Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. Vocational Education Leadership Institute. Navigating the Tides of Change: Occupational Education Leadership Now. March 7, 2008 The Seascape Resort Aptos, CA. Why Can’t We ALL JUST GET ALONG?. Leading Our Millennial Students in
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Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Vocational Education Leadership Institute
March 7, 2008
The Seascape Resort
Leading Our Millennial Students
Dean and Athletic Director: Santa Rosa Junior College
Director of Writing & English Professor: William Jessup University
Principal Consultants: Advanced Knowledge Consulting
Psychologically people are tactile
Like to hold, handle, open something
Social need to work in groups
Team Conflicts –
Boomers – view Gen Xers as too impatient, throw out tried and true
Gen Xers – view Boomers as inflexible to change/ say the right thing to the right person
Silents – view Boomers as self-absorbed, share too much information
Boomers – view Traditionalists as rigid/dictatorial
Gen Xers – view Millennials as too spoiled/self-absorbed
Millennials – view Gen Xers as cynical/negative
“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, PhD
Created by 20-somethings Paugh and Healy- “create an anonymous dialogue between our generation and the corporations struggling to understand our attitudes about work.”
Part of being an entry-level worker is just waiting for something big to come your way. In the meantime, you bite your lip and act busy. Preceding generations say it’s normal. I say it sucks. If what our elders say is true, we’re supposed to keep on truckin’. Eventually we’ll have some real responsibility and the downtime will be nothing less than treasured. The problem is, I don’t live my life on blind faith.
Two things represent my generation. Technology and the “Do-It-Yourself” aesthetic. With the increase in technology, opportunities for networking with others seem endless, enabling us to turn out more authors, films, record labels and artists than previous generations. When you put the two together you have the recipe for a generation that is willing to go out and make stuff happen on their own.
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