Tuesday, November 29, 2005

ON GEN Xers

Under 40, the so-called "Generation Xers" are generally those born between 1963-1977 - who are supervising "Baby Boomers" (born between 1946-1962), the "G.I. Generation" and the "Silent Generation" (both born before the end of World War II). Ron Zemke , author of Generations at Work, contends that there isn't as much tension between Gen X managers and workers in their late 50s or 60s as there is between Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. His theory: In the U.S. and Canada, Gen Xers 'have a lot of respect for anyone who's from the World War II/Korean War era because they view them as being straightforward and frank…they equate the Boomers with bull." "You know, they're from the '60s - everything has to be some great, dramatic 'cause.' "

The Coach believes…that everyone needs to understand and appreciate each other's mindset. It's really no different today than when I was 20 something!

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