Cross Generation Learning Styles

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Cross Generation Learning Styles

  1. 1. A Partner in Learn With Me! Training Multiple Generations Sherri Petro 2009
  2. 2. The Objectives ♦ Define the generational mix ♦ Discuss the differences of the four generations in the classroom ♦ Share “generational” best practices to increase the learning in your training classes 2
  3. 3. The Generation Mix In 2009 ♦ Traditionalists ♦ Generation X – Born 1925-45 – Born 1965-80 – 64-84 years – 29-44 years ♦ Baby Boomers ♦ Generation Y – Born 1946-64 – Born 1981-? – 45-63 years – 18-28 years 3
  4. 4. National Landscape 2006 6.5% 22.5% Traditionalists Baby Boomers 41% Generation X Generation Y 30% 4
  5. 5. Clarifying Question 5
  6. 6. Affects in the Classroom ♦ Time sensitivities ♦ Classroom etiquette ♦ Different ♦ Change communication ♦ Respect vehicles ♦ Entitlement ♦ Subscription to ♦ Engagement technology 6
  7. 7. Generational Group Exercise 7
  8. 8. Generational Group Discussion 1. What motivates your generation? 2. What are you most proud of about your generation? 3. What do you wish the other generations appreciated about yours? 8
  9. 9. Traditionalists Style ♦ Respect for authority ♦ Loyal ♦ Practical and patient ♦ Can be tough for them to use their own judgment ♦ Why customize? ♦ Separation of work and home ♦ Their goal is to build a legacy 9
  10. 10. Traditionalists: Training and Learning Strategies ♦ •Prefer to learn in the morning ♦ Sage on the stage ♦ Lecture ♦ Q&A ♦ Dislike being called on… ♦ Link learning to organizational goals 10
  11. 11. Baby Boomers Style ♦ Appreciate process ♦ Team work and collaboration ♦ Self-improvement ♦ Strong work ethic ♦ Optimistic and idealistic ♦ Struggle with work/life balance ♦ Prefer tactile learning ♦ Goal is to put their stamp on things 11
  12. 12. Baby Boomers: Training and Learning Strategies ♦ •Facilitated, instructor-led ♦ Interactive and group learning ♦ Need time to practice skills ♦ Prefer tactile learning ♦ Like books, PPT, and hand-outs ♦ Link learning to new ways to add value 12
  13. 13. Generation X Style ♦ Appreciate results and ♦ Values diversity outcomes ♦ Informal ♦ Like to solve their own ♦ Quick study problems ♦ Look for the sound bytes ♦ Multi-taskers ♦ Work solo and yet on ♦ Fiercely independent teams ♦ Direct communicators ♦ Need for external versus reading in recognition as reward between the lines ♦ Goal is maintaining ♦ Skeptical independence 13
  14. 14. Generation X: Training and Learning Styles ♦ Focus on outcomes versus techniques ♦ Make learning experiential, problem–solving ♦ Control over own learning ♦ Like parallel thinking ♦ Go with key points ♦ Flexibility in scheduling ♦ Link learning to their marketability 14
  15. 15. Generation Y Style ♦ Digital natives ♦ Multi-taskers ♦ Menu-driven thinking ♦ Desire mutual respect ♦ Work on their own terms ♦ Ready for collaboration ♦ Are looking for a cause ♦ Think globally ♦ Meaningful work ♦ Have positive expectations ♦ Celebrate diversity ♦ Want customization ♦ Acknowledgement for ♦ Desire interactivity being here ♦ Express to express -- not to ♦ Looking for an impress you experience Goal is to find work and create a life that has meaning 15
  16. 16. Gen Y: Training and Learning Strategies ♦ Edutainment - both fun and learning ♦ Mis-takes ♦ Teamwork and technology ♦ Like discovery and mystery of unanswered questions ♦ Engaged to retain info ♦ Link learning to making a future (both making a difference and making money) 16
  17. 17. Similarities* ♦ We receive great reward – For the work we do – From the people we work with – And the belief that we are contributing to society and our current jobs ♦ We receive great satisfaction from our accomplishments at work • CCL Emerging Leaders Research by Ross DePinto, 2003 17
  18. 18. Generational Similarities ♦ We have – A desire to learn – A desire to be acknowledged – A desire to be rewarded ♦ We want – To be trusted, valued and respected – To succeed 18
  19. 19. General Suggestions ♦ Employ a student and teacher mindset ♦ Encouragement enlargement of ideas with participants ♦ Dialogue vs debate ♦ Conduct a temperature check survey in the classroom ♦ Allow informal & scheduled times on the agenda 19
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  21. 21. Thank You! Sherri Petro VPI Strategies, a Partner in sherri@vpistrategies.com www.workplaceevolution.com 858-583-3097 21

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