Let’s Stop All This Craziness About Generational Differences

You’ve probably heard of the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. I had one of those moments the other day. I read one too many posts about Millennials.

In general, I think that focusing on differences – age, gender, race – is a counterproductive way to go about building relationships. We are all human, and therefore more similar than different. I’m a boomer – born in 1950, right smack dab in the middle of the baby boom. I remember what older generations said about us – entitled, don’t want to pay our dues, high maintenance, want special handholding, not willing to stick with one job, too idealistic, narcissistic, spoiled.

And check this out.  Socrates, who died in 399 BC, is reputed to have said, “The children now love luxury.  They have bad manners, contempt for authority.  They show disrespect for elders and chatter in place of exercise.”

Sound familiar millennials?  I’ve bet you’ve heard these stereotypes a time or two.

Way back in 1965 — 50 years ago, The Who nailed it with their song “My Generation.” You can listen to it and see the lyrics here.

My point in all this simple. Yes. each generation is unique, but not all that different from those who have come before.  Instead of focusing on differences, let’s focus on understanding one another. The best way to do this is to listen for the feelings and sentiments behind what others say. Ask questions when you don’t understand. Don’t assume that others understand your intent – or that you understand theirs for that matter.

Let’s focus on building strong, mutually beneficial relationships with others, regardless of how similar or different they are from us.

That’s my rant on generational differences. What do you think? I’d love to see your thoughts and comments on this post.

Your career mentor,


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