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Generational UFC

Posted in Career,Generation X,Generation Y,Leadership by treyfinley1008 on May 5, 2010
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Generational Battle Brews Over Gilded Baby-Boom Pensions | GOVERNING.

From the Life Course blog…this is a prime example of an opportunity for leaders to be mutually submissive rather than territorial and overly protective.  And that’s true for Gen X and Gen Y in this scenario as much as for Boomers.  The article is six months old, and it’s not new news, really.  Boomers make (or have made) a lot of money, Gen X and Gen Y are in a tough career and financial position, where will the retirement money be, etc., etc.

If you want to see generational dynamics in its rawest form, read through some of the comments on this post.  A skirmish in the “battle” the author refers to takes place in his own article.  Comments in political or financial articles aren’t exactly thoughtful debate, but the raw emotion displayed there is a fitting example of how, when generations disagree, listening goes straight out the window.

P.S.  Thanks to a blogging friend, junkdrawer67, for featuring my blog.

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  1. Yep–Gen X and Gen Y have the opportunity to re-write the book on loyalty to customers AND employees. Give me the chance to coach the decision-makers. That would be a core part of my message.

  2. sonnypi67 said,

    You’re welcome, Trey. I’m really enjoying your blog.

    In regards to your post: I’m not defender of Boomers but my understanding is that while some Boomers make (or have made) a lot of money, many don’t/haven’t. Many have failed to save for retirement, even though they had ample opportunity to do so, much better economic circumstances over the course of their lifetime compared to GenX and GenY/Millennials. I’ve little sympathy for people who have squandered their opportunities, even though I’ve been guilty of it myself from time to time. But it is a fact, and as a result many Boomers do NOT want to retire any sooner than they have to. Given that and their tendency to hold tight to the reigns of power and control GenX is going to continue butting its head against a Boomer-clogged ceiling. GenY too, of course, but they have more time, Not to mention Boomers tend to take to these youngsters better, as they are their children.


    • Your points are all true. It’s the world we’ve been handed, and there’s parts of it, economically and career-wise, that stink. Getting laid off sucks, and there’s no other word for it that does it justice. Call me naive, but when there is economic hardship in a country as wealthy as ours, it means someone up the line somewhere didn’t manage money well. He/she/they made decisions that protected themselves and left others to bear the brunt of that decision. Right now, that blame falls largely to Boomers, and Silents as well.

      Personally, I have too little sympathy for individuals who have squandered opportunities of any kind, and that’s a flaw in me. My question for myself is, what will generations behind me tell me I’ve squandered?

      Keep the comments coming. Imagine the conversation here being a little more civil than the one on the link in this article. 🙂

      • sonnypi67 said,

        If you ask me our whole system is based largely on looking out for one’s self and CYA. Let someone else take the fall, pay the bill, etc. And forget about anything like loyalty. People are too often treated like equipment and office supplies. What makes it worse are disingenuous assertions by corporations that “we’re a family” blah blah blah.

        I know it is true for some companies, but they are usually smaller. However, once any company grows to a certain size that attitude degrades pretty quickly, and ultimately disappears all together.


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