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September 2010 Vol 2 Issue 9
The Next Generation
Most students entering college for the first time this fall-the Class of 2014-were born in 1992. For these students, Benny Hill, Sam Kinison, Sam Walton, Bert Parks, and Tony Perkins have always been dead. Each year, Beloit College puts together a list of "cultural touchstones" that affect the lives of students entering college in 2010. The faculty uses it as a reminder to be aware of dated references. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Few in the class know how to write in cursive.

2. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.

3. Al Gore has always been animated.

4. "Caramel macchiato" and "venti half-caf vanilla latte" have always been street corner lingo.

5. With increasing numbers of ramps, Braille signs, and handicapped parking spaces, the world has always been trying harder to accommodate people with disabilities.

6. John McEnroe has never played professional tennis.

7. Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.

8. Doctor Kevorkian has never been licensed to practice medicine.

9. Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.

10. They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.

11. Leasing has always allowed the folks to upgrade their tastes in cars.

12. Unless they found one in their grandparents' closet, they have never seen a carousel of Kodachrome slides.

13. Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.

14. Czechoslovakia has never existed.

15. Second-hand smoke has always been an official carcinogen.

16. J.R. Ewing has always been dead and gone. Hasn't he?

17. Rock bands have always played at presidential inaugural parties.

18. Beethoven has always been a good name for a dog.

19. Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.

20. They've always been able to blast off with the Sci-Fi (SYFY) Channel.

 Are you guilty of being "dated" in your dealings with the younger generation? These folks will soon hit the workforce so be aware of language you may want to change.

You can view the complete list at www.beloit.edu/mindset.
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Are you a product of your past when it comes to bridging the "Generation Gap?"

There has been a great deal of discussion as it relates to the generational divide, particularly Gen X/Gen Y. How does an organization measure up? How do its leaders measure up? What challenges does an organization and its leadership experience as they relate to multi-generational issues?

As a leader, consider exploring how you and your organization define this divide. Then explore how it might be affecting you now and in the future in terms of customers, hiring and sales.  Then talk about some possible action steps that will enhance the cooperation and communication of staff and protect the longevity of an organization.  

If you aren't sure how to approach this consider contacting LBD about facilitating a workshop for your leadership team on "Bridging the Generation Gap."


John Branstad
John Branstad

Quote of the Month

"Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something that must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best will breed temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, contentment and a hundred other virtues which the idle will never know."

 Charles Kingsley

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