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Presented ByCameron Kruger
www.drop.io/poweroffour
Overview1.) Examine the traits of each generation.2.) Assess our attitudes about other age groups.3.) Discuss intergenerat...
Ground RulesStereotypesA. Always NegativeB. GeneralizationsC. Usually AccurateD. Not Objectionable
Ground RulesPositive Stereotypes A. Are Good And Should Be Used B. Still Contain Inaccuracies C. Help Us Be Understood
Ground RulesSelf-fulfilling Prophecy A. When Stereotype Becomes Fact B. Guidelines For Behavior C. Knowing How You Will Tur...
Ground Rules                          Assumption is                          not a positive                          commu...
ProverbsSmall Group Activity- What do the proverbs say about thegeneration?- How do the proverbs reflect yourexperiences?- ...
Timeline                    Generation Timeline 1922-1945          1946-1964     1965-1980            1981-2000 Veterans, ...
The FourTraditionalistsBasics:- Born from 1922 – 1945- Ages 63 to 86 today- Defined by the Great Depression and WorldWar II
The FourTraditionalistsValues:- Believe in conformity, authority and rules- Very defined sense of right and wrong- Loyalty ...
The FourTraditionalistsAttributes:- Disciplined- Dislike conflict- Detail oriented
The FourTraditionalistsWork Styles:- Consistency and uniformity- Command-and-control leadership- Hierarchical organization...
The FourBaby BoomersBasics:- Born from 1946 - 1964- Ages 44 to 62 today- Defined by Civil Rights Movement,Women’s Movement,...
The FourBaby BoomersValues:- Prosperity- Ownership- Self-actualizing
The FourBaby BoomersAttributes:- Goal-oriented- Focus on individual choices and freedom- Positive attitude
The FourBaby BoomersWork Styles:- Coined “team-building”- Seek collaborative, group decision making- Live to Work, until R...
The FourGeneration XBasics:- Born from 1965 - 1980- Ages 28 to 43 today- Defined by Latchkey, Political Mistrust(Watergate,...
The FourGeneration XValues:- Contribution- Feedback and recognition- Autonomy
The FourGeneration XAttributes:- Adaptability- Independence- Creative thinking
The FourGeneration XWork Styles:- Work to live not live to work- Flexibility in work, life- Comfortable with authority but...
The FourGeneration YBasics:- Born from 1981 - 1994- Ages 14 to 27 today- Defined by 9/11, Columbine, Iraq War,Information Age
The FourGeneration YValues:- Self-expression is more importantthan self-control- Self Marketing- Respect must be earned; i...
The FourGeneration YAttributes:- Adapt rapidly, Create constantly- Committed and loyal when dedicated to anidea, cause or ...
The FourGeneration YWork Styles:- Want to effect change and make an impact,expect corporate social responsibility- Excepti...
The Four                   Work Ethic and ValuesTraditionalists    Baby Boomers      Generation X         Generation YHard...
The Four                                 WorkTraditionalists    Baby Boomers    Generation X        Generation YAn obligat...
The Four                    Communications StyleTraditionalists    Baby Boomers    Generation X         Generation YFormal...
In the Box Communication- Making assumptions orstereotyping.- Not communicating on same“channel”.- Using jargon or slang i...
In the Box Employee Loyalty- Not acknowledging individualmotivation.- Providing no recognition or thewrong kind.- Mission/...
In the Box Work Relationships- Environment does not assistrelationship building.- Meetings do not acknowledgediverse learn...
In the Box  Efficiency/Production- The right tools for the wrongpeople, the wrong tools for the rightpeople.- Work environm...
Truths     Fit the generations     together with…   Cameron’s    PositiveUniversal Truths
TruthsPositive Universals Find out whatmotivates them.
Truths  Positive UniversalsLearn their favored    work style.
Truths  Positive UniversalsRecognize them the way they want.
