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The Grand Canyon

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