership and Innovation in the Applied Setting Capacity Building Web 2.0 ≠ Open Gov and Evaluation: The Data and The Story. I hope you find them both related and interesting.

Discussion Forum

Power of the Millennial Generation

Started by Henry Brown Mar 26, 2012. 0 Replies

Interesting (IMO) discussion.From Good News: Can Kony 2012 Change…Continue

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Comment by Henry Brown on September 4, 2013 at 9:14am

Have posted a discussion which could be of some interest to some

Title: Generational Difference in the Work Place

Comment by Faye Newsham on November 21, 2012 at 12:13am

Hey folks, an early Friday question... how would you select a college to attend online?

Comment by Henry Brown on October 18, 2012 at 10:12am

Have posted a discussion which SEEMS to point a significant generational difference

Title: Good Password Usage

Comment by Henry Brown on September 18, 2012 at 10:05am

Have posted a discussion which could have some interest to some! Especially after reading the commentary from the BT Blog

Title: The Cost of Technology

Comment by Steve Cottle on August 20, 2012 at 9:21am

Second half of David's post has some some interesting discussion of two generations in China (70s and 90s). I always think it's interesting to see how generation differences manifest themselves elsewhere:

Comment by Gadi Ben-Yehuda on August 9, 2012 at 10:41am

Generation Y or Millennials, people roughly born between 1981 and 2000, are entering the workforce with a perspective different than the previous generations. This new perspective is at least partly the result of Gen Y'ers having the internet for the majority of their lives and being exposed to social media during their formative years, thus creating a culture of collaboration, immediate gratification and hyper-multitasking. Now as Gen Y'ers (those born in 1990 or earlier) become part of the workforce, employers are asking, how will their presence change the workforce, while Gen Y'ers themselves are wondering how will they acculturate to the workplace. 

Join, Luanne Pavco, General Manager and Leader of IBM's Public Sector Services, for a tweetchat today at 12 PM EST to discuss how millennials differ from their older colleagues, what impact that has on an organization and what they can do to adjust to life at the office while leveraging their unique set of skills and perspectives.

Comment by Henry Brown on July 26, 2012 at 6:08am

Have posted a discussion which COULD have some interest to some!

Title: BYOD Gen Y Survey

Not sure that the survey numbers would be MUCH different for the different generations in the workplace (would offer that those who are NOT luddites regardless of generation would have similar responses

Comment by Steve Cottle on June 27, 2012 at 9:56am

Great discussion brewing over on Andy's post about what the workplace will look like when it includes a lot more 70-somethings:

Comment by Steve Cottle on June 11, 2012 at 12:05pm

Another Generational Myth Fail: Millennials Are Not That Especially Tech Savvy, via Bill:

Comment by Steve Cottle on June 6, 2012 at 2:57pm

Ken offers some ideas for training managers to lead multiple generations. Any feedback?


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