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

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Amy Lynch

Generations Expert + Idea Warrior + Entrepreneur

Category: Generational Intelligence

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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... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, January 5, 2017
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Managing with Generational Intelligence: A Story

Karen managed a team of Millennials, and she was confused by the way they worked. “They were never at their desks,” she recalls, and they were always working with headphones on.” Then there was social media. “If I walked up and Pinterest was on their screen, they wouldn’t even be embarrassed about it!” So Karen told the team what she expected—that they work from their desks, and no social media of any kind. Before long, turnover spiked and... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, October 13, 2016
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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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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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Gen Z Kids Are Like Their Great-Grandparents. Here's Why.

Alas, it’s the Millennials’ turn to feel old. Gen Z (also called Homelanders or GenEdge) is coming of age. The oldest Zs turn 22 this year.  They are the newest employees and interns in your company and the youngest people who buy what you sell. Zs are the kids in your house, teens at the mall, students in our classrooms, your nieces, nephews, and grandkids. Here’s the surprise. Gen Z shares generational DNA with their grandparents and... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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Managing Millennials who just don't get 'On the Clock'

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Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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Which Generation Are You REALLY at Work?

Sure, you were born into a generation. But then you went to work and encountered a culture shaped by generations before you. Company culture reflects the people who founded and grew the place. In order to succeed, you may have adopted ways of doing business from an earlier era.  Maybe you're a surreptitious Silent. Or not. In fact, if you’re curious, far-sighted or just plain rebellious, you may behave like a generation younger than you age... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, June 24, 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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When Fish See the Water

“I’m having an ah-ha moment,” the Gen X manager said. Everyone in the conference room turned her way. She indicated a Boomer sitting nearby. “You think I don’t hear you.” The Boomer nodded. “It seems to me that you focus on the technology and lose the content.” The room was quiet. Something important had begun.   In my work, I think of these as moments when the fish sees the water.   Bear with me here. In this... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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Managing Millennials: Amy Lynch talks with Entrepreneur Magazine

Generations expert Amy Lynch  knows why older leaders fail to connect with Millennials. "I get it," she says. "Leading Millennials doesn't come naturally for Boomers. It means breaking out of the top-down mold and becoming collaborative. It means learning to say " Here's what we have to do. Now, talk to me. How shall we get it done?"   Fortunately, most Boomers are getting the hang ot it. And, at the same time, Millennials make... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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