TruthsPositive UniversalsDiversify your work teams
Slang     Why is Slang important?- Sets apart each generation from their parents.- The “code” that makes a generation a cl...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…     hanging out and chatting?                       Adapted from...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…     hanging out and chatting?        Marinate                   ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…     hanging out and chatting?                       Adapted from...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…     hanging out and chatting?       Chill Out                   ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…     hanging out and chatting?                       Adapted from...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…     hanging out and chatting?     Hang Loose                    ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…     hanging out and chatting?                       Adapted from...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…     hanging out and chatting? Shoot the Breeze                  ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…  alone time with that special someone?                          ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…  alone time with that special someone?         Snogging         ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…  alone time with that special someone?                          ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…  alone time with that special someone?     Maul or Mash         ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…  alone time with that special someone?                          ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…  alone time with that special someone? Hooch up or Mug          ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…  alone time with that special someone?                          ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…  alone time with that special someone? Neck or Make-out         ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…  alone time with that special someone?                          ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…  alone time with that special someone? Cuddle or Spoon          ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…      lose control or go crazy?                         Adapted f...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…      lose control or go crazy?  Jump the Couch                  ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…      lose control or go crazy?                         Adapted f...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…      lose control or go crazy?         Wig Out                  ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…      lose control or go crazy?                         Adapted f...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…      lose control or go crazy?     Go Ballistic                 ...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…      lose control or go crazy?                         Adapted f...
SlangWhen you were in High School,     what did you call…      lose control or go crazy?    Flip Your Wig                 ...
ContactCameron Kruger  (218) 213-4500                     Consulting in…cckruger@gmail.com   • Technology                 ...
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The Power of Four: Intergenerational Communication for Work and Life

  1. 1. Presented ByCameron Kruger
  2. 2. www.drop.io/poweroffour
  3. 3. Overview1.) Examine the traits of each generation.2.) Assess our attitudes about other age groups.3.) Discuss intergenerational communication.4.) Leave with personal goals. Brainstorm What do you think people assume about your work style based on your age?
  4. 4. Ground RulesStereotypesA. Always NegativeB. GeneralizationsC. Usually AccurateD. Not Objectionable
  5. 5. Ground RulesPositive Stereotypes A. Are Good And Should Be Used B. Still Contain Inaccuracies C. Help Us Be Understood
  6. 6. Ground RulesSelf-fulfilling Prophecy A. When Stereotype Becomes Fact B. Guidelines For Behavior C. Knowing How You Will Turn Out
  7. 7. Ground Rules Assumption is not a positive communication tool.- Traits are generic and represent only the median.- Traits are meant to start the conversation.- Each of our experiences are unique and important.
  8. 8. ProverbsSmall Group Activity- What do the proverbs say about thegeneration?- How do the proverbs reflect yourexperiences?- Is there truth to the proverbs?
  9. 9. Timeline Generation Timeline 1922-1945 1946-1964 1965-1980 1981-2000 Veterans, Baby Boomers Generation X, Generation Y, Traditionalists The Slackers MillennialsHow do you the define generations? Depends on who you ask. Adapted from Fairleigh Dickinson University
  10. 10. The FourTraditionalistsBasics:- Born from 1922 – 1945- Ages 63 to 86 today- Defined by the Great Depression and WorldWar II
  11. 11. The FourTraditionalistsValues:- Believe in conformity, authority and rules- Very defined sense of right and wrong- Loyalty and respect for authority
  12. 12. The FourTraditionalistsAttributes:- Disciplined- Dislike conflict- Detail oriented
  13. 13. The FourTraditionalistsWork Styles:- Consistency and uniformity- Command-and-control leadership- Hierarchical organizational structures“These are the rules.”
  14. 14. The FourBaby BoomersBasics:- Born from 1946 - 1964- Ages 44 to 62 today- Defined by Civil Rights Movement,Women’s Movement, and the Vietnam War
  15. 15. The FourBaby BoomersValues:- Prosperity- Ownership- Self-actualizing
  16. 16. The FourBaby BoomersAttributes:- Goal-oriented- Focus on individual choices and freedom- Positive attitude
  17. 17. The FourBaby BoomersWork Styles:- Coined “team-building”- Seek collaborative, group decision making- Live to Work, until Retirement“Let’s talk about the rules.”
  18. 18. The FourGeneration XBasics:- Born from 1965 - 1980- Ages 28 to 43 today- Defined by Latchkey, Political Mistrust(Watergate, Iran-Contra), 80’sRecession
  19. 19. The FourGeneration XValues:- Contribution- Feedback and recognition- Autonomy
  20. 20. The FourGeneration XAttributes:- Adaptability- Independence- Creative thinking
  21. 21. The FourGeneration XWork Styles:- Work to live not live to work- Flexibility in work, life- Comfortable with authority but notimpressed with titles“Break all of the rules.”
