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Gen X, The Forgotten Middle Child: Is it any wonder that our theme song is “Don’t You Forget About Me?”

September 9, 2019

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If you want to know how Gen X feels, look no further than a recent news segment. As CBSNLive reported on generations, their chart looked…well, wrong. Hmmm…what could be missing? Just Gen X. Forgotten. Again. That’s right; it often feels as if we don’t exist AT ALL. It is not uncommon in my workshops on […]

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What are the Different Generations in the Workplace? Your Definitive Guide

May 16, 2017

When we talk about generational differences, it’s easy to fall into overly generalized stereotypes: Baby Boomers are responsible. (Funny, they used to be called the “Me Generation.”) Millennials are slackers. (Wait, wasn’t that Gen X?) Gen Xers are neglected middle children. (Paging Jan Brady.) Gen Zs march to their own drum. (Like…every generation before them?) […]

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Confessions of a Gen X Manager

February 16, 2016

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Lately at speaking events I’ve been hearing some complaints from Millennials about their Gen X bosses. Because Gen Xers are only a few years older than Millennials, the younger group is often surprised that members of the older cohort — my contemporaries — aren’t always as supportive and attentive as millennials might want or expect. […]

Confessions of a Gen X Manager

Millennial Question: Why Does Gen X Love Email?

June 23, 2015

“You’ve got mail!” Ah, the days when the ding of a new message was exciting rather than annoying. With all the apps and productivity tools designed to help us manage our email and all the effort many devote to achieving “Inbox Zero,” it’s hard for millennials — and many others — to believe that Gen […]

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Millennial Question: Why Does Gen X Love Email?

The End of Voice Mail and the Future of Work

January 13, 2015

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I recently led two corporate training sessions for millennial professionals struggling to engage with their Gen X and baby boomer colleagues. While we discussed several macro issues – such as the millennials’ desire for more feedback and training – we also dealt with some of the small issues that cause friction between the generations. The […]

Generation vs. Generation: How Can We All Get Along at Work?

October 14, 2014

You probably just think of yourself as you, not part of a massive demographic group. But seeing yourself as a member of a generation is valuable, because it can help explain why your motivations, preferences and work style may seem different from those of your colleagues. Below is a quick primer on each of the […]

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Generation vs. Generation: How Can We All Get Along at Work?

Are Millennials Really That Different from Other Generations in Today’s Workplace?

June 3, 2014

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One of the questions I hear most often when I give presentations on managing generational differences in the workplace is: Are Millennials really that different from previous generations entering the workplace? In other words, haven’t older employees been bemoaning “kids today” for generations? My answer: Yes. And no. Yes, managers have always worried about their […]

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When Millennial Women Make More Money: An Interview with Farnoosh Torabi

May 27, 2014

Farnoosh Torabi is a personal finance expert, author, TV personality, and sought-after speaker whose mission is to help people take control of their finances so they can live their richest, happiest lives. She is a contributing editor at MoneyMagazine and frequent contributor to DailyWorth, Yahoo! and The Today Show. Her latest book is “When She […]

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