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The Echo Boom/Millennials…. Much is expected of the children born between 1982 and 2000, an 80 million in number cohort variously called :. Echo Boom. Generation Y. Millennials. Net Generation. Generations. Each generation is not a linear extension of the one before.

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the echo boom millennials
The Echo Boom/Millennials…
  • Much is expected of the children born between 1982 and 2000, an 80 million in number cohort variously called :

Echo Boom

Generation Y

Millennials

Net Generation

generations
Generations

Each generation is not a linear extension of the one before

Each generation is shaped by the events and culture into which it is born

Each generation approaches life stages in different ways

overview of the generations
Overview of the Generations
  • Common experiences shape each generation’s attitudes, values & behavior (Ex.social, economic and political events)
  • Generational characteristics help us recognize the different perspectives and priorities of each generation
  • Generational differences have implications in the workplace, classroom, and social settings
slide4

Living Generation Comparison

  • G.I. (born 1900-1924) Loyal
  • Silent (1925-1942) Traditional
  • Baby Boomers (born 1943-1960) Optimistic
  • Generation X-ers (born 1961-1981) Skeptical
  • Millennials (born 1982- ) Realistic

Today there could be as many as four distinct generations in one classroom or seated across from one another at a conference table

From When Generations Collide by Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman

silent traditionalists born 1925 1942
Silent-Traditionalists (born 1925-1942)

Other Names: Matures, The Swing Generation, Veterans

Common event: Bombing of Pearl Harbor

Traits:

  • Grew up in “do-without” era
  • Dedication, sacrifice, savers
  • Duty, honor, country
  • Respect authority; comfortable with hierarchy
  • Like details; uncomfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Age = Seniority
silent traditionalists
Silent-Traditionalists

Important Events

Lindbergh Completes First Transatlantic Flight

Stock Market Crash

Depression

The New Deal

Social Security

Pearl Harbor

FDR Dies

Korean War

Core Values

Dedication

Hard Work

Conformity

Law and Order

Patience

Delayed Reward

Duty Before Pleasure

Adherence to Rules

Honor

Veterans

Cultural Memorabilia

Kewpie Dolls, Mickey Mouse, Flash Gordon, Radio, Wheaties, Tarzan, Jukeboxes, Blondie, The Lone Ranger, McCarthy

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The Silent-Traditionalists

Generation

Post Depression

FDR

Social Security

World War II

First Computer

Pearl Harbor

Korean War

The American

Dream

baby boomers born 1943 1960 63 optimistic
Baby Boomers(born 1943-1960/63) Optimistic

Common event: President Kennedy’s Assassination

Traits:

  • Grew up in one of the healthiest economies
  • Optimistic
  • Workaholics; created the 60-hour workweek
  • Defined by their job
  • Consumers; success is largely visible
  • Love-hate relationship with management; likely to challenge authority but want leadership positions
the baby boomers 1943 1960 63
The Baby Boomers 1943–1960/63

Important Events

Rosa Parks

First Nuclear Power Plant

The Civil Rights Act

Cuban Missile Crisis

John Glen

Martin Luther King Leads March on Washington, D.C.

President John Kennedy assassinated

National Organization for Women Founded

Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy assassinated

Core Values

Optimism

Team Orientation

Personal Gratification

Health and Wellness

Personal Growth

Youth

Work

Involvement

Cultural Memorabilia

“The Ed Sullivan Show,” Fallout Shelters, Poodle Skirts and Pop

Beads, Slinkies, TV Dinners, Hula Hoops,The Peace Sign, “Laugh In”

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Baby Boomers

Civil Rights

JFK

Cuban Missile Crisis

Vietnam

Xerox Copier

Moon Landing

Woodstock

Women’s Lib.

generation x born 1961 1981 skeptical
Generation X (born 1961-1981) Skeptical

Common event: The Challenger Explosion

Traits:

  • Grew up when national institutions came under question. Ex: inflation, oil shortage, Watergate
  • Layoffs; end of lifelong employment for their parents
  • No common heroes
  • Wary of commitment, professionally and personally
  • Cynical & pessimistic
  • Comfortable with change
  • Self-reliant; fend for themselves, they were the latch-key children
the gen xers 1961 1981
The Gen Xers 1961–1981

Core Values

Dedication

Hard Work

Conformity

Law and Order

Patience

Delayed reward

Duty before pleasure

Adherence to rules

Honor

Important Events

Women’s Liberation Protests

Watergate Scandal

Energy Crisis begins

Tandy and Apple market PCs

Mass Suicide in Jonestown

Three Mile Island

US Corporations begin Massive Layoffs

Iran Hostage Crisis

John Lennon shot and killed

Ronald Reagan inaugurated

Challenger disaster

Exxon Valdez Oil Tanker Spill

Cultural Memorabilia

“The Brady Bunch,” Pet Rocks, Platform Shoes, “The Simpsons,” “Dynasty,” ET, Cabbage Patch Dolls

slide14

Generation X

Energy Crisis

Watergate

First PC’s

Corporate Layoffs

John Lennon’s Murder

The Challenger Disaster

Exxon Valdez

Fall of The Berlin Wall

Aids

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Generational Comparison

Traditionalists (born 1925 -1942) Loyal

Baby Boomers (born 1943-1960) Optimistic

Generation X-ers (born 1961-1981) Skeptical

Millennials (born 1982- ) Realistic

From When Generations Collide by Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman

view on career goals
View on Career Goals

Traditionalists

Build a Legacy

Build a Stellar Career

Baby Boomers

Gen Xers

Build a Portable Career

Millennials

Build Parallel Careers

From When Generations Collide by Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman

view on rewards
View on Rewards

Traditionalists

The satisfaction of a job well done

Baby Boomers

Money, title, recognition, the corner office

Gen Xers

Freedom is the ultimate reward

Millennials

Work that has meaning for me

From When Generations Collide by Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman

view on life balance
View on Life Balance

Traditionalists

Support me in shifting the balance

Help me balance everyone else and find meaning myself

Baby Boomers

Gen Xers

Give me balance now, not when I’m sixty-five

Millennials

Work isn’t everything; I need flexibility so I can balance all my activities

From When Generations Collide by Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman

view on job changing
View on Job Changing

Traditionalists

Job changing carries a stigma

Baby Boomers

Job changing puts you behind

Gen Xers

Job changing is necessary

Job changing is part of my daily routine

Millennials

From When Generations Collide by Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman

view on feedback
View on Feedback

Traditionalists No news is good news

Baby Boomers Feedback once a year, but with lots of documentation

Gen Xers Sorry to interrupt, but how am I doing?

Millennials Feedback whenever I want it at the push of a button

From When Generations Collide by Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman

view on training development
View on Training & Development

Traditionalists I learned the hard way; you can too!

Baby Boomers Train ‘em too much and they’ll leave.

Gen Xers The more they learn, the more they stay.

Millennials Continuous learning is a way of life.

From When Generations Collide by Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman