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The generational divide a closer look at traditionalists

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We are in the middle of a historic evolutionary leap driven by digital innovation and technology. It has created a GENERATIONAL DIVIDE that holds both promise and peril for leaders. …

We are in the middle of a historic evolutionary leap driven by digital innovation and technology. It has created a GENERATIONAL DIVIDE that holds both promise and peril for leaders.

For the first time in U.S. history, we have four separate generations working side-by-side.

This presentation provides an overview of the four generations in the workplace today with a closer look at TRADITIONALISTS, born 1925-1945.

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  • 1. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com THE GENERATIONAL DIVIDE. A CLOSER LOOK AT TRADITIONALISTS. By Andre S. Harris, Culture Transformation Resources, LLC
  • 2. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com FOUR GENERATIONS. BIRTH YEARS & AGE. TRADITIONALISTS 1925-1945 69+ years BABY BOOMERS 1946-1964 50-68 GENERATION X 1965-1979 35-49 MILLENNIALS 1980-1996 18-34 Source: Gallup’s “State of the American Workplace” 2013
  • 3. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com FOUR GENERATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE. Source: Gallup’s “State of the American Workplace” 2013
  • 4. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com We are in the middle of a historic evolutionary leap driven by digital innovation and technology. It has created a generational divide that holds both promise and peril for leaders. For the first time in U.S. history, we have four separate generations working side-by- side. While there is no magic birth date that makes a member of a specific generation, one’s experience and sharing of history h e l p s s h a p e a “ g e n e r a t i o n a l personality” during their formative years. When a generational divide occurs at work, the results can be: •  Reduced productivity •  Hiring challenges •  Increased turnover •  Decreased morale •  Reduced profitability THE GENERATIONAL DIVIDE.
  • 5. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com THE GENERATIONAL DIVIDE. “A lack of understanding across generations can have detrimental effects on communication and working relationships and undermine effective services.” -Constance Patterson, Ph.D.
  • 6. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com THE GENERATIONAL DIVIDE. HOW THEY DIFFER. Social, Political & Economic Influences Family Structure & Influence Education Values / Morals Work Ethic Leadership Approach Motivational Buttons Communication Style Interaction with Others Approach to Feedback View towards Company Work vs. Personal Life Desired Rewards Financial Behaviors Relationship with Technology General Expectations
  • 7. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com So much of what is going on in our lives is seen through our own generational lens. C o m p a n i e s N E E D a multigenerational workforce. To succeed in business today, i t t a k e s a r a n g e o f generational insights and varied perspectives to make smart business decisions. Educating employees on generational differences and their unique contributions can boost: •  Understanding •  Respect •  Collaboration •  Productivity •  A Working Together Culture GENERATIONAL INSIGHTS.
  • 8. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com BIRTH YEARS •  1925-1945 AGE •  69+ years old US POPULATION •  44 Million AKA •  The Silents •  The Veterans TRADITIONALISTS. OVERVIEW.
  • 9. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com CHILDHOOD. TRADITIONALISTS. (Born 1925-1945) Also called “THE GREATEST GENERATION,” this cohort built the infrastructure of modern America. Traditionalists grew up in the wake of crippling economic depression and were heavily shaped by war.
  • 10. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com CHILDHOOD. TRADITIONALISTS. (Born 1925-1945) Raised by the G.I. Generation (civic) Large families (3-5 children) Strong sense of extended family (same town/ home) Grandparents in the home Average 10-year-old spend 4-6 hours daily with significant adult role model Apprenticeship businesses and farming Perception of the world as “safe”
  • 11. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com IMPORTANT EVENTS. TRADITIONALISTS. (Born 1925-1945) Stock Market Crash The Great Depression Lindbergh Transatlantic Flight Social Security Pearl Harbor End of WWII FDR Dies Korean War
  • 12. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com 1950s TECHNOLOGY. TRADITIONALISTS. (Born 1925-1945)
  • 13. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com CORE VALUES. TRADITIONALISTS. (Born 1925-1945) Dedication Hard Work Conformity Law and Order Patience Delayed Reward Duty before Pleasure Adherence to Rules Honor
  • 14. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com Shirley Temple John F. Kennedy Andy Warhol Clint Eastwood Dick Clark Warren Buffett FAMOUS TRADITIONALISTS. (Born 1925-1945) Johnny Cash Jack Nicholson Dustin Hoffman Neil Armstrong Robert Redford Marilyn Monroe
  • 15. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com COMMON TRAITS. TRADITIONALISTS. (Born 1925-1945) Grew up in “do without” era Dedication, Sacrifice, Savers Duty, Honor, Country Respect Authority Like Details Uncomfortable with Change Age = Seniority
  • 16. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com CULTURAL MEMORABILIA. TRADITIONALISTS. (Born 1925-1945) Mickey Mouse Kewpie Dolls Flash Gordon Radio Wheaties Wizard of Oz Jukeboxes The Lone Ranger McCarthy Era Life Magazine
