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Gen Y’s Across the World

Manage Upwards, Co-worker Managing UpwardsFinding opportunities to manage upwards is not always easy. I was recently working with a group of Gen X and Y leaders who are in the Commercial Real Estate industry. Often when I facilitate a workshop on change and we begin to discuss the impact of different generational attitudes as it relates to change there is a lot of interest. Zoomers (baby boomers who refuse to age) are still the largest leadership demographic in the workplace today and an inflexible Zoomer can be a real challenge for anyone but especially Gen X and Y. Research has confirmed that Gen X and Y are not loyal to a brand, rather they are loyal to a leader or the opportunities within the organization. When a Gen X or Y has a Zoomer boss who is attached to traditional methods, reluctant to explore new ideas or keeps information from the team it is extremely frustrating.  
you_are_special You may have seen the viral article published in the Huffington Post claiming that Gen Y's are full of self importance and because of the gap between their expectations and reality they are unhappy. The article labelled them as "GYPSY's" to read the article go here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wait-but-why/generation-y-unhappy_b_3930620.html I have trouble with the tone of this article and the one sided view from which it was written.
I recently spoke for a student leadership conference in Nanaimo BC- a tough audience! All Gen Y’s, all focused on their future, getting ahead and making a difference. This is a demographic that has the excitement for the future that we all start out with but for many Gen X and Zoomers we got lost and got stuck in an identity and then had to find our way out of what we thought we wanted.
It doesn’t matter which generation we are what matters is that each of us is leading change. We are no longer ‘managing’ change and we all know the demographic differences between the generations. It is time to focus on strategies and solutions that we can use to move forward and lead change.
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