Life's greatest secret was randomly dropped in my lap and left for me to process as a young teenager. Was it respect? Was my grandma wanting me to honor my elders?
"We love to slice and dice (the generations) and play the name game. But there are some things the generations have in common."
We HATE the word "millennial" and the stereotypical box it puts us in. Calling us "millennials" is like calling us walking cliches.
Generational diversity? Generational competence? The amount of information in the media around managing a "multigenerational workforce" has yielded a steady flow of research and surveys.
Character-building is the foundation of any great career and we must sometimes endure tough challenges to earn the stripes that will lead us to advancement. At the risk of sounding a bit soap-boxy, I feel that it should not fall totally upon older generations to embrace and cater to the whims of younger generations.
Imagine a world in which everyone is issued a pair of glasses at birth.
The people at the event were asked to share some of their concerns regarding the challenges of being grandparents. One of the primary topics was the issue of respect and attention that is given to the older generation now as compared to when we were children.
Almost half (47 percent) of Baby Boomers rise before 6 a.m. and the very first thing most of them (73 percent) do is check
What I miss the most about my childhood has nothing to do with the involvement or lack thereof of my parents, but of what technology has taken from us.
13) "Cliff diving on 'Wide World Of Sports'," said Nancy Mesek. 28) "Party lines," said Diane Kohne Bellard. 23) "No answering
The jury is still out on whether narcissism has in fact grown from one generation to the next. Frankly, it's hard to make any valid, reliable statements about what millions of people who happened to born in the same two decades have in common.
I have been greatly disturbed recently by the increasing number of articles I have read promoting the myth that older Americans are committing 'generational theft' in plain sight of their own children and grandchildren.
Having cash on you, I was taught, was protection against the unknown. It was your 'just in case' armor. No one ever said what 'just in case' could possibly be, and like all good imaginations run amok, my 'just in case' mental reel was filled with blood and guts and my body being dumped in the woods on the outside of town.
When it came to the fore that one of our colleagues had a "better" lifestyle than the rest of us, for about the same pay, it was interesting to watch everyone's behavior on the table: "Are there more openings in your company?"
Just because we don't have the exact same mindset as (the majority) of your generation doesn't mean that we won't get things done. It means we seek for a different way.
Perhaps there is no more hard work for my children to do, but to work hard will never fail them.
Dear generations above us, we'd like to acknowledge that you all had your fair share of challenges and massive cultural shifts. That being said, we're still special.
Are we in fact dreaming, or finding ways to discount and distort what this younger set is saying over and over? They are clearly angry, and it might benefit us all if we took some time to just listen more carefully.