COMMUNICATING WITH TODAY'S STUDENT-ATHLETES. The Millennials. California Community College Athletic Association. Spring Conference Doubletree Hotel Ontario, CA March 31, 2009 3:15-5:15 pm. Presenters:. James Forkum Dean and Athletics Director - Santa Rosa Junior College Sherry Forkum
March 31, 2009
Dean and Athletics Director - Santa Rosa Junior College
English Professor - William Jessup University
Principal Consultants: Generational Differences Consulting
but…Psychologically people are tactile
Like to hold, handle, open something/Kindle
but…Social, need to work in groups
Silents – view Boomers as self-absorbed, share too much
information, question authority
Boomers – view Silents as rigid/dictatorial, company men,
accept party line
Boomers – view Gen Xers as too impatient, throw out tried
and true, not “company”/fickle
Gen Xers – view Boomers as inflexible to change/ say the
right thing to the right person, don’t have a
Gen Xers – view Millennials as too spoiled/self-absorbed,
too “Me”, entitled
Millennials – view Gen Xers as cynical/negative, no fun
Millennials – view older Boomers and Silents as worth
listening to, “buddies”, models
A team that allows choices and openly explores ideas, and whose members value learning, will better accommodate the needs and values of members of different generations.
Constance Patterson, Ph.D.
1. How would you describe your generation, in general?
2. How would you describe a Millennial, in general?
Don’t forget physical characteristics. Share with a neighbor.
as a reward.
being part of a team is important to them.
tolerance for delay. E-mail is “so yesterday!”
1. Understand Yourself and Your Beliefs
2. Engage Them (Intentionally)
4. Ask Questions
5. Clarify What Has Been Said (Eligibility)
6. Impart Tools of Decision Making
7. Affirm Lavishly and Correct Sparingly
(Adapted from McAllister’s Saving the Millennial Generation)
It’s not the first half of the game that counts, but how you leave the court at the end of the game.