Leadership: Do You See a Generation Gap or an Intersection?
Every day I hear leaders talk about the generation gap in the workplace. I read about it blogs. My reaction is, it’s an intersection — not a gap!
When the leadership in an organization see and focus on the differences, they widen the gap. When the leadership see the possibilities at the intersection of talents, the gap narrows and even disappears.
Leadership: Find the Generation Intersections!
Gaps among diverse people are temporary not permanent. Consider how many times gaps have faded into sudden connection and teamwork in everyday life …
- Disparate groups — even mistrustful factions — who pull together in a major crisis to save lives
- Prospects who don’t want to talk to a sales person — until the sales rep finds the common ground
- Private venture capitalists who embrace very young entrepreneurs when high potential and profit is staring them in the face
- Very young entrepreneurs who truly welcome older experienced investors and advisers to increase success
Everyone Has a Story
We’ve all seen grandparents captivate their grandchildren with stories of the past. My young niece, when hearing me tell funny stories about relatives she never knew, blurted out “tell more stories!” This was after a long holiday meal where she was the only child at the table. You would think she would have been bored. No! She wanted to connect/intersect with generations she never knew.
What common elements turn the generation gap into an intersection?
- Positive, fun, upbeat, hopeful moments
- Possibilities and abundance for everyone not exclusions and shortage of opportunities
- Mutual gain from respecting diverse talents and views
- Higher calling or need as in a crisis
What can leadership do to create these intersections?
- Create positive opportunities for the generations to intersect.
- Highlight the abundance of success that awaits instead of the tough times and narrowing opportunities.
- Team build with employees’ stories. The generations intersect as they see common human needs and responses emerge and merge.
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Leaders, help the generations to intersect. The time is now. I have many team building programs to make this happen. Let’s do it!
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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