  22. 22. The FourGeneration YBasics:- Born from 1981 - 1994- Ages 14 to 27 today- Defined by 9/11, Columbine, Iraq War,Information Age
  23. 23. The FourGeneration YValues:- Self-expression is more importantthan self-control- Self Marketing- Respect must be earned; it is not freelygranted based on age, authority or title
  24. 24. The FourGeneration YAttributes:- Adapt rapidly, Create constantly- Committed and loyal when dedicated to anidea, cause or product- Accept others of diverse backgrounds easilyand openly
  25. 25. The FourGeneration YWork Styles:- Want to effect change and make an impact,expect corporate social responsibility- Exceptional multi-taskers- Flexibility in work hours and dress code“Redefine the rules.”
  26. 26. The Four Work Ethic and ValuesTraditionalists Baby Boomers Generation X Generation YHard work Workaholics Eliminate the What’s next taskRespect Work efficiently Multitaskingauthority Self-reliance Crusading TenacitySacrifice causes Want structure Entrepreneurial and directionDuty before fun Personal Tolerant fulfillment SkepticalAdhere to rules Goal oriented Desire quality Adapted from Fairleigh Dickinson University
  27. 27. The Four WorkTraditionalists Baby Boomers Generation X Generation YAn obligation An exciting A challenge A means to an adventure end Leadership StyleTraditionalists Baby Boomers Generation X Generation YDirective Consensus Challenge Collaborative Others Adapted from Fairleigh Dickinson University
  28. 28. The Four Communications StyleTraditionalists Baby Boomers Generation X Generation YFormal In person Direct EmailMemo Meetings Immediate Voicemail Messages That MotivateTraditionalists Baby Boomers Generation X Generation YYour experience You are valued You can do it You will workis respected. and needed. your own way. with bright people. Adapted from Fairleigh Dickinson University
  29. 29. In the Box Communication- Making assumptions orstereotyping.- Not communicating on same“channel”.- Using jargon or slang incommunications.- Talking “over” or beingcondescending.
  30. 30. In the Box Employee Loyalty- Not acknowledging individualmotivation.- Providing no recognition or thewrong kind.- Mission/direction does not reflectvalues- A fact of a new generation.
  31. 31. In the Box Work Relationships- Environment does not assistrelationship building.- Meetings do not acknowledgediverse learning/work styles.- Managers are inaccessible.- An overactive rumor mill exists.
  32. 32. In the Box Efficiency/Production- The right tools for the wrongpeople, the wrong tools for the rightpeople.- Work environment distraction.- No positive feedback or coaching;recognition not timely.- Personality barriers with workingteam.
  33. 33. Truths Fit the generations together with… Cameron’s PositiveUniversal Truths
  34. 34. TruthsPositive Universals Find out whatmotivates them.
  35. 35. Truths Positive UniversalsLearn their favored work style.
  36. 36. Truths Positive UniversalsRecognize them the way they want.
  37. 37. TruthsPositive UniversalsDiversify your work teams
  38. 38. Slang Why is Slang important?- Sets apart each generation from their parents.- The “code” that makes a generation a club.- A youth lacking contemporary slang tends toretain the values of their parent’s generation. Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  39. 39. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… hanging out and chatting? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  40. 40. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… hanging out and chatting? Marinate Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  41. 41. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… hanging out and chatting? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  42. 42. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… hanging out and chatting? Chill Out Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  43. 43. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… hanging out and chatting? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  44. 44. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… hanging out and chatting? Hang Loose Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  45. 45. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… hanging out and chatting? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  46. 46. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… hanging out and chatting? Shoot the Breeze Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  47. 47. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… alone time with that special someone? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  48. 48. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… alone time with that special someone? Snogging Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  49. 49. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… alone time with that special someone? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  50. 50. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… alone time with that special someone? Maul or Mash Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  51. 51. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… alone time with that special someone? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  52. 52. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… alone time with that special someone? Hooch up or Mug Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  53. 53. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… alone time with that special someone? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  54. 54. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… alone time with that special someone? Neck or Make-out Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  55. 55. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… alone time with that special someone? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  56. 56. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… alone time with that special someone? Cuddle or Spoon Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  57. 57. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… lose control or go crazy? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  58. 58. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… lose control or go crazy? Jump the Couch Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  59. 59. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… lose control or go crazy? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  60. 60. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… lose control or go crazy? Wig Out Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  61. 61. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… lose control or go crazy? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  62. 62. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… lose control or go crazy? Go Ballistic Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  63. 63. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… lose control or go crazy? Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  64. 64. SlangWhen you were in High School, what did you call… lose control or go crazy? Flip Your Wig Adapted from alphadictionary.com
  65. 65. ContactCameron Kruger (218) 213-4500 Consulting in…cckruger@gmail.com • Technology • Service-Learning • Youth Leadershipwww.horizonnps.com • Program Management

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