Millennial – Baby Boomer – Generation X, Y, Z – Oh, my!
It seems that almost everything we do these days is lumped into a generational category. Oh, your generation handles things so differently. We use titles and tags as an excuse as to why, or why not, something is the way it is. Yes, categories are great, but what about the gray areas? Then what? I appreciate that we all come from different times and ways, but it is time to bridge these gaps.
Among a number of articles outlining the differences between generations, explaining the tensions and misunderstandings, I was pleasantly surprised to find an article on Forbes.com that does just the opposite. Rose Jacobs explains how our various differences complement one another. Imagine the power of cross-generational collaborations.
Stop avoiding the merge. Take the tech-savvy, energetic, socially and civically engaged younger crew and intertwine them with a lifetime of personal and business experiences from the other team members. The result will be a force to be reckoned with, both inside and outside of the office.
I know that I would not be where I am today without the valuable lessons learned from seasoned professionals. From job skills to personal networks, collaboration leads to a wealth of knowledge being shared from all perspectives.
We hear and read a wealth of information day in and day out, but what we often forget to do is to listen. In music, I am often told to listen across the ensemble – no one part is more important than the whole. Isn’t that true in every setting? The most sustainable success is created when skills and passions unite.
Bridging differences and highlighting similarities may lead to the discovery of a fresh approach and a new generation of skills. The next time you are faced with a problem, take the time to solve it with help from a variety of perspectives. The result will likely be much more powerful and rewarding.