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As is the generation of leaves, so too of men: at one time the wind shakes the leaves to the ground but then the flourishing woods gives birth and the season of spring comes into existence; so it is with the generations of men, which alternately come forth and pass away.”Homer, lliad, Sixth Book


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“A generation can be defined as a group of people born roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Conrington & Marshall, 2004


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Generational Identification roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

“To indentify the persona of a generation, look for these attributes: percieved membership in a common generation; common beliefs and behaviors; and a common location in history.”

Howe & Strauss, 2000


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“Cuspers” roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Persons born within 3-5 years of a generational divide are referred to as “Cuspers” and may favor and display characteristics from both relative generations. They are the folks that cement the generations together. They function as mediators, translators, and mentors.

Lancaster & Stillman, 2003


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  • Learning Style Inventories roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

  • Work Profiles

  • The Myers-Briggs evaluation

  • Personality Profiles

  • Educational Backgrounds

  • Race and Ethnicity

  • Generational Studies

How We Learn About Others


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Generational Timeline roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

1901-1942

  • Traditionalists, Veterans, GI’s, Matures, Silent or Greatest Generation

    1943-1960

  • Baby Boomers or Boomers

    1961-1981

  • Generation X, Generation 13, or X’ers

    1982-2005

  • Millenials, Echo Boom, Generation Y, Baby Busters, Generation Next


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“A generational identity is a state of mind roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

shaped by many events and influences. Only

you can define what generation you fit into.”

Lancaster & Stillman, 2003


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Population: 75 million roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.” (41 year period)

Significant Events

Industrial Age

WWI

Prohibition

Roaring Twenties

Women’s Right to Vote

Manufactured Automobiles

KKK

Black Tuesday

Great Depression

The Dust Bowl

New Deal

Social Security Act of 1935

The Traditionals1901-1942


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On the farm roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

In the city

Small Town America

Around the Radio

Europe

Speak Easys

Detroit

California

Places


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Science and Inventions roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

  • Newspapers

  • Blood Banks & Transfusions

  • Radio

  • Electricity

  • Automobiles

  • Refrigeration


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Teddy Roosevelt roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Booker T. Washington

Henry Ford

Jim Thorpe

Yankee’s

Babe Ruth

Jesse Owens

Babe Didrickson

Joe Di Maggio

Joe Louis

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Dwight Eisenhower

Glen Miller

Bing Crosby

Ella Fitzgerald

Betty Crocker

Edward R. Murrow

John Wayne

Bob Hope

Betty Grable

Irving Berlin

Lena Horne

Shirley Temple

Jimmy Stewart

Heroes


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F. Scott Fitzgerald roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Hemmingway

Steinbeck

Dr. Seuss

Einstein

Will Rogers

Military Service Men

Firemen

Policemen

Clergy

Nurses

Doctors

heroes continued…


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Duty, honor country roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Sacrificial

God fearing

Thrifty

Patriotic

Patient

Loyal

Respectful

Partnered for greater strength

Traditional Attitudes


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Concerns roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

  • Intense Military Attitude

  • Top Down Leadership

  • Chain of Command


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Pearl Harbor roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Rationing

D-Day

V-E Day

Cold War

Baby Boom

GI Bill

Domestic Airline Service

Korean Conflict

America’s Education System Overhaul

“Under God”

Anti-Communism Era

Birth Control Pill Approved by FDA

Baby Boomers 1943-1960

Population: 80Million (Within 17 Years)

Significant Events


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Normandy roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Iwo Jima

Hiroshima/Nagasaki

College

In front of the TV

Vietnam

Space

Suburbia

Places


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Science and Technology roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

  • Television

  • Penicillin

  • Telephones

  • Freezer Storage

  • Transistors

  • Polio Vaccine

  • Satellites

  • Airline Industry


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FDR roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Harry S.Truman

Frank Sinatra

Dinah Shore

Nat King Cole

Dezzie Gillespie

Billy Holiday

Ella Fitzgerald

Elvis

Buddy Holly

Walt Disney

Father Knows Best

Ozzie and Harriet

I Love Lucy

Lassie

American Bandstand

Ed Sullivan

Katherine Hepburn

Cary Grant

Clark Gable

John Wayne

Heroes & Influential People


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Jackie Robinson roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Hank Aaron

Mickey Mantle

Rosa Parks

Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Jonas Salk

heroes continued…

  • Dr. Benjamin Spock

  • Barbie

  • Donald Duck

  • Walter Cronkite

  • John F. Kennedy

  • Jackie Kennedy


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Idealistic roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Optimistic

Challenge the Status Quo

Anti-Communism

Fix what’s wrong with America

Civil Rights for All

Work my way to the top

Boomer Attitudes


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Highly competitive roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Privileged

Work-a-holics

Committed

Challenge Authority

Change in command

Concerns


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Birth Control Pill roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Race for Space

