Leadership and the Inter-Generational Divide: 10 Suggestions for Boomer Managers and Executives
Boomer managers and executives face some big challenges as they exit the labor market or begin to contemplate retirement, while simultaneously attending to their management responsibilities. The clash of value sets among the generations presents significant leadership challenges, but they’re not impossible.
To assist Boomer managers and executives, here`s a list of suggestions to keep in mind when interacting with younger co-workers. These come from my new e-book Leadership and the Inter-Generational Divide, 2nd Edition. Be sure to download your free copy!
1) There is life after work. Take a cue from Gens X and Y.
2) You don’t own all the corporate knowledge.
3) Listen to Gens X and Y before speaking. What are they really saying?
4) Be clear in your communication; don’t try to be hip.
5) Be who you are–no facades; Gens X and Y will appreciate it.
6) NEVER say, “This is how things are done around here.”
7) Don’t provide answers. Ask Gens X and Y for their solutions to problems.
8) Be clear on your expectations and accountability.
9) Emphasize that the customer/client/citizen is the organization`s raison d’être.
10) Leave a positive legacy with your organization. Mentor an up-and-comer.
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Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present, and keep the promise to posterity.
– Harold J. Seymour
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