A Gen Y versus Gen X conflict


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The current generation of young and promising software developers believes, thinks and acts different. They love freedom and flexibility. Unfortunately, on a daily basis they have to cooperate with more traditionally thinking project managers. It's a clear example of a Gen Y versus Gen X conflict. It's the confrontation between two completely differently thinking generations. Will we be able to solve this?

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  • What Gen Y wants in life:Image is crucial. Want to be seen as a successful person, the CoolGet rich in the shortest time possible. Being a millionaire before 30 will be the best. Drive a nice car, wear Prada , eat Gucci, breath Armani and speak Zegna. Don’t want to wait and work their ass off for the next 30 years just to have the slight possibility of really being able to afford those stuff.http://tankenling.com/standingtall/the-generation-gap-problem/baby-boomers-era-gen-x-vs-gen-y-the-generation-gap-conflict
  • A Gen Y versus Gen X conflict

    1. 1. A Gen Y versus Gen X conflict<br />4Developers, 4 April 2011<br /> Warsaw, Poland<br />Peter Horsten<br />© 2011 Goyello Sp. z o. o.<br />
    2. 2. The next generation is young, eager and wants more ……..<br />Money<br />And we call them ….<br />
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    4. 4. Gen X<br />13th Generation<br />Gen Z<br />Silent generation<br />1925-1942<br />1982-2000<br />1961-1981<br />1943-1960<br />> 2000<br />Gen Y<br />Millennials<br />Net Generation<br />Echo Boomers<br />Baby boomers<br />According to “Generations” by Howe and Strauss<br />
    5. 5. Oh Yeah, who’s “Me”<br />1969 (Gen X)AgileBloggerCloudCoachCommunicationConsultantCreativeDirectorDutchEngineerFatherFunGdańskHonestHusbandiPhone/iPad Mobile Open mindOpinionOutsourcingPartnershipPeter HorstenPolandPositiveSocialMediaSociologistSoftwareTrustUniversity of GdańskWeb<br />
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    7. 7. Generation X is having hard times<br />1st fighting for years <br />against Boomers <br />who still didn’t leave<br />And today facing <br />a completely<br />different generation<br />
    8. 8. Boomers<br />Gen Y<br />
    9. 9. Would you like to be this burger?<br />
    10. 10. Watch out! Gen Z will be worse!<br />
    11. 11. What is Gen Y like?<br />
    12. 12. We need to accept they are different<br />Old rules no longer apply<br />Let’s profit from their potential!<br />
    13. 13. Gen Y motivators<br />Challenging, stimulating and varied work<br />Career growth learning and development<br />Enjoyable work environment<br />Pay<br />
    14. 14. “They want to be managed just as they were coached on the soccer field from the time they were five years old” <br />(Diane Thielfoldt, cofounder of The Learning Café)<br />
    15. 15. Together we have<br />to bridge the gap<br />
    16. 16. 1. Be a good coach<br />2. Empower your team and don't micro-manage<br />3. Express interest in employees' success and well-being<br />4. Be productive and results-oriented<br />5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team<br />6. Help your employees with career development<br />7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team<br />8. Have key technical skills, so you can help advise the team<br />http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/03/11/business/20110313_sbn_GOOGLE-HIRES-graphic.html?ref=business<br />How to become an effective manager?<br />
    17. 17. The pitfalls<br />Not a real team leader<br />No consistent approach to performance management and career development<br />Too little time for managing and communicating<br />
    18. 18. Key values for successful multi-generational work<br />
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    20. 20. Thanks for your attention!<br />Feel free to contact and follow!<br />Or ask questions today<br />Contact details:<br />@ peter.horsten@goyello.com<br />http://goyello.com<br />http://blog.goyello.com<br /> http://petersopinion.com <br />http://twitter.com/PetersOpinion<br />GOYELLO Sp. z o.o.<br />Al. Niepodległości 606/610<br />81-855 Sopot<br />T: +48 58 555 0073<br />DEDICATED TO YOU<br />
    21. 21. Credits<br />Pictures:<br /><ul><li>Hamburger pictures: http://istockphoto.com
    22. 22. Baby boomer: http://geezermodo.com/?p=75
    23. 23. 13th Gen: http://globalastrologyblog.blogspot.com
    24. 24. Génération Y: French Canadian cartoonist Marc Beaudet, published at Journal de Québec on January 22, 2008
    25. 25. Gen Y guy: http://www.ask-nottell.com/?p=248
    26. 26. Self perception graph Gen X and Gen Y: http://wagner.nyu.edu/leadership/news/MultigenerationalLeadership0509.php
    27. 27. Gen Y social connected image: http://www.adrants.com/2009/03/gen-y-marketers-still-getting-it-wrong.php
    28. 28. Biker climbing mountain: http://redriverpak.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/motivating-the-idiot/
    29. 29. Football coach: Copyright Peter Horsten
    30. 30. Hands together: http://blogs.sitepoint.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/huddle.jpg</li></ul>YouTube:<br /><ul><li>Generation Y: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEZM6nUhKW8</li></li></ul><li>Further reading<br /><ul><li>The Learning Café http://www.thelearningcafe.net/
    31. 31. Karen Brost, The Gen Y Factor, Secrets to Attracting & Engaging ‘NewAge’ Attendees, Aug./Sep. 2009http://www.thelearningcafe.net/downloads/TheGenYFactor.pdf
    32. 32. Honoring legacies and supporting innovation: the multi-generational landscape of leadership, http://wagner.nyu.edu/leadership/news/MultigenerationalLeadership0509.php
    33. 33. Twentysomething: The rising rift between gen X and gen Y, http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2007/11/06/twentysomething-the-rising-rift-between-gen-x-and-gen-y/
    34. 34. What is a Millennial?, http://www.bnet.com/article/what-is-a-millennial/201716</li>