Presented by Meagan Johnson and her dad Larry
Today there are five recognized generations with which we must get along:
Traditionals: born before 1945
Baby Boomers: born 1946 to 1965
Gen Xers: born between 1966 to 1980
Gen Yers: born between 1981 to 1990
Linksters: born after 1990
Anyone who has raised a teenager, lived with an older relative, or worked with someone significantly younger or older than they are will tell you that the differences between age groups often goes beyond hairstyles, tattoos or nose rings.
Whether you’re working on a committee with a Gen Xer, serving on a board with a Traditional, planning a party with a Baby Boomer, or receiving “customer service” from a Linkster, it is likely that if you and that person are from different generations, you and she will see the world quite differently. And though many of these differences can be attributed to the normal variations among all human beings, some can be traced to the time period in which each generation was raised and the common experiences it had. We call these events “generational signposts” and they influence how we think and behave long after our childhoods are over.
For example, you may be irritated when the Gen Y person on your committee fails to show you the deference that you, as an older, experienced Baby Boomer feel you deserve – until you realize that many Gen Yers were raised by Baby Boomer parents who believed in running their families like democracies – where children often had a say and being the parent did not mean you always had the final say. So is it any surprise that this youngster isn’t willing to bow down and recognize your grandeur?
In the Managing Employees From Different Generations, Generation Expert Meagan Johnson and her father, well-known speaker and Corporate Culture Expert Larry Johnson explain the differences between generations, the reasons each generation tends to behave as it does, and what the audience can actually do to improve their intergenerational relationships. Throughout their funny and insightful delivery, Meagan offers insightful content with outrageous humor while Larry adds real-life illustrations based on their daughter-father history. It’s a personal touch that really connects with audiences.