Millennials, Gen X & Boomers: adjusting for intergenerational management
By: Jerry O'Brien | Originally Posted on June 5th, 2017
A few years ago, I was asked to speak to the leadership of a large national company that employs primarily newly graduated college students. The leadership was continually challenged by the seemingly unfathomable (unreasonable) needs and wants of their millennial teams. At the time I had not done much study on the subject, but was intrigued by the topic. After doing a literature search I was frankly quite discouraged by the negative attitude toward millennials that appeared to be pervasive in most literature.
My own experience in working with this generation has been positive and led to a profound hope for a better future. So I began looking into the core of the problem and became convinced that the generations communicate in such vastly different ways that it is difficult for it to be effective.
Consider this: How often do you feel that your week is filled with constant meetings? Many leaders express that they spend a majority of their time in meetings. For this week's MMC, try establishing a day of the week where you have zero meetings on your schedule. By eliminating meetings for one day a week, you will be able to catch up on other projects and things around the office. Cut the meetings and watch your productivity increase.
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