  • 17. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com FOUR GENERATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE.
  • 18. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com Traditionalists •  Loyal Boomers •  Driven Gen X •  Balanced Millennials •  Eager WORK ETHIC. FOUR GENERATIONS.
  • 19. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com VIEW OF WORK. FOUR GENERATIONS. Traditionalists •  It’s necessary •  An obligation Boomers •  It is exciting •  Adventure Gen X •  It is a challenge •  A contract Millennials •  It is done to make a difference •  A means to an end
  • 20. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com EXPECTATIONS OF WORK. FOUR GENERATIONS. Loyalty, Respect Authority Common Goals Performance Compensated for doing job Competitive Optimistic, Team- Oriented Results Reward for Results Self-Reliant Skeptical, Career- Oriented Results + Fun Reward for Outcomes Pack-Oriented Self important, Loyalty to Others Career Seek rapid success
  • 21. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com TRADITIONALISTS Individual BABY BOOMERS Team Player Loves Meetings MILLENNIALS Participative GEN X Entrepreneur INTERACTIVE STYLES. FOUR GENERATIONS. Source: Greg Hammill, “Mixing and Managing Four Generations of Employees
  • 22. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com WORK STYLES. FOUR GENERATIONS. Traditionalists •  Hierarchical organizational structures •  Consistency and uniformity •  “These are the rules.” Boomers •  Coined “team building” •  Live to Work, until Retirement •  “Let’s talk about the rules.” Gen X •  Work to live, not live to work •  Flexibility in work, life •  “Break all of the rules.” Millennials •  Exceptional multi-taskers •  Flexibility in work hours and dress code •  “Redefine the rules.
  • 23. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com LEADERSHIP STYLES. FOUR GENERATIONS. Traditionalists •  Directive •  Command-and-control Boomers •  Consensual •  Collegial Gen X •  Everyone is the same •  Challenge others •  Ask questions Millennials •  TBD
  • 24. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com TRADITIONALISTS Satisfaction of a job well done BOOMERS Money, title, recognition, the corner office GEN X Freedom, self- manage, time to prioritize own projects MILLENNIALS Work that has meaning, flexibility MOTIVATORS. FOUR GENERATIONS.
  • 25. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com RESPECT AND LOYALTY. FOUR GENERATIONS. Traditionalists •  To the organization Boomers •  To the profession Gen X •  To the individual Millennials •  To co-workers and friends
  • 26. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com MANAGING AND LEADING FOUR GENERATIONS. Recognize their loyalty, experience. Select activities that show what they know. Focus on evolution, not revolution. Acknowledge their contributions. Be aware of competitive nature. Offer continued training on life skills, balance. Respect their skepticism; establish your credentials. Use humor. Let them know you like them. Talk career, not job. Provide ongoing and remedial training. Teach in short modules. Test often. Make it fun. Allow collaboration.
  • 27. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com TRADITIONALISTS Loyal to their clients and/or customers BOOMERS Making a difference GEN X Building a career MILLENNIALS Work that has meaning #1 REASON TO STAY OR LEAVE JOB. FOUR GENERATIONS.
  • 28. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES. FOUR GENERATIONS. Traditionalists •  Let’s have a conversation •  Face to Face •  Formal •  Memo Boomers •  Call me on my cell anytime •  In person •  Semi-formal Gen X •  Send me an email •  Irreverent •  Call me only at work •  Direct and Immediate Millennials •  Text me or IM me •  Twitter •  Fun, Informal, Slang •  Email or Voicemail
  • 29. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com COMMUNICATION GAP. “Grandpa is showing us how they sent a text when he was a kid.”
  • 30. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com IMPROVING FEEDBACK AND COMMUNICATION. FOUR GENERATIONS. Traditionalists •  “No news is good news.” •  May not be receptive to feedback •  50% have not received feedback training Boomers •  “Once a year; formal and documented.” •  Don’t appreciate it •  Initiate weekly informal talks; document talks Gen X •  “Sorry to interrupt, but how am I doing?” •  Give immediate and regular feedback •  Be direct and to the point Millennials •  “I want it with the push of a button, anytime.” •  Consider electronic connections; use visuals •  Allow an active role in creating work plans
  • 31. Culture Transformation Resources, LLC * www.CTR-Consulting.com COMMUNICATION DIFFERENCES.
  • 32. www.CTR-Consulting.com Please  contact  us  for  the  complete  presentation  or  more  information  about:   •  Generational  Dynamics  in  the  Workplace   •  Managing  Millennials     •  Leading  Multigenerational  Employees   •  Four  Generations  Working  Together     Ms.  Harris  is  available  for  keynote  presentations,  management  training,  leadership  retreats  and   other  corporate  and  non-­‐profit  engagements.   Andre S. Harris President  &  Proud  Gen  X   Culture  Transformation  Resources,  LLC   www.CTR-­‐Consulting.com   Andre@CTR-­‐Consulting.com   1-­‐800-­‐390-­‐5078                                                        @AndreHarrisCTR                              Andre  Harris  CTR                              www.linkedin.com/pub/andre-harris/31/56a/744/    

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