This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2007 ISSN # 1545-8873
“Not just tolerate, appreciate.” — Overheard from a good manager
“It’s not about finding the best people. It’s about being the best.” — Cam Marston
“There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations, much is given. Of other generations, much is expected. This generation has a rendezvous with destiny.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt (1936)
“Thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations, and thou shalt be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the paths to dwell in.” — Isaiah 58:12
Not understanding and appreciating differences in the workplace breeds derision, division and discourtesy among its members. Values, style, history – these are things that are not likely to change. The challenge is to foster appreciation, not just tolerance, of differences. This is the first time in history that we have had four generations working side-by-side in the workplace. Tapping into the uniqueness of each generation brings strength to the workforce. Know the composition of your group and tailor your messages for maximum benefit.
|Generation||Traits – What’s Motivating Them?|
|Traditionalists/Matures/Silent or Veterans (before 1945)||Loyalty, honor, duty, discipline, hard work, patience, strong interpersonal skills, do not like to draw attention to self, value quality over speed, conformity, save/make do|
|Baby Boomers (1946-1964)||Work hard/play hard, risk-taking, me, materialists, status, workaholics, competitive, change the world, like team environment, meaningful work, make caring managers, parents wanted them to have everything|
|Generation X (1965-1980)||Live for today, no common heroes, cynical, pessimistic, prove it to me, question authority, embrace technology, loyalty to individuals not companies|
|Millennials/Gen Y/Nexters (1981-2000)||Optimistic, individualistic, run in packs, ambitious but appear aimless, instant gratification, technology gurus, difficulty focusing on non-stimulating stuff, seek fulfillment not financial security|
Marston & Learning Communications (2007) & Waisman & Bedinger (2007)
Good Video: Mixing Four Generations in the Workplace.
Messages that motivate the different generations: Talkin’ ‘Bout Four Generations.
Training: Four generations working together: Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce.
Key Associates offers Diversity training for organizations.
Interesting article on the differences of the generations: Mixing and Managing Four Generations of Employees.
Your leadership style and the generations: Understanding The Four Generations In Today's Workplace.
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