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Amy Lynch

Generations Expert + Idea Warrior + Entrepreneur

Category: Leadership

Seeing "Shoulds." Step One in Gen IQ

Anytime we think some other generation should behave differently, work differently or think differently, we are probably identifying a knee-jerk generational assumption. Most shoulds are reflexive, simply the way our generation tends to think because of the times and the technology we grew up with. Do these sound familiar? Another generation shows up late to meetings. You think they should show up on time. And by 'on time' you mean 10 minutes before the meeting starts. Or,... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, May 24, 2018

Making Mentors of Us All

Here's a surprise. The fastest growing age group in the workforce these days is NOT Millennials, and it's not up-and-coming Gen Z. It’s people over 65. Bunches of Boomers Right now, never-retirees are increasing their numbers at work by 5% to 6% each year. So, do the math. How many Baby Boomers will be working side-by-side with young folks in your organization by 2024, when their growth will level off? Bunches. Fewer than a quarter of Americans over 65 can afford to retire. ... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Monday, April 30, 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

Feeling the Pressure as Generations Shift? A Quiz

Do you find yourself thinking  We must get younger faster, We are at a tipping point, or  We have to change in order to survive. These are the kinds of comments I hear from clients and audiences these days. And no wonder. In generational terms, we have entered a 4th Turning, when everything feels more urgent.   Once in a Lifetime Generational studies reveal that every 80 years or so we cycle through a period when change suddenly accelerates. The "... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Sunday, February 18, 2018

So, Where's the Wisdom?

Recently at a 4GenNow Conference, I heard Nick Titus, a 17-year-old company founder and CEO, say "If you will listent to me, then I will listen to you. But this has to go both ways."  Suddenly I had a lightbulb moment. For years I’ve shown the image above to audiences and asked, “Where is the information?” This gets people talking about top-down communication vs collaboration.  But as Titus spoke, I realized that I’v... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Friday, January 19, 2018

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

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

Is It Time to Manage Millennials Differently?

Want Loyalty? Manage Collaboratively. 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 unsuppo... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Thursday, April 7, 2016

Innovation: Part of the Job

No matter where you look, innovation is transforming old, overwhelmed systems. No industry is like it was 5 years ago. Online shopping disrupts store-front retail. Online degrees disrupt campus-based education. Newspapers are failing, and Twitter is growing. Entrepreneurs crowdsource their start-ups, seek gigs rather than careers, and use Uber rather than buy a cars.   No More Status Quo This fits with generational cycles. Every 80 years or so, we go through a period of massive di... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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. Boomers and Millenn... Read More
Posted by Amy Lynch at Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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