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Amy Lynch

Generations Expert + Idea Warrior + Entrepreneur

Category: Gen X

About That Flag On Your Shirt

Generations expert Amy Lynch likes to hang out in public places (like the polls) and observe generational behaviors. Not in a stalker way, in a researcher way.    My friend Mary Katherine Morn posted this photo and its caption on her Facebook page recently.  An activist, visionary, minister and passionate Baby Boomer, she takes obvious pleasure and satisfaction in voting.  She believes it makes a difference.  I admire Mary Katherine immensely--her wor... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Sunday, August 26, 2018

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
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Notes on NOT Being the Generations Police

Generations expert Amy Lynch tries very hard not to be the generations police.  Some of her best friends are Xennials.   The End of Big Bucket Gens No doubt you’ve heard a Big Buckets generations speech. It’s about Silents, Booms, Gen X and Millennials as idealists, skeptics, pragmatists and so on. When we’re talking about 100s of millions of people over decades of time, some generalities are inevitable. The problem is that these traditional buckets ... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Saturday, August 25, 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

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

Impatient Patients?

What’s a patient? A sick person who receives care, right? Yes, and also no. That verb “receive” is outdated. Younger generations aren’t content to simply receive care. Increasingly, they expect to design the experience more or less for themselves. Gen X, Millennials and forward-thinking Boomers approach care as a transaction. What does this mean for providers? Here’s quick look at the very different generations in your population. Baby Boomers The big news abo... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Monday, June 26, 2017

Don't Panic, That’s Just the Death Rattle of a Boomer-Controlled Congress: What to Expect From Gen X and Millennial Lawmakers

We're approaching one of the biggest generational shifts Congress has ever seen. Boomers are in control, but for how long? Gen X and Millennials are about to make their mark on Washington. Gen X is Rising Fast. Xers will almost certainly win a majority in the House in 2018 and in the Senate by 2024. During the 1990s, The Atlantic proposed that Xers had adopted “political apathy as a way of life.” But it’s not apathy we see in this new generation of leaders. It&rs... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Monday, April 10, 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

Generational Intelligence: Your Career Depends on It.

Not long ago I met a dynamic Gen Xer. She is a VP in a C-Suite dominated by Boomers. As a skeptical Xer, she looked at things from a new perspective, consistently asking the hard questions and pushing back against time-worn assumptions. To her, that was part of doing her job. But Boomers in the group saw her as negative. “They used to cringe when I walked in the room,” she told me. “I saw them do it.” Isolated and discounted, she got nowhere with her initiatives. Her ... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, January 26, 2017

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
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