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MINDING THE GENERATIONAL GAP
August 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm #108569
Here at DoD, I thought we had three or four generations working side by side. I now realize there's the Linkster Generation to consider.
For the first time in history, five generations are working side by side: the Traditional Generation (born pre-1945), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Generation Y (1981-1995) and the Linkster Generation (born after 1995).
As a Baby Boomer, I've had experience dealing with my Traditional Generation parents, my Generation Y born son, and my Linkster Generation born grandson. I've always had a blend of intergenerational and diversified friends. That's what makes life so interesting. The good part is that you cultivate such versatile, rich, and ongoing learning revelations within your relationships. There are a lot of things to admire and learn from each generation.
The key is to be open and try to understand from each perspective. There's a Native American lesson about the way to truly understand someone else's perspective, where they say you must walk in someone else's moccasins first before you can know what it's like to be them.
"Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins." - Cheyenne
With this perspective comes knowledge and understanding of your neighbors viewpoint.
Each generation has been influenced by the historical events, social trends and cultural phenomena of their time, leading to some distinctly different expectations and perceptions about what their working environment will provide and how they should behave as employees.
Generation Y is the most ecologically aware, socially networked, technologically savvy, and the most recognizable force in global volunteerism and that is what I most admire about this generation.
We all must take note of this relevant Ancient Indian Proverb:
"Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children."
Whatever generation you belong to, remember as this old Indian saying goes:
"Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart."
Live well and prosper,
P.S. I want to share these guidelines from IT Business Edge.
Six Guidelines for Resolving Intergenerational Conflict
Try these six tips from Larry and Meagan Johnson of Johnson Training Group (johnsontraininggroup.com), a father-daughter team of experts on managing multigenerational workplaces, and coauthors of "Generations, Inc. – From Boomers to Linksters: Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work" (Amacom, 2010).
These differences sometimes lead to intergenerational conflicts at work. How can managers help resolve them?
Please click on this slideshow and learn: http://www.itbusinessedge.com/slideshows/show.aspx?c=81195
1. Look at the generational factor
2. Consider the generational values at stake
3. Air different generations' perception
4. Find a generationally appropriate fix
5. Find commonality and complements
6. Learn from each other
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