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Leadership and the Inter-Generational Divide: Issues, Trends and Solutions–2nd Edition

February 3, 2013

Intergen ebook cover with Text Two years ago I released the first edition of this e-book. At the time, the North American economy (the world’s for that matter) was very weak and trying to recover from the Great Recession. There was, however, a significant amount of optimism shown by the supposed experts, who were forecasting improvements in the short-term. That has taken longer than expected.

Indeed, the United States, whacked badly by the Great Recession and the 2008 financial meltdown, is finally showing steady positive signs of job growth. Canada, however, is starting to lose some of its smugness as its economy softens and the housing market begins a long-overdue correction.

I felt it was time to update this e-book to reflect some of the key recent developments and information sources that are relevant to the generations that make up the workforce, with an emphasis on Generation Y.

Download your complimentary copy here.

There’s a lot at stake in how organizations–whether in the public sphere or the private sector–address the challenges posed by an ageing population, and especially a work force that’s about to span five generations. Gen Y will play an important role over the longer-term when it comes to leading organizations.

However, the unemployment problem facing Gen Y has not alleviated as initially promised by the experts. Their challenges are mounting as the clock keeps ticking and as many young people remain excluded from employment, and increasingly from meaningful, good-paying jobs that utilize their education and skills.

And older workers (ageing Baby Boomers) are being forced to remain in the labor force longer for financial reasons. Yet they, too, face the effects of technology and virtual work, with one consequence being outdated skills.

The ideas and information contained in this e-book are intended to assist the reader in his or her leadership journey in the workplace. There are web links throughout which transport you to the perspectives of others who comment on the issues facing the different generations. Therefore, while you may wish to print the e-book it’s formatted to be read digitally and to aid you in accessing other information sources.

Once you’ve read it, please take a moment to share your thoughts and ideas on potential solutions to what is becoming a major challenge in the workplace: Inter-generational leadership.

We can learn from [Gen Y’s] effortless mastery and application of new tools, ways of working, and methods of collaboration.

– Don Tapscott

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2013 5:20 pm


    I just read your e-book. Excellent read and application to the real world! I especially appreciated your global view on how Gen X, Gen Y, and Baby Boomers will need to interact with each other in the future. Your professional experience as an economist is evident throughout your book with the many research citations you’ve provided. Thanks for doing this!



    • February 16, 2013 5:51 pm

      Thanks very much, Robert, for taking the time to read my e-book and for your kind comments. I just watched a new documentary by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the huge labor market challenges facing Gen Y.

  2. February 3, 2013 11:38 pm

    Thanks very much, Susan, for stopping by and for reading my e-book, ad for sharing some comments. We’ll get our revenge as our grand kids start calling our adult kids old fashioned. Our oldest granddaughter turns 11 next month. Yep, her ma’s old fashioned on a number of fronts.

  3. February 3, 2013 10:02 pm


    Your ebook is both interesting and enlightening. It’s an excellent summary of how times have changed over the past generations. There is a massive divide between our grandparents and our children in almost every aspect of life. And of course, the future promises even more change. As a middle-aged mom, my kids are already starting to call me out for being “old fashioned.”

    BTW, I especially liked the tips at the end for the Gens X and Y and managers.

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