Oct 072020

One of the most important things to consider when trying to understand differences in views held by different groups of people, such as cultures, is the common values held by the groups. This certainly applies to understanding differences in generational groups and can be helpful in providing insight into some of the reasons their views in the workplace are not only different but often conflicting.

Baby Boomers are known for their respect for tradition, hard work, and use of soft skills. They typically have patience and are the group that started looking at emotional quotient (EQ) as an important factor in evaluating performance.

Generation X is known for their practicality, openness, and respect for diversity. They are also very curious and like change along with respecting hard work and knowledge.

Millennials look for freedom of information and more general or superficial (i.e. larger breadth of) knowledge rather than detailed expertise in a single area. They are success oriented and creative.

Generation Z has grown up with rapid information access and content search. They live for the present with immediate reactions to everything. They also tend to be initiators.

We see a constant increase in diversity with each generation which adds to the variety in ideas and creativity. We also see an accelerating speed of access to information with each generation which allows each successive group to have more information available faster but decreases their requirement to learn and comprehend details. This has led to quicker decision making with less problem solving associated with it. This leads to more trial and error approaches.

When you put these things and many other differences together, you can begin to see some of the sources of misunderstandings between generations. For example, why older generations believe younger workers don’t think through solutions before reacting. And on the other side, why younger generations accuse older workers of taking too much time to analyze before making decisions. When each individual takes time to understand the values and the approach of the person who has a different perspective, they are more likely to reach a point where they can agree on an approach that considers all views.

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Jun 262019

I felt honored to be invited to be a guest on a podcast by two millennials who discuss millennial topics. It was a lot of fun and I hope you will check it out to hear our discussion of some interesting current topics and their thoughts on my book, Millennials Taking the Lead.

Here’s a link to the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-215536382/episode-93-dr-carolyn-fore

Here’s a link to buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Millennials+taking+the+lead&ref=nb_sb_noss

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Nov 282017

Most Traditionalist leaders have already retired, and each year sees more Baby Boomer leaders reaching retirement age, leaving Generation Xers and Millennials to fill more leadership positions in organizations. Successful organizations will need to begin understanding the leadership style of Millennial leaders in order to hire, motivate, and retain these future leaders. The leaders from the Millennial generational cohort will soon be a dominant factor in the workforce, making it important that today’s leaders begin to understand tomorrow’s leaders.  – Millennials Taking the Lead, The Leadership Style That’s Changing the Workplace is now available through this website and Amazon. Please click on the Buy tab if you would like to purchase the book or go to Amazon. After you read it, please write a review on Amazon so others will buy it!

Oct 272017

I haven’t posted anything in a long time because I have been working on my book instead of writing for my blog. Now my book, Millennials Taking the Lead, The Leadership Style That’s Changing the Workplace, is finished and available through this website and Amazon. Please click on the Buy tab if you would like to purchase the book. I will get busy writing about Millennials, leadership, and other topics now so please come back.

Jun 302013

There has been so much talk generated by Sheryl Sandberg’s book and her discussion of the need for women to Lean In. She presents some great thoughts in her book. As a Baby Boomer, I strongly feel that I did my best to help pave the way for the women of future generations to have better opportunities and true equality in the workforce.

While I didn’t have jobs with the visibility Sheryl had or meet people who were quite as well known, I can relate to her experiences and could write many stories of times when I was faced with similar challenges. With that in mind, I love seeing her advise women of today to lean in, sit at the table, take risks, challenge ourselves, and ask for promotions. There are a lot of women advancing through corporate America who can benefit greatly from her shared experience and wisdom.

However, I also look at how the workforce of today is changing and think Millennial women who are just starting their careers have a lot different challenges and are really concerned with different issues from the women who entered the workforce before them. There are currently more women graduating from college than men. This means there are more women competing for those college graduate entry level jobs than men. There are also more Millennial women in management positions than Millennial men. This is a major shift starting with the younger workers in the organization. Women are working for women and with women as peers. There is more acceptance of the way women think and act as leaders because there are so many more of them successfully leading teams, departments, organizations, and even major companies. The days of only one woman sitting at the table with the men are disappearing so that now a woman in a leadership role doesn’t feel like she has to represent the rest of the women in the company, fight off self-doubt about being there, or feel like she should apologize for being in the room. Millennial women in the workforce have a lot of opportunity ahead and many seem prepared and ready to get started. I hope they will take the lessons from the women who went before them and use the creativity their generation is known for to do some great things in the future.