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Leading 5 Generations in the Workplace

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One of the most important factors in the generational debate is a secret that almost no one is talking about.

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Leading 5 Generations in the Workplace

  1. 1. Leading 5 Generations in the Workplace The generational secret nobody’s talking about Bill Sheridan, CAE The Business Learning Institute
  2. 2. “Children love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants … They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company … and tyrannize their teachers.” Bill Sheridan, CAE The Business Learning Institute Who said it
  3. 3. Socrates … as quoted by Plato
  4. 4. “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie
  5. 5. Photo from Patch.com Traditionalists  Born between 1925-45  Dedicated  Pay your dues  Work hard  Respect authority  Age = seniority  Company first  Loyal
  6. 6. Photo from HistoryGroup Boomers  Born between 1946-64  Anti-government  Challenges authority  “Don’t trust anyone over 30”  Driven  Workaholics  Long hours = self worth  Team-oriented  Focused on quality
  7. 7.  Born between 1965-80  Balance, diversity  Work smarter, not longer  Independent  Informal  Want structure and direction  Skeptical / suspicious Gen Xers
  8. 8.  Born between 1981-2000  Ambitious  What’s next?  Multitasking  Tenacious  Entrepreneurial  Digital  Sheltered Millennials
  9. 9.  Born between 1995-2012  Cynical  Private  Entrepreneurial  Multi-taskers  Hyper-aware / savvy  Technology-reliant  Live in the now Gen Z
  10. 10. “The way we lead and manage organizations is going to take on a radical new look over the next several years.” Bill Sheridan, CAE The Business Learning Institute
  11. 11. Revolutionary War 1775-1783
  12. 12. Civil War 1861-1865
  13. 13. Great Depression / World War II 1929-1945
  14. 14. ???????????? 2020-2030
  15. 15. 1. Understand individual differences 2. Don’t stereotype 3. Cross-mentor 4. Collaborate 5. Engage Keys to managing five generations in the workplace
  16. 16.  Autonomy  Mastery  Purpose What do people really want?
  17. 17.  Collaboration  Cloud  Infrastructure  Mobile  Technology
  18. 18. Questions? Bill Sheridan, CAE The Business Learning Institute
  19. 19. Download these slides: Slideshare.net/BillSheridan Follow me:  MACPA’s blog: CPASuccess.com  Facebook.com/BillSheridan  LinkedIn.com/in/BillDSheridan  Twitter.com/BillSheridan  YouTube.com/BillSheridan  SlideShare.net/BillSheridan  Flickr.com/photos/Sheridan Leading 5 Generations in the Workplace Bill Sheridan, CAE The Business Learning Institute

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