Talkin’ ‘Bout Whose Generation?

Entrepreneurs know: To be succesful – i.e. functional and adaptive – leaders need to employ and inspire the insights and skills of people of various ages. At the same time, entrepreneurs know that while mixing people of different generations sparks creativity it also gives rise to some very real challenges.

We pick up this topic in our second interview with business coach Robin Kennedy in BusinessCast Podcast #80 – Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation.

Of course, business owners can lead and manage the mix of generations by better understanding how generations view their at-work and out-of-work lives. And three key resources that can help you successfully build upon your understanding include the following:

1. A Boomer’s Guide to Communication with Gen X and Gen Y. This Business Week article summarizes how these two generations approach items including: technology, compensation, collaboration, workplace gossip, attire, socializing and corporate loyalty.

2. If your business requires the energies of those who are currently graduating, review the recent Globe and Mail article, The Class of 2012: Mr. Google’s Children.

3. Finally, regardless of how broad the age range of people working at your company is, you can get a solid foundation on managing different generations by reviewing the American Management Association’s highly readable, “Generations at Work“. This has become a seminal piece that clearly and concisely explains the core values, assumptions and expectations of each of the current/evolving generations. To get you inspired, read Robert and my book review. Then, visit the authors’ site which provide some additional resources.

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Calgary Flames President & CEO Tells All

Well a few weeks ago, we sat down with former Calgary Flames President & CEO, Ron Bremner. The result: BusinessCast Podcast #71 – Part One of Hockey Lessons for Business. His insights and personality certainly sparked a lot of strong emotions.

The truth is that some people appreciated where Ron was coming from, the challenges he faced and his approach to tackling them. At the same time, others didn’t quite see eye-to-eye with Ron’s approach.

Well, Ron had some further business lessons and now they can be heard on BusinessCast Podcast #73 – Part Two of Hockey Lessons for Business.

You’re an entrepreneur so, listen to the shows – and you be the judge. Does Ron have it right? What’s your take?

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