by Caroline | Jun 18, 2013 | appreciating difference, Difference, generations at work, judging difference, Leveraging Difference, leveraging differences, Masculine Feminine Difference, understanding difference |
Differences can be the source of judgment and tension. Understanding can lower judgment and enable appreciation and leveraging. The sequence is: awareness, understanding, appreciation, leveraging. If we can understand and appreciate masculine-feminine differences, we gain insights and skills that enable us to appreciate and leverage all kinds of differences.
by Caroline | Jun 11, 2013 | Difference, Diversity and engagement, generations at work, Generations at work, Leveraging Difference, leveraging differences |
Recent discussions on the “Millennials” (Generation Y) focus on (negative) stereotypes and on similarities. An HBR blog says we exaggerate differences and should focus on similarities. I agree that we exaggerate differences but do not think the solution is in ignoring them. We can be “generation blind” no more than we can be “color blind” in dealing with racial differences. Recognizing differences enables us to see strengths and to leverage differences.
by Caroline | May 21, 2013 | generations at work, Generations at work, inter-generational teams, parenting and generational differences, understanding difference |
To reduce judgment about other generations, it helps to understand them — and why members of that generation are different from members of our own. One important factor in shaping generations is how they were parented during their formative years. GenXers are independent and self-directed and want “life/work balance” because their parents were workaholic Baby Boomers and they grew up in two-career families or families of divorce. Millennials are confident, but more dependent on advice and praise, because their parents protected and praised them.
by Caroline | Feb 1, 2011 | Difference, Generations at work | Send to KindleWhen I do workshops on the four generations in today’s workplace, I begin by creating a common understanding of each of the generations—using generalizations that describe the prototypical Traditional, Baby Boomer, Gen X’r and Millennial. Two metaphors...