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Amy Lynch

Generations Expert + Idea Warrior + Entrepreneur

Category: HR

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What's in a Name? Gen Edge

Move over Millennials. There's a new kid in town. Recently demographers and gen theorists documented a clear shift---distinct behaviors and attitudes that signaled the start of a new generation. Technology plays a role here. For people 19 and under, digital relationships and multi-tasking on five screens at once are the norm. In fact, many of them were read "Goodnight IPad" rather than "Goodnight Moon" at bedtime. Now the question -- what to... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, July 22, 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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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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Recruit Volunteers In A Gen Savvy Way

These days, it’s only natural that members and volunteers experience tension across generational lines. No two generations join in the same way, volunteer in the same way or donate for the same reasons.  Whether we’re talking about committee membership, an annual gala or serving on a board, reactions range from “can’t wait” to “what a chore.” Things we expect to be simple suddenly get complicated. Download the handout "Not... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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Gen Z: Your Interns Are Different This Year.

Meet your interns. They expect to work hard for success. They're realists, not optimists. They want to build things--like, with their hands . They're compliant rather than collaborative, and they focus on the future rather than expecting rewards today. This is GenEdge (also called Gen Z), and they are a big change from the Millennials who preceded them. If you haven't noticed differences yet, you soon will.  Born between 1995 and 2010,... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, April 29, 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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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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