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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Want that Feedback Open-faced or Sandwiched?

    Last week I met with a video editor who had done some work for me. I started out with “This is great. I love the narrative you’ve created . . .” and so forth. Then I started on the list I’d made of the changes I wanted in the video. His face fell.  “Wait a minute,” he said. “You’re using that Generational Voodoo on me.” Busted. By praising him first and working on relationship before I... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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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... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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Gecko Glam

Geico routinely goes over the top with ad campaigns, but the most popular star is the urbane green gecko. He is the quintessential Gen Xer, exasperated yet amused by the world around him.  Xers are the CNN generation, the first to grow up with exhaustive, 24/7 coverage of scandals and blunders in every sector.   Tweet this. The Xer response was to grow droll, underwhelmed, ironic. Xer humor is restrained. Never the belly-laugh of the Boomer, but the amsued half-smile of... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Love a Brand? Bettcha Their Pitch is Generational

It pays, or in this case saves, to know your blind spots. In the Autumn. everything that will be remodeled next season is discounted. From swimsuits to cars, electronics, cookware, wine and bicycles, it’s the season to buy. With that in mind, consider your favorite brands. What are they? More importantly, how do they make you feel? Those feelings are no accident. Brands that win and keep us know us. They know our generation, not just marketing segmentation stats,... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Decide Already! Gens make decisions differently.

The room was packed with association leaders, all of them struggling to get their boards to work together. “Our board is made up of Gen Xers,” one woman said. “We get a lot done, but sometimes we lack vision.” From another table a man called out, “No problem. I’ve got some Boomers I’ll trade you for a couple of Xers!” The crowd laughed, but we all got the point. It takes both pragmatic, get-er-done Xers and principle-driven Boomers to... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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When Gens Clash

Most of us experience some level of generational tension or misunderstanding at work. In surveys, 90% of people of all generations say gen differences cause wasted time and lost productivity. 65% say generational conflict makes it hard to get their work done. About half of us feel others view our generation negatively.  Ouch! All these generational clashes have a high cost for us as individuals, as teams and as companies.  Fortunately, there are solutions. Generations... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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Gen X: The Tide Turns

An Xer friend recently sent me an article entitled  Why Gen X Can't Get Ahead at Work . "Hah!" he wrote, "Finally I find an article about what I have been saying and thinking!" The article was about Xers being squeezed between two massive generations—Boomers and Millennials.  I see it in my work. In some industries, Boomers are skipping Xers to recruit leaders from the Millenial bunch. That’s usually because Boomers think Xers are not... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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