Bay of Pigs

JFK Assassination

Supreme Court Rules on Prayer in School

Women’s Lib 1963

Civil Rights Act of 1963

Immigration Act of 1965

Equality of Education Opportunity Report

The Draft

Anti-War Movement

“Bad Child” Movies

Hippie Movement

RFK & MLK Assassinations

Woodstock

Walk on the moon

Kent State

School Integration and Busing

Voting Age lowered

Roe v Wade

Generation X 1961-1981

Population: 46 Million(Within 20 years) Significant Events


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Global Energy Crisis roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

US Record Recession

Death Penalty Voted Constitutional

Love Canal

Test Tube Babies

Three Mile Island

AIDS-Global Epidemic

O’Conner Appointed to Supreme Court

Triple Divorce Rate

Increased Single Parent Household

The Disappearance of Children

events continued...


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Cuba roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Vietnam

Dallas

Supreme Court

Los Angeles

Memphis

Woodstock

The Moon

Kent State

Watergate

Gas Lines

Love Canal

Three Mile Island

The World

The Universe

Places


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Microwave roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

AM/FM Radio

Modular Synthesizers

Computers

Floppy Disks

Microprocessors

Atari

VCR’s

Jumbo Jets

Neutron Bomb

DNA Discovered

Test Tube Baby

First Heart Transplant

Science and Technology


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John and Jackie Kennedy roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Robert Kennedy

Martin Luther King Jr.

Lyndon Johnson

Richard Nixon

Ford

Carter

Neil Armstrong

The Sierra Club

Gloria Steinem

Maya Angelou

Elvis

Beatles

Neil Sedaka

Gladys Knight and the Pips

Supremes

Temptations

Peter, Paul, and Mary

Beach Boys

Aretha

Janis Joplin

Heroes and Influential People


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Credence Clearwater Revival roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Grateful Dead

The Eagles

Audrey Hepburn

Andy Griffith

Sean Connery

Katherine Ross

Dustin Hoffman

John Travolta

Star Wars

The Graduate

The Godfather

Rocky and His Friends

Beverly Hillbillies

Star Trek

Saturday Night Live

Disco

influences continued…


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Skeptical roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Independent

Self Reliant

Resourceful

Self Starters

Cautious

Xer Attitudes


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Independent roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Demanding

Personal Agenda’s

Anti-Institution

Self-Commanding

Concerns


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Heart Transplant roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

“Sweet Baby” Movies

Challenger

National Debt-all time high

Nuclear Weapons Treaty

Hubble Telescope

Fall of Berlin Wall

Operation Desert Storm

Merger/Corporate & Healthcare

Internet

Waco, Branch Davidians

Oklahoma City Bombing

Landing on Mars

Dolly the Cloned Sheep

Clinton and Lewinski

Columbine

Celebrity Pregnancies

9/11

Irag War or Terrorism

Millennials1982-2005

Population: 76 Million (In 23 Years)

Significant Events


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Berlin roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Kuwait

Cyber Space

Waco

Oklahoma City

Mars

Littleton, CO

New York

Washington

Pennsylvania

Iraq

Places


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Heart Transplants & Bi-passes roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Hubble Telescope

24 Hour Journalism

Fax Machines

Cell Phones

Nintendo

Fertility Drugs

Satellite Access

Internet

Digital Cameras

Cloning

Palm Pilots

Personal Computers

Wireless

Text Messaging

Science and Technology


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Reagan roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Bush

Clinton

Colon Powell

Wonder Years

Full House

Saved by the Bell

Family Matters

Home Improvement

Cheers

Seinfeld

Friends

Hip Hop

Milli Vanilli

MC Hammer

Madonna

Boyz II Men

Garth Brooks

N Sync

Oprah Winfrey

Martha Stewart

Prince William

The Hilton Sisters

Noted Influences


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Michael Jordan roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Sammy Sosa

Tiger Woods

The Williams Sisters

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Bart Simpson

The Olsen Twins

Bill Cosby

Pamela Anderson

Leonardo Di Caprio

Cameron Diaz

Brad Pitt

Jennifer Lopez

Jessica Simpson

Usher

Spielburg

Michener

John Grisham

Danielle Steele

Tom Clancy

Steven King

J. K. Rowling

Computer Language

influences continued….


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Safety First roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Expectant

Optimistic

Idealistic

Empowered

Confident

Cautious

Appreciate Diversity

Realistic

Team Players

Respect Authority

Rule Followers

“Its Cool to be Smart”

Millennial Attitudes


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Decisive roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

Steadfast

Collaborative

Concerns


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So What? roughly within a twenty year time period during the same era in history.”

What’s the Big Deal?

Who Cares?

What’s in it for me?


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“The next time you bump into someone from another generation to whom you don’t relate to, stop and remember that no one is right or wrong, we’re just different.”

When Generations Collide, 2003

Only then will you be able to embrace generational differences.


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generation to whom you don’t relate to, There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation has a rendezvous with destiny.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936


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