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  • 1. Talkin’ about the Generations Carly AndersonLeadership Skills for Tech Professionals carly@stellarleader.com
  • 2. Generations in the workplaceThe Traditionalists born 1922-1945 (67-90 yrs)The Baby Boomers born 1946-1964 (48-66 yrs)Gen X born 1965-1980 (32-47 yrs)Gen Y/Millennials born 1981-1999 (13-31 yrs)
  • 3. Spot the CEONotice the ages of the employeesWhat impression are you left with?
  • 4. The CEO: Tony Hseih – 38 years (Gen X)1995 Harvard grad, computer science1996 started Linkexchange1998 sold to Microsoft, $265m1999 started Zappos2009 sold to Amazon for $1.3b2010 wrote Delivering HappinessZappos.comZapposinsights.com (sell training oncreating a GenX/Y workplace culture)
  • 5. Traditionalists 1922-1945 (67-90 yrs), Boomers 1946-1964 (48-66 yrs) Gen X 1965-1980 (32-47 yrs), Gen Y/Millennials 1981-1999 (13-31 yrs)-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------• Break in to groups of your generation• What are the top 10 things other generations should know about you?• What’s your biggest frustration with how other generations view you?
  • 6. Traditionalists (1922-1945)• Believe in consistency, uniformity, and rules• Command-and-control leadership style• Want automatic respect for being an elder• Believe in logic, and following directions• Have loyalty and respect for authority• Dislike conflict – gravitate toward control• View an understanding of history as a way to plan for the future• Prefer hierarchical organizational structures
  • 7. Baby Boomers (1946-1964)• Focus on individual choice and freedom• Value prosperity and ownership• Focus on health and wellness• Equal rights emerge• Confronted with a diverse workplace• Seek collaborative, group decision-making• Emphasize team-building• “The future is there for the taking”
  • 8. Generation X (1965 – 1980)• Both parents working; “latchkey kids”• View parents as “older friends” – byproduct is autonomy and self-reliance, rather than respect for authority• Want feedback and recognition• Technology savvy• Want balance between work and rest of life• Want flexible work hours• Unimpressed by titles
  • 9. Gen Y / Millennials (1981 – 1999 )• Have never lived without technology• Exceptional multi-taskers• Easily accept diversity, global in perspective• Prefer to work in teams, and value independence• Will there be a future? Columbine, 9/11• Believe work is temporary and unreliable (have seen their parents lose their jobs)• Nurtured and protected by parents. Want same from managers/supervisors• Respect must be earned, regardless of age or title
  • 10. Gen Y / Millennials (1981 – 1999 ) continued• Adapt rapidly, crave change and challenge• Want things instantly (other generations term this ‘entitled’)• Fear living poorly – want lifestyle balance• Seek flexibility in work hours and dress code• Value self-expression more than self-control• Marketing and branding self is important• Seek continued learning (using technology)• Want respect, to be seen as equal
  • 11. Generations in the workplaceBe not afraidNuke nostalgiaThere are noperfect role modelsThe four-year career
  • 12. Questions to PonderWhat barriers are you now aware of, that you putbetween yourself and those of a different generation?What fresh perspective can you view other generationalmindsets from?What benefits could you get from seeing the worldthe way ‘they’ see it? Carly Anderson, carly@stellarleader.com