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Generations. Connecting or Conflicting?. Randy R. Weigel “At Home on the Range” February 21-23, 2006. “How and where did Kennedy die?”. What is a generation ? Generations at Work, 2000, Zemke, Raines and Filipczak

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Generations

Generations

Connecting or Conflicting?

Randy R. Weigel

“At Home on the Range”

February 21-23, 2006


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“How and where did Kennedy die?”


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What is a generation?

Generations at Work, 2000,Zemke, Raines and Filipczak

Generational cohort—people born in the same general time span who share key life experiences and develop shared values, attitudes and expectations.


Generations

Bioecological Systems Theory

Community

Family

Society

Global


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Each generation faces………..

Defining Moments or

Significant Social Events

(DM/SSE)


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Veterans

Born 1922 – 1943

a.k.a.Traditionalists

Matures

G.I.

Silent

Good Time

WW II

What were DM/SSEs for this generation?


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Defining Events—Veteran Generation

1929 – The Great Depression Begins

1933 – The Dust Bowl in the Midwest

1933 – The New Deal Enacted (WPA & CCC)

1941 – Pearl Harbor--U.S. enters WW II

1945 – FDR dies

Atomic bombs dropped

Victory in Europe and Japan

1950 – Korean Conflict (1950-53)

anticommunist fears surge


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  • What to Remember about Veterans:

  • They are dedicated to a job once they take it

  • They are respectful of authority, even if it frustrates them

  • They place duty before pleasure

  • Patience is a virtue. They are willing to wait for rewards

  • Honor and integrity are critical parts of their being

  • They are reluctant to challenge the system. They are conformers

  • They are strongly patriotic.


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  • Messages that Motivate (Connect) with Veterans:

  • “Your experience is respected here.”

  • “It’s valuable to the rest of us to hear what has—hasn’t— worked in the past.”

  • “Your perseverance is valued and will be rewarded.”


Generations

Baby Boomers

Born 1943 – 1960

a.k.a.Boomers

Pepsi

Now

Me

Woodstock

NuAgers

Love

Yuppie

Vietnam

What were DM/SSEs for this generation?


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Defining Events—Baby Boomer Generation

1949 – TV Age Begins

1957 – Congress passes the Civil Rights Act

1962 – Cuban missile crisis

1963 – President Kennedy assassinated

1965 – U.S. sends combat troops to Vietnam

1968 – Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy assassinated

1969 – Neil Armstrong walks on the Moon

Woodstock

1970 – Kent State University shootings


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  • What to Remember about Baby Boomers

  • Boomers live to work

  • A general sense of optimism regardless of what happens

  • They are champions of causes

  • They have always been willing to go into debt

  • They tend to be team and process oriented, sometimes to the

  • detriment of results

  • Boomers strive for convenience and personal gratification

  • Boomers are very nostalgic about their youth and seek to preserve it.


Generations

  • Messages that Motivate (Connect) with Boomers:

  • “You’re important to our success.”

  • “You’re valued here.”

  • “Your contribution is unique and important.”

  • “We need you.”


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Generation X

Born 1960 – 1980

a.k.a.Gen X

Xers

Thirteeners

Baby Busters

Post-Boomers

Lost Generation

What were DM/SSEs for this generation?


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Defining Events – Generation X

1973 – Arab oil embargo--energy crisis begins

1974 – Watergate scandal

Richard Nixon resigns

1976 – First personal computers introduced

1979 – Mass corporate layoffs begin

Iran hostage crisis begins

1980 – AIDS receives worldwide attention

John Lennon assassinated

1981 – Ronald Reagan inaugurated

1986 – Space shuttle Challenger explodes

1989 – Fall of Berlin Wall


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  • What to Remember about Generation X

  • Xers work to live rather than live to work

  • Jobs are viewed within the context of a contract

  • Xers view the world pragmatically

  • They are noted for being self-reliant

  • Xers are attracted to the “edge”

  • Xers approach to authority is casual

  • To them, versatility of skills and experience ensures employability.


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  • Messages that Motivate (Connect) with Generation X:

    • “Do it your way.”

    • “There aren’t a lot of rules here.”

    • “We’re not very corporate.”

    • “We’ve got the newest hardware and software.”


Generations

Millennials

Born 1980 – 2000

a.k.a.Nexters

Gen Y

Y

Echo Boomers

Net Gen

Nintendo Generation

What were DM/SSEs for this generation?


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  • Defining Events—Millennials

  • 1990 – Desert Storm

  • 1991 – Windows introduced by Microsoft

  • 1995 – Oklahoma City bombing

  • 1996 – O.J. Simpson trial

  • 1999 – Columbine High School shootings

  • Impeachment of President Clinton

  • Y2K crisis

  • 2001 – Terrorist attacks on September 11th

  • 2002 – War in Afghanistan

  • 2003 – War in Iraq


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  • What to Remember about Millennials

  • They have been conditioned to live in the moment

  • The believe technology has all the answers

  • Clear and consistent expectations are essential for productivity

  • They are optimistic, civic-oriented but also ‘street smart’

  • Work should be fun

  • They will give respect when they are treated with respect

  • They are astoundingly diverse demographically.


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  • Messages that Motivate (Connect) with Millennials:

  • “You’ll be working with other bright, creative people.”

  • “You and your coworkers can help turn this company around.”

  • “Your boss is in her sixties.”


Generations

The Internet: A whole new world

Lingo:

BTW

IMHO

T2UL8R

FAQs

SPAM

ISP

SMS

Phrases:

“See you online”

“The Server’s

down”

“Email me”

“Behind the

firewall”

Signatures::-) ;-) :-*


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1940’s

1970’s

1980’s

1950’s

1990’s

1960’s


Generations

Learn all you can about other generations


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Manage according to values and attitudes

Hammel, G. (2005). Mixing and Managing Four Generations

of Employees.


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Be wary of stereotyping


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“I remember”……..The sure-fire way to make

yourself irrelevant.


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Appreciate the Strengths of the Generations


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Connecting with Generations goes both ways

“…too many family trees are split apart or friendship bonds

are brokenbecause we are stuck in the mind-set that the phrase

in my day means it’s ‘the only way.’ Instead, we have to let

in my day become a way to connect with one another. Exposing

ourselves to generational diversity can offer wonderful insight

into how the world once was, how it is today, and where we all

might be in the future.”

Lancaster, L., & Stillman, D. When Generations Collide


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Generations

Connecting or Conflicting?

Thank you.


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