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Amy Lynch

Generations Expert + Idea Warrior + Entrepreneur

Category: Career Paths

Forgotten Generation? Forget That. Gen X Takes the Lead.

Hey, Gen X. You used to be the middle chid, the Prince Charles generation perpetually in waiting. But no more. With 20 years' experience and 51% of leadership positions worldwide, you are more and more the boss, the lead, number one, the chief setting the pace in the C-suite. This Fast Company article by Gwen Moran (with input from yours truly) reveals the skills your years of waiting taught you--and what you can teach us all.    A few years ago, Pew Research Cente... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, May 24, 2018

Making Mentors of Us All

Here's a surprise. The fastest growing age group in the workforce these days is NOT Millennials, and it's not up-and-coming Gen Z. It’s people over 65. Bunches of Boomers Right now, never-retirees are increasing their numbers at work by 5% to 6% each year. So, do the math. How many Baby Boomers will be working side-by-side with young folks in your organization by 2024, when their growth will level off? Bunches. Fewer than a quarter of Americans over 65 can afford to retire. ... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Monday, April 30, 2018

Which Generation Were You Born to Lead?

“Leader” is a loaded word.Each generation defines it differently. If you work with the Silent Generation, the ghost of the “leader as commander” lingers in the air. For Silents, leadership was based on role. In the business world, executives led like generals.If you work in a traditional industry like law, medicine, accounting or government, you'll encounter this leadership model. Tips for Leading in Highly Traditional Settings Decide... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Sunday, February 18, 2018

Gen X Execs. Are You the New Black?

Gen X CEOs are trending, and we’re not just talking start-ups and tech companies. Stalwarts like McDonalds, Harley-Davidson and 21st Century Fox recently put Xers in charge. As the “gray ceiling” in the C-Suite cracks and Boomers pass the baton, corporate culture will change.  Here's how. Relatable Leaders? Thank Mom. Gen X leaders are proving less autocratic and more relational in their management styles. If that suits you, thank their working moms. New s... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, May 26, 2016

Managing Millennials: Redefining Loyalty

I recently consulted with a Boomer employer and Millennial employee. The Millennial was leaving. She had learned a lot in the position, she explained, but she wanted to do more and different things, and she didn’t see that happening anytime soon. At one point, the Boomer said, “I wish you’d stay. You’ve only been here two years.” The Millennial’s reaction was swift and sure. “Right. I’ve been here Two. Years.” Same words,... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Why Your Boss is Younger Than You

In traditional corporate models, age and experience were major players. Your boss was your senior. That was the norm. Now that’s changing. For nearly 20 years, digital skills have upended the old model bit by bit.  In a digital economy, change happens faster. New challenges demand new solutions and new skills. Experience and seniority tend to matter less, competency and agility more. The generational layer cake breaks down even further on project teams where older employees oft... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Gen Z and Manufacturing

I have written about GenEdge (also called Gen Z or as Homelanders) as a generation poised to excel in manufacturing. Born after 1995, Edgers grew up assuming that tech ability and hands-on "hacking" are part of a basic skill set, not add-ons. And having grown up digital, they are hungry for DIY, tactile experiences. Edgers are into baking, building, carving and coding. Since elementary school, they’ve used YouTube to find out how to fix a bicycle or plant a garden.... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2015: The Generations Shift

This is a year of massive demographic changes. Shift One: Millennials inch ahead of Boomers in the workforce. Ms outnumber Booms by about 2%. Not a big margin yet, but growing quickly. Shift Two: Boomers are working, staying longer, so 3 generatins are basically even-steven in numbers. Booms, Gen X and Millennials all number right around 50 million each. The good news? Boomer vision, Gen X efficiency and Millennial innovation are all at your disposal. The bad news? Ev... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ask, Already!

Not long ago, I was talking with a group about the first-time-ever phenomenon of 70 million Baby Boomers fueling up for an additional decade of work. The equation is simple. Working longer = learning longer. Boomers have to retool in order to do relevant work. But managers, no matter what their age, often assume Boomers who report to them have already done all they can or want to do. As we talked, I urged Boomers in the room to take the reins on this. I said we have to determine what w... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fourth Quarter Careers: Part Two

Facing more years of work than you expected? You're not alone. In every industry, Boomers are working an average 7 years longer than anybody thought they would. How can you continue to bring value, relevance and maybe even joy to your work?    Below, a few tips for remaining at the top of your game until the end of the game.  Ask For What You Need. Technical Training:  If you're a typical Boomer, one thing you need is training in new technologies: You&nbs... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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