Want to attract and retain top female Xer talent? Walk the walk.

Want to attract and retain top female Xer talent? Walk the walk.

Posted On April 29, 2014

While Xers are growing in leadership ranks throughout corporate America, in many cases the leadership tone and corporate culture is still set by Boomers.  They are either still at the helm, or their values have so permeated the leadership circles that the generational norms of younger leaders have not yet sunk in.  At the same time, businesses are realizing that each generation is different and they may need to engage different generations of employees in different ways.  I’ve spent the past 15 years talking to companies about just that.  But talking and doing are two separate things – and that… Read More

Categories: Blog, Generation X, Women, Workplace

Adultolescence and KGOY – what’s at risk?

Posted On April 24, 2014

I’ve talked here fairly frequently about the trend toward extended adolescence – younger generations holding off on typical adult milestones such as getting married, having children, and even moving out of their parents’ homes. There is a flip side to this, known as KGOY (kids getting older younger), where today’s children are entering into adolescence at younger and younger ages.  Nine-, ten- and eleven-year-old children are now “tweens” interested in and exhibiting more behaviors that are typically considered teenaged than child-like.  With the entrance and exit of adolescence being pushed earlier and alter, adolescence itself is getting stretched.  That is,… Read More

Categories: Blog, Generation Y / Millennials, Training Industry, Work, Workplace

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights…

Posted On April 22, 2014

Sorry for the Muppets earworm, Xers – it was either that or Sesame Street’s “Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away…” And now they are both stuck in your head, aren’t they?  Me too, thanks to a great read from Salon.com. In her article, Millennials just don’t get it! How the Muppets created Generation X, Elizabeth Hyde Stevens takes Xers on a tour back in time, uncovers tons of subtle (and not so subtle) influences Jim Henson has had on the entire psyche of 70s and 80s kids, and brings it all home with connections to today’s business and media legends…. Read More

Categories: Advertising, Blog, Generation X

Gen X and retirement: A case of cognitive dissonance?

Posted On April 17, 2014

The Insured Retirement Institute recently released a study, “The Retirement Readiness of Generation X” which outlines the financial security, or lack thereof, that Generation X expects in their retirement years.  The study reinforces how the Great Recession hit Gen X hard at a moment when their financial stories would typically have been on an upswing.  What I found most interesting about this piece, however, was that the survey results paint the picture of a very conflicted generation – one that believes one way, but whose actions are in complete contradiction of that belief.  These three statistics in particular, presented in… Read More

Categories: Blog, Financial Services, Generation X, Retirement

Game on: How one generation is changing the face of business

Posted On April 15, 2014

This is fascinating. We all know that technology has drastically impacted the daily workings of the business world. And we know the stereotype of today’s youth walking around with faces and fingers glued to some kind of mobile device or game system. Businesses are taking note. According to Gartner, by the end of this year (2014), a full 70 percent of Forbes global 2000 will be using some sort of gamification (an app or other software that uses game theory to influence behavior). This is up from only 20 percent in 2012 – a significant change in two short years…. Read More

Categories: Blog, Generation Y / Millennials, Training Industry, Work, Workplace

Are millennial women more optimistic about their career prospects?

Posted On April 10, 2014

Possibly not. While my work focuses primarily on generational differences, not gender one, this Chicago Business story about getting more women into the c-suite piqued my interest. Would the optimistic nature of the Millenial generation translate to greater belief in their ability to break the glass ceiling?  According to a Pew Research study cited in the article, 62 percent of Millennial women surveyed assumed that having children would make it harder to advance in their careers. Seems the times are not changing as much as many had hoped. Yet, I can’t help but think that while Millennial women may not… Read More

Categories: Blog, Generation Y / Millennials, Women, Workplace

Statistics can prove almost anything

Posted On April 8, 2014

In fact, some researchers used statistics to prove that theory a few years ago. Generational behaviors are no different. One poll says that Gen X is the most optimistic it has ever been. Another says it has the most financial stress of all the generations. Another says, no, Boomers are the ones who are facing financial crisis. All the while Boomers are lauded as the having most of the nation’s buying power. If you want to take a position on the generations, you can find a study that will back you up. But that’s what makes it interesting…how do you… Read More

Categories: Blog, Generations