Monday, February 9, 2009

Join the Conversation

My favorite authors on generational issues are Strauss and Howe, and part of their theory about generations is that they flow in four-generation cycles. Within each cycle there are two "dominant" generations and two "recessive." Of the four generations in today's workforce (Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials), it is the Boomers and the Millennials who are the "dominant" ones. They also happen to be the two largest generations in American history, hence the "hourglass" metaphor in this blog. 

That's also why as two Gen Xers, we wanted to write this blog. I have learned that being part of a "recessive" generation you don't always get the attention. The "silent" generation  learned early on growing up during the depression and World War Two not to complain or buck the system. Generation X wasn't too quiet, per se, but we are quite small (which limits our voice) and as Jeff Gordinier said in a video I saw, "They have in impact, without needing to have a parade about it."

Quiet or not, however, we do have a voice. And we are interested in how leadership is evolving along with the major generational shift that is happening. As Eric pointed out, we want to start a dialogue about this topic, and we don't want to be the only ones talking. Like any blog, we welcome comments on what we talk about here, and if you want to do a guest post, let us know. Please join the conversation and help us shape the dialogue. 

2 comments:

Jeff De Cagna said...

Jamie and Eric, congrats on the new blog. I look forward to reading your thoughts on generational issues.

Your readers may be interested in the recent podcast interview I did with Jeff Gordinier. It can be found at http://tinyurl.com/awyf9h. Congratulations again!

Stephen said...

Very interesting subject and timely for me as I age (I guess I can't stop that one) and the work force around me gets younger (how do they do that?).

As a technology professional I can already see the changes in mindsets and expectations within the work environment. How I cope and deal with those in the manner that is best for the government I work for will be the challenge.

-Stephen

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