38 Killer Strategies You Can Use to Crush Gen Conflict Now!

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Amy Lynch

Generations Expert + Idea Warrior + Entrepreneur

Category: Four Generations at Work

Looking for the Right Business Partner? Try a Different Generation. Here's Why.

Amy Lynch is advisor to 4GenNow, a powerful hub for connecting intergenerational entrepreneurs. Learn more at 4GenNow.com, and attend the summit in Denver this October.   I was in a meeting a few years ago when two Gen Xers said the same thing at the same time. Both instantly yelled “jinx” and started laughing. The Boomers in the room rolled their eyes. The Millennials thought it was cute. That moment was a window into how similar generations can be. If you and I are from ... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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

4th Quarter Careers for Never-Retirees

The fastest growing age group in the workforce these days is NOT Millennials. And it's not up-and-coming Gen Zs. It’s people over 65.  During the next six years, these never-retirees will increase their numbers in your workforce by 5% to 6% each year. So, do the math. How many Baby Boomers will be working side-by-side with Millennials and Gen Z in your organization by 2024? can you make this a win? will you engage Boomers and make sure they don't retire in place... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Tuesday, May 1, 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

Gen Z May Drive You Cray Cray. Here's Why.

Gen Z employees are fast. They expect to work hard. They know the value of a dollar. What could go wrong? Here's the tea. (Z slang for the gossip, the real dirt). Trained by Tech Your biggest challenge with Gen Z employees may well be the challenge their teachers and professors have been facing for years: lack of focus. These digital natives grew up reading Goodnight IPad rather than Goodnight Moon at bedtime. By elementary school, they were cross-platforming (mastering ... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, May 11, 2017

Millennial Managers: What It Takes to Succeed

Suddenly in Charge  In 2016 Millennials became the biggest generation in the workforce, and we're not talking entry positions. One in three is a manager. One. In. Three. What makes Ms good leaders? Fast work, courage when it comes to risk, and the ability to sort multiple, constant streams of data. That’s exactly what you’d expect from a generation who grew up digital, and exactly what managers need to do during this age of disruption in every industry. ... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Monday, April 24, 2017

Can a Company Have Gen IQ? Sure It Can. (Or, Why Nobody Got Fired.)

The Boomer president of a law firm was concerned about young attorneys who dressed more casually than he thought appropriate. So he sent an email to everybody saying that he wanted all attorneys in suits during client meetings. One Millennial attorney didn’t agree. He gave the email some thought and decided to respond. He wrote, “I have a lot of young clients. A suit may not be the right move when meeting with them.” He carefully constructed his arguments for going casual. ... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gen Differences Are Everywhere.

The first place we tend to recognize generational differences is at work. But no matter where we go, we slosh around in a stew of different generations. Do these sound familiar?  • Your family is trying to plan a beach trip for next year. The Boomers have their calendars planned til 2035 (or the apocalypse, whichever comes first), but the Millennials can’t commit to next year. They’re still on Snapchat deciding where to go tonight. You argue with family members ... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, March 9, 2017

Don't Let Generational Conflict Kill Your Small Business

Generational studies have been around for a decade now. Most of us ticked generational differences off our competency list years ago. Millennials? Lots of feedback. Boomers? Use the phone. And that was fine. Until now. Right now, generations at work are changing faster than you can say “demographic cohort.” First, millennials aren’t the new guys any more. They’re established, experienced and the largest generation in the workplace -- basically the new gorilla in th... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, February 8, 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
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