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?
MINDING THE GENERATIONAL GAP
August 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm #108571
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 view.
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
August 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm #108581
Thanks for the article. I am a boomer and work for the State of California as a Contracts Officer. I am working on a project to develop a plan for developing prospective managers from our internal staff. One of the challenges is to understand that different generations have different motivators to becoming a manager. Anyone have any real life experince in this area.
August 24, 2010 at 7:58 pm #108579
I am really impressed by your posting these thoughts. Thanks! I am obviously of the same opinion that collaboration and team work across the generations will give us the strongest ideas, perspective and skills. The blend is very exciting to me.
Right now I’m working on the idea of developing parallel teams of practioner’s to accompany the move to more technology in cities, states and the federal government. Instead of waiting until the technology side is “done” and the implementation side rears up, I think we can anticipate together many of the problems and issues which will arise.
Working cross generational will give us a real base of experience, talent, and opportunity to capitalize on expertise. While I recognize the hand-off that has to occur from generation to generation or generation’s, I am not at all convinced this is a singular good move right now, by itself. We risk losing incredibly important information and already accomplished projects and programs which are so similar in nature.
We are sitting on recently completed grants, experiences and information about many of the same issues we are dealing with now, minus the emphasis on technology. It’s a big mistake to not look at what has been done before in terms of best practices and merge it with new ideas.
Without a doubt we will be able to save a lot of money and time.
Tom, one obvious way to start and I’m sure you have already done this, is to ask your group (which sends a great message about inclusion). You can post your question on the main page of this group to see if you get more response, and thirdly, mine the recent books and articles on this subject (which I know is not a substitute for the “real” thing).
I’m guessing a lot of senior managers are facing similar challenges and it’s a great one for this group!
Thanks to both of you for your postings. You are asking a great questions on the practical side of the equation.
August 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm #108577
Oh! I never heard of Linksters before as a descriptive generational term. Is Gen Y the same as the Millenials? I should know this really.
August 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm #108575
December 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm #108573
Just a bit of a math check: If “Linksters” are identified as being born after 1995- that would put them at the current age of 15. While they may begin joining certain workforces (service industry perhaps), I don’t think they’ve yet fully entered the workforce.
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