803-It Goes Both Ways

Episode: 803

Episode Title: It Goes Both Ways 


As older-generation bosses, we have a lot to teach our younger coworkers. But we have to remember: it works both ways. More on that, next on The Perna Syndicate.


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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—welcome! If you’ve ever found yourself at odds with an older or younger coworker, generational differences may be playing a role in the argument. Instead of pulling away from the source of conflict, I’d like to suggest a different approach: lean in. 


Generational differences are more pervasive than we might think, as a recent study by Deloitte Digital has pointed out. Even in seemingly benign areas, like how people want to be recognized and rewarded, there can be significant differences based on the individual’s generation.


That’s why I think we need to lean into these differences and find ways to understand one another. Mentoring relationships are great for this, as long as we remember that they always work both ways.


Whenever I have mentored someone in my professional life, I have always found myself learning more than they probably did. There’s so much talent and creativity and passion in young people, and I can learn from that. Maybe you can, too. 


Mentoring goes both ways and while those of us in older generations can share our hard-earned wisdom and experience, our younger-gen coworkers can bring a fresh perspective to the challenges we deal with every day. 


We’re different, and that’s a good thing. If we can lean into those differences instead of pulling away, we can start bridging the gaps that divide us. 


Next time on The Perna Syndicate: Another way to capitalize on different generational strengths is to create solutions together. Join me tomorrow for what that means…we’ll see you then!

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