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Using Generational Savvy™ to Impact the Bottom Line

Generational misunderstandings and friction can send human capital costs spiraling dramatically upward. So before you jump into the multi-generational traffic flow and get hit or cause an accident, you need to look both ways.

To make exciting futures possible, the focus should not be on our differences, clash points, or collisions, but rather on understanding the different generations’ connecting points and common ground. The challenge is to shift our differences from causing problems into creating opportunities. Powerfully working with each generation in a way that empowers and inspires its members is critical to your success. If you already know and implement such practices, you still may want to introduce such ideas to a colleague or manager who has a tendency to say such things as:

• If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
• They just need to learn the way we do things here.
• We will allow Facebook in the workplace over my dead body.
• They should be happy to have a job and stop whining.
Generational missteps often result in a loss of community and belief in the organization’s vision, mission, and leadership. By recognizing what causes friction points and misunderstandings, we can significantly reduce costs including:

• Reduced profitability
• Loss of valuable employees
• High turnover costs and losses
• Wasted human potential
• Poor customer service
• Derailed careers
• Health issues caused by stress
In order to remain relevant and maintain a leading edge in today’s marketplace, we must start by seeking to improve our inter-generational effectiveness. When properly applied, the elements of Generational CODES allow us to integrate each generation’s formative experiences, events, and leaders with the social moods and natural life phases, which in turn, shape each generation and influence every aspect of that generation’s professional and personal life choices.
When properly [thoughtfully, carefully, intelligently] applied…Generational CODES can help us to:

• Understand better the actions and motivations of others.
• Understand what others are trying to tell us.
• Help us be effective in getting our ideas across to them.
• Help others achieve their own goals and fullest potential.
• Mold a true team out of diverse individuals from different generations.
• Improve the bottom line.
It’s all about how the members of different generations see the world through their generational lenses, their Generational CODES. True power becomes available when we have mastery in realizing how the paradigms and beliefs in our own CODES can actually create barriers and obstacles in supporting and advancing a fulfilling exciting future for our company, community, technology, and family.

I hope that this insight allows you to increase profits and productivity within your organization. The more we understand each other’s Generational CODES, the more successful we all will be.

What does it mean to “Mentor Up?”

It’s easy to think that people younger than you don’t have enough knowledge to understand the “complexities” the way you do, and that may be true to a point. However, leaders today are missing a key opportunity to capture both the creativity and loyalty of young people by not giving them an opportunity to “Mentor-Up.” TheContinue Reading

No jerks allowed!

With a “No Jerks Policy,” the core practice at these companies is “Be a JERK and you are gone.” Xers (and Millennials too) believe that life is too short to work with jerks. It takes courage to let them go, but Xers will respect and be loyal to leaders with the chutzpa to take courageous action. Letting a toxic teamContinue Reading

“One size fits all” is OVER.

This may come as a shock to those of you that worked your way up the old-fashioned way, but the one size-fits-all career ladder has run its course. Today’s knowledgeable worker is looking to begin a dialogue from Day One/Interview One about the options, avenues, and possibilities he can explore and experience during his tenure at your organization.Continue Reading

What happened to ‘Do What You Love?’

Millennials grew up hearing, “Do what you love and love what you do.” When Millenials enter the workforce they expect immediately to be part of the cool action. From day one, they want to like where they work and the people with whom they work. If they don’t, during the day they will go ontoContinue Reading

Recruiting-Who’s Interviewing Whom?

The vetting process of top talent to choose whom to work for today is a two-way street. Top talent is pro-actively searching out what your company says it is committed to, but even more importantly, how you are fulfilling your promise today. Gone are the interviews where the recruiter or manager has the exclusive upperContinue Reading