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  • 1. Spanning Generations in the Association Workforce Kathie Pugaczewski, CAE Paul Hanscom, CAE
  • 2. Estimated US Workforce by Generation Number/Percentage
    • Generation Y (1981-1999)74 million/31.2%
    • Generation X (1965-1980) 60 million/25.3%
    • Baby Boomers (1946-1964)76 million/32.1%
    • Traditionalists (1900-1945) 27 million/11.4%
    • Bartlett-Bragg, August 17, 2004 Bartlett-Bragg, Anne. (2004).
    • “ 4 Generations in the Workplace”.
    • Learning Technologies . August 17, 2004. digitaldialogues . blogs .com
  • 3. Transitioning Workforce
    • Very soon, Gen Yers will outnumber Baby Boomers in the workplace. Over the next 3 years, between 6 and 7 million more Gen Yers will join the workforce while more and more Boomers leave. 1
    • Roughly 75% of executive directors/CEOs report that they plan to leave their job within the next five years. 2
    • 1. Martin, Dr. Carolyn, and Bruce Tulgan. (2007). Executive Summary:
    • Managing the Generation Mix™, Managing the Generation Mix .2d
    • Edition. HRD Press (2006). RainmakerThinking, Inc. Pages 1-31.
    • www.rainmakerthinking.com p. 3.
    • 2. The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Next Shift: Beyond the Nonprofit
    • Leadership Crisis (2007). Building Movement Project. Generational Monograph
    • Series. www. buildingmovement .org
  • 4. Traditionalists
    • Faced the Depression & WWII
    • Bootstrapped their success
    • Respect familiarity and relationships
    • Small, tight network
    • Founded the association
  • 5. Boomers
    • Raised with hope and opportunity
    • Driven by desire to succeed
    • Teamwork
    • Want to help others
    • Socialize and network
    • Committed to the organization
  • 6. Generation X
    • Independent and individualistic
    • Peer-focused
    • Career building
    • Family first
    • More time and effort to build relationship
    • Small groups
  • 7. Generation Y
    • More socially outgoing than X
    • Networking and exchanging info
    • Virtual networking
    • Well traveled abroad
    • Participation episodic
    • Desire Mentoring
    • More time online than TV
  • 8. Generational Comparison
    • Setting Career Goals
    • Changing Jobs
    • Experience, Education & Training
    • Common Frustrations
    • Common Misconceptions
  • 9. Generational Comparison
    • Around Career Goals
    • Traditionalists Build a legacy
    • Baby Boomers Build a stellar career
    • Gen Xers Build a portable career
    • Gen Y Build a parallel career
    • Lancaster, L. & Stillman, D. (2002, When Generations Collide)
  • 10. Generational Comparison
    • Around Job Change
    • Traditionalists Carries stigma
    • Baby Boomers Puts you behind
    • Gen Xers Is necessary
    • Gen Y Is routine, 7 times before early 30s
    • Lancaster, L. & Stillman, D. (2002, When Generations Collide)
  • 11. Generational Comparison
    • Around Training
    • Traditionalists Learned the hard way, you
    • can too
    • Baby Boomers Train them too much
    • and they’ll leave
    • Gen Xers The more they learn, the stronger their connection
    • Gen Y Continuous learning Lancaster, L. & Stillman, D. (2002, When Generations Collide)
  • 12. Generational Comparison
    • Around Education & Experience
    • Traditionalists Learn from experience
    • Baby Boomers Learn from experimentation
    • Gen Xers Learn from training and networking
    • Gen Y Learn from informal networking and formal education - experience will take care of itself
  • 13. Generational Comparison
    • Common Frustrations
    • Traditionalists Too much change
    • Undervalued experience/history
    • Baby Boomers Always the problem solver
    • Gen Xers Middle child syndrome
    • Gen Y Undervalued education
    • Kid treatment
  • 14. Generational Comparison
    • Common Misconceptions
    • Traditionalists Younger generations are lazy
    • Baby Boomers Younger generations are coddled
    • Gen Xers Glass ceiling and rising floor
    • Gen Y Experience doesn’t matter
  • 15. Creating Solutions
    • Invite Open dialogue
    • Traditionalists document history/experience
    • Boomers create space for creative ideas
    • Gen X, Y take on greater leadership roles – show initiative/urgency
    • Younger leaders prepare for the next generation
  • 16. Helpful Resources
    • Websites
    • www. buildingmovement .org
    • www.generationsatwork.com
    • www.nextgenerationconsulting.com
    • Books
    • The Fourth Turning , Strauss
    • When Generations Collide , Lancaster, L. & Stillman, D
    • Managing the Generation Mix , Martin, Dr . C., & Bruce Tulgan
  • 17. Kathie Pugaczewski, CAE kathiep@ewald.com Paul Hanscom, CAE paulh@ewald.com www.ewald.com Questions?

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