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Balancing The Generations

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Do you know: What three significant events between 1900 and 1945 have impacted every generation since? …

Do you know: What three significant events between 1900 and 1945 have impacted every generation since?
Who really led the counter-culture of the 1960's and 1970's?
What broad influence has made a majority of the Millennial Generation significantly different? (Hint: It isn't computers)
The workplace has become a melting pot of 5 different generations. The differences in those generations often result in conflict and many leaders are not well equipped to handle that conflict. One of the biggest contributing factors is that most people don't have an understanding of the influences each generation experiences. This is a must see presentation for anyone born between 1900 and 2000!

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  • 1. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights ReservedBalancing the GenerationsA Leader’s Guide To TheComplex, Multi-Generational,21st Century WorkplaceBob Mason
  • 2. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights ReservedDo you know:What three significant events between 1900 and 1945 haveimpacted every generation since?Who really led the counter-culture movement of the 1960sand 1970s?What broad influence has made a majority of the MillennialGeneration significantly different? (Hint: Not computers)Balancing the Generations
  • 3. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights ReservedBalancing the GenerationsThe workplace has become a melting pot of 5 differentgenerations.Differences in the generations often result in conflict andmany leaders are not well equipped to handle that conflict.One of the biggest contributing factors is that most peopledont have an understanding of the influences eachgeneration experiences.
  • 4. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved• 5 Generations impact today’s workplace– GI Generation (1900 – 1927)– Silent Generation (1927 – 1945)– Baby Boomers (1945 – 1964)– Generation X (1964 – 1980)– Millennials or Generation Y (1980 – 2000)Notice the dates overlap – This isn’t an exact science!Balancing the Generations
  • 5. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved• GI Generation– Big influence on Boomers and Xers– Still around with power and influence– Generation was formed by three big events• World War II, Great Depression, the 1920s– Has seen more change than any generation ever– Produced 7 US presidents
  • 6. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved• Silent Generation– Similar to GI GenerationBut– Different and should not be combined with GI Generation– Affected by the depression, but in a different way– Leaders of social change i.e.: Dr. Martin Luther King– Leaders of 1960s counter-culture movementBalancing the Generations
  • 7. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved• Baby Boomers– Larger than any previous generation– More educated than any previous generation– Grew up with new mobility – saw the world– Computer icons; Jobs, Wozniak, Gates, Allen– Competitive and driven in the workplaceBalancing the Generations
  • 8. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved• Generation X– Smallest generation among the 5– Enjoyed relatively stable economic conditions in early andyoung adult yearsBut,– Saw Savings and Loan and Enron scandals and mostsignificantly, the dot com bust – severely impacted theireconomic outlook– Can be a bridge between Boomers and MillennialsBalancing the Generations
  • 9. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved• Millennial Generation (Generation Y)– Largest generation ever– Grew up with technology boom – digital natives– Members often feel entitled– Very diverse generation• Very different view of racial and ethnic issues• Wide range of upbringing – Mothers from 3 other generations– Members expect to have opportunities to growBalancing the Generations
  • 10. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved• Generations are different yet often alike– Silent and Gen X for instance• Generations not always as they are portrayed– Boomers did not lead the counter-culture protests– Millennials were not born with computers in their hands• Generations are the product of the previous generation– Generation X often pushed aside by Boomers– Millennials display input from 3 generationsBalancing the Generations1900 1927 1945 1964 1980 2000GI Silent Boomers Xers Millennials
  • 11. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved• Communication is different, but not impossible– Boomers usually don’t want much explanation– Millennials want lots of explanation• Boomers and Millennials see the workplace differently– Boomers see material opportunity– Millennials see personal opportunity– Xers tend to see potential conflictBalancing the GenerationsGI Silent Boomers Xers Millennials
  • 12. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights ReservedMost important pointGenerations are just categories. Not everyone fits thestandard definition.Leaders will be more successful when they understand theindividual as well as that person’s generational influencesBalancing the GenerationsGI Silent Boomers Xers Millennials
  • 13. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights ReservedBring this exciting and informative program to your organizationContact Bob at rlm@PlanLeadExcel.com or 866-243-1682Balancing the GenerationsA Leader’s Guide To TheComplex, Multi-Generational,21st Century WorkplaceBob MasonBob Mason helps companies develop energized leaders, engaged employees and more profits