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Generations in the Workplace

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.  
peckI have been delivering presentation on the generations for many years and my book, "101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work" has been distributed globally. I am speaking at the Central Exchange Lyceum in Kansas a premier leadership event this month on how to work with each other in a multi-generational reality. Click here to find out more. One of the most common questions I get asked is, "isn't generations content a gross generalization?" or I get asked, "isn't it ageism?" My answer to both of those questions is that there are always differences within a structure and in the case of generations of course there are differences among a group of Gen X's as every one is unique and we have to factor in personality/gender/culture when talking about the generations. AND there is no denying that there is a values and perspective alignment that is part of the 'groups' we identify in the generations
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.

Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:29 AM

Thought that mentorship schemes had to mean older, more established employees sharing their experience with your company’s fresher faces? Then it’s time to think again, says Matt Chittock Reverse mentoring is a new approach to workplace learning which neatly flips the concept of traditional mentoring on its head.

Innate Leadership or Learned Leadership?

Is leadership innate or learned? Clients ask me this a lot and my answer is that leadership is both innate and learned. Now, that may not be what you expected to hear from me and maybe an ambiguous answer but here is what I have learned
Have you ever wondered what the biggest challenges are that my clients are facing or that organizations are facing? Today I am going to share with you the three challenges that I would say
In March 2012 I surveyed the CEO’s of the companies I have been working with and asked them what are their biggest concerns right now. They said that #1 is attracting the right people to the business and #2 innovating to drive business forward.
I am part of a high level forum- a group of consultants who are very successful at what they do. Recently there was a post about books and reading. The original post was asking what our preference was, ‘old school’ or ‘new tech’. The answers were fascinating and there were a variety of preferences.
An article in today’s USA Today (November 23, 2011) provides statistics on the new reality of family living. There are 5.1 Million multi-generational families living together in 2010 up from 4.2 million in the year 2000. This means three or more generations are living under one roof. The implications for the workplace are far reaching.
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.
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