The Generational Divide

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I had an interesting experience at work the other day.

There is a young man that is trying to find another contract extension or permanent position with our organization.

What’s interesting is the different approaches.  He came to me asking for advice.  This is the same person who just recently made me very aware of different aspects of online social networking.

Being in the 5o something group, I’m used to one on one, face to face communication and don’t really appreciate electronic communication when it regards something important.  He on the other hand, is a 20 something.  They are very used to using social media for their networking and communication.

As my generation matures into positions of authority, we need to take the time to understand  how the younger generation communicates and at the same time teach them how to talk to us.  We accuse them of losing networking skills because of social media and yet who is teaching them?  They are left to their own devices and use what they know.  Is that their fault?

Because of earlier discussions with this young man, I was able to solve a problem for a friend of mine.  She needed an old technology to be able to capture an important video and we couldn’t find what we needed.  As a result of the earlier conversation with my co-worker about social media, I decided to post my need on a social media site.  Within two hours I had a response from someone I hadn’t talked to in 25 years.

The next day I had the device I needed and as a bonus, had reconnected with an old acquaintance that had at one time been very close to the family.  All because I learned a new trick from a “kid”.

Keep an open mind and learn by teaching!  It will make the world a better place for all of us.

Barry

P.S.  What am I thankful for today?

I’m thankful for our youth and their fresh ideas.  I’m thankful that I’ve met some wonderful people at work.  I’m thankful for any opportunity to learn.

What are you thankful for today?

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