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    • The Grand Canyon Generation Gap… Communication Gap Julie Zwahr Director of Communications Little Elm ISD
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    • Defining the Generations
      • GI Generation ( 1904-1924 )
      • Silent Generation ( 1925-1942 )
      • Baby Boomers ( 1942-1960 )
      • Generation X ( 1961-1981 )
      • Generation Y ( 1981- 2001)
    • GI Generation ( 1904-1924 )
      • Aka. “The Greatest Generation”
      • “ The Veterans ”
      • Average age: 95 years
      • Characteristics:
      • Civic minded
      • Problem solvers
      • Practical
    • Silent Generation ( 1925-1942 )
      • Aka. Post War Generation
      • Underwhelming Generation
      • “ Cautious” Generation
      • Average age: 76 years
      • Characteristics:
      • Unimaginative
      • Built institutions
      • Conservative
      • Fatalistic
    • Baby Boomers ( 1942-1960 ) approx. 72 million members
      • Aka. “Woodstock” Generation
      • “ Like to Buy the World a Coke” Generation
      • Average age: 58 years
      • Characteristics:
      • Rebelling
      • Inner driven
      • Idealistic
      “ Organize life around work and work around life.”
    • Generation X ( 1961-1981 ) approx. 51 million members
      • Aka. The “13 th ” Generation
      • MTV Generation
      • Latch-key Kids
      • Generation “Jones”
      • Average age: 38 years
      • Characteristics:
      • Skeptics
      • Daring, take risks
      • Family-oriented
      “ I’ll be on the team, and let me do my piece.”
    • Generation Y ( 1981- 2001) approx. 60 million members
      • Aka. “ Millennials”
      • Dotcom Generation
      • “ Trophy” Generation
      • Average age: 25 years
      • Characteristics:
      • Tech- savvy
      • Team oriented
      • Attention craving
      “ I want to do this myself, so who can I get to help?”
    • So what ? How to make it work…
    • Make it work…
      • Silent Generation/Baby Boomer
      • Superintendent, Assist Superintendents, Board Members
      • Baby Boomers/ Gen X
      • Department Heads, Principals, Parents
      • Gen X/Gen Y
      • Department Heads, Specialist, Students
    • Work environment…
      • Baby Boomers – “People need to pay their dues… my identity is tied to my career…”
      • Gen X – “I’m paying my dues…I work too much as it is…”
      • Gen Y – “I’m more innovative…so I need to be compensated…”
    • Work environment…
      • Baby Boomer – “ Young people don’t have the same work ethic…”
      • Gen X – “ I just want to finish my work and go home…”
      • Gen Y – “ I’ll work as long as I need to…or until I get bored. Why do we need office hours, again?”
    • Work environment
      • Baby Boomers – Very loyal
      • Gen X – Loyal, team players
      • Gen Y – Working on their exit strategy to start their own business
    • Work environment - Rewards
      • Baby Boomers – Need public praise
      • Gen X – Need time off with no guilt
      • Gen Y – Need monetary reward or travel
    • Work environment - Oversight
      • Baby Boomer – Self sufficient, autonomist
      • Gen X – Give direction and leave them alone
      • Gen Y – Lead them with questions
    • Communication Style
      • Baby Boomers – Social Graces
      • (believe it’s a lost art)
      • Gen X – Social Skills
      • ( believe it’s planned)
      • Gen Y – Social Networking
      • (believe it’s all put out there)
    • So what ? How to make it home…
    • Parent Involvement
      • Baby Boomer – Like tangible newsletters, Letters home to parents, etc.
      • Gen X – Phone calls, flyers, marquees, websites, emails, etc.
      • Gen Y – Websites, Quick info bytes, texting, etc.
      • <Still Evolving>
    • Parent Involvement – Gen X
      • No such thing as “One Size Fits All.”
      • Customize
      • Trust themselves, and their peers first.
      • Unconditional trust is non-existent.
      • (Our parents were Baby Boomers)
      • Speed and Convenience.
    • The Great Equalizers
      • Build relationships
      Value the differences of opinion Be flexible Cultivate support Soar with people’s strengths Meet the needs of a diverse public
    • Credits
      • Kitty Porterfield and Meg Carnes
      • Fairfax County Schools
      • NSPRA 2008 “Building Credibility with Gex X Parents”
      • When Generations Collide: Who They Are and Why they Clash?
      • by Lynne Lancaster and David Stillman
      • Connecting Generations
      • by Claire Raines
      • Generations: The History of America’s Future
      • by Neil Howe and William Strauss
    • Julie Zwahr Little Elm ISD 972.292.0974 [email_address]