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

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Amy Lynch

Generations Expert + Idea Warrior + Entrepreneur

Category: Gen X

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Generations and the Workday. Who owns your time?

Have you seen the new  Hyundai ad  about the guy who (GASP!) leaves work on time?  “When did leaving work on time because an act of courage?”  the voiceover asks. The answer is somewhere around 1973, the year of the first oil embargo. Until then, the US economy had enjoyed a 20-year run of steady growth. In that economy, just doing your job was enough. That bought you a house, a pension, health insurance, relative security. But then the price of a... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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Generation X and Feedback: New Research

How do you like your feedback—direct and unvarnished, or softened with some praise thrown in?  We recently surveyed 1,100 employees from all generations and got surprising results. In our research, we gave people several options about feedback and asked them to choose which they preferred. Two very different options were: 1.  I want straight talk. Sugar coating wastes time. 2.  Take your time and tell me the good things along with the bad. ... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Wanted: Supportive Supervisor

Dear BossPerson, Boomers expected to be loyal to the company first. The boss was just part of the package. Millennials have turned that on its head. Millennials are loyal to collaborative bosses. The company is just part of the package.  Studies across multiple industries all reveal the same evidence—the primary element making Millennials happy in their jobs is a supportive supervisor. And the primary element that makes them disengage and walk is an unsupportive... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Managing Millennials: Redefining Loyalty

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Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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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... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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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... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, August 5, 2015
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New Life Stages, Same Old Generations

“I know the younger generation is different now, but when they get older, they’ll act more like us. Right?” That’s a question I often hear from audience members on the plus side of 50. The answer: Yes. Maybe. Definitely no. It’s complicated. When I was in school generational theory wasn’t even a theory yet. It certainly wasn’t a standard part of sociology, psychology, anthropology, history and business courses. But we... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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Dinks, Sleep and the American Dream: Gen X Finds Balance

As Gen X entered the workplace, the world went digital and the economy slowed. Both changes made the work week longer. Always-able Gen X has adapted in clever ways. Like watching less TV (fewer hours than slacker Booms) and putting in work hours after putting the kids to bed. And then there are the major changes, like having fewer kids, and having them later.  How has Gen X adapted? They sleep less for starters. The "sandwich" generation squeezed between aging... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Counterculture to KickStarter: The way we change the world has changed.

My Millennial daughter, Jean, is a ardent activist. Hunger has been one of her causes since she was a teen. One evening a few years ago I was eating dinner with a client. I have always been proud of Jean’s desire to make the world a better place, but I didn’t see her efforts in generational terms until a few weeks after the lettuce event. One afternoon when I dropped her off for an environmental protest, she was especially excited. As she got out of the car she... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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Marriage & the Generations: Change is constant, but so is love.

    Generation after generation, we fall in love.   But marriage, is another matter. Just as the generations run in cycles, so does the prevalence of marriage. The great constant is that we keep trying. The only constant is love.  Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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