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Amy Lynch

Generations Expert + Idea Warrior + Entrepreneur

Category: Communication

Trust Me. Really. Honestly, Like, Just Trust Me. (Please)

Generations expert, Amy Lynch speaks to audiences from associations to Fortune 100s, from marketers to managers and educators. No matter who the audience, the issue of cross-generational trust always enters the conversation.   According to Pew Research, one in five Millennials say most people can be trusted. In contrast, one in three Gen Xers assume most people are trustworthy.  For half of all Boomers, the first impulse is to trust. So, if a Millennial l... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch

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

Enter the Ear Bud

If you are Gen X or Millennial, and certainly if you are Gen Z, you may never have been outside the range of urban noise. Traffic, electronics, construction—they’re everywhere. In fact, most of us live above the 75-decibel noise level health experts recommend. Even average noise levels in our homes easily reach 90 decibels. Meanwhile out in the wild, nature is getting drowned out. In nearly two-thirds of US national parks, airplanes, cars mining and drilling are regularly twice th... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Work with Other Generations. It Makes You Smarter.

Diverse teams get better results. They bring home more sales, more customers, more profit and more innovation. But this is completely counterintuitive. Working with people who are like us feels more effective. On a homogenous team, people understand each other quickly, and collaboration flows smoothly. The sameness gives us the sensation of progress. In reality, friction adds value. For example, more diverse juries weigh cases more deeply. When homogenous teams are join... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Tuesday, April 3, 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

So, Where's the Wisdom?

Recently at a 4GenNow Conference, I heard Nick Titus, a 17-year-old company founder and CEO, say "If you will listent to me, then I will listen to you. But this has to go both ways."  Suddenly I had a lightbulb moment. For years I’ve shown the image above to audiences and asked, “Where is the information?” This gets people talking about top-down communication vs collaboration.  But as Titus spoke, I realized that I’v... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Friday, January 19, 2018

Books to Blogs. What You Must Learn Now

Our brains are effectively "wired" by the technology we use, especially the tech we use when we’re young.    Your Brain on Books If you’re a Boomer, the primary technology in your classroom was a book. You read for thousands of hours, and that did things to your brain. Your brain learned to be still, to focus, to ignore distractions. Reading is like swimming in the deep end of the pool rather than playing in the shallows.  If y... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Beyond Blaming: Generational Intelligence

We all know Baby Boomers who get mad every time they talk about Millennials. Maybe that’s you. Likewise, there are Millennials who Can. Not. Wait. for Boomers to retire. Four Generations at Work In study after study, employees report that generational conflict makes it hard to get work done. Nearly half of us feel our generation is viewed negatively at work. We could pile up stats like this all day. Here’s what they mean: it's likely you are making somebody tear out their h... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, January 5, 2017

Generational Communication for Holiday Gatherings

From office party to family dinner, all the gens gather during the holidays. Reduce awkward moments and increase the Ho Ho Ho. Here's how.  Boomers As an idealistic Boomer, you’re allowed to be ridiculously sentimental, so lean into it and spread cheesy cheer. Write a sky-is-the-limit annual letter and send it through mail, on paper even, (it’s coming back.) Slip extra cash into the stockings of Gen X and Millennials (the long recession hit them hard), and don’t... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, December 1, 2016

Millennial Phone Phobia

The CEO was frustrated. "I ask a Millennial to call someone, and they text instead. There’s a difference." She's right. A phone call is the power choice when time is short or stakes are high. We all have to be able to make the call or take the call. Millennials who want to succeed can't afford phone phobia. The CEO’s complaint tripped a memory wire for me. At 28, I became the editor of a magazine. To the people I worked with, I looked like a kid. Adver... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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