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Why Millennials’ parents will stay involved – and why that’s good


Here’s an excerpt from my latest column in the Huffington Post:

In the workshops I teach on generational differences, nothing stirs up more disdain than helicopter parents. We have all seen those parents who constantly hover over their child and then jump to rescue them when a soccer coach doesn’t play them enough or a teacher gives their report a “C” grade. We can tell which science fair projects the parents did for their kids. And don’t get me started on how difficult it is to explain to your Cub Scout why they have to build their Pine Wood Derby car even if they lose against laser cut, professionally-painted versions done by a dad.

Helicopter parents don’t stop when their Millennial child gets a job…. I’m not a fan of helicopter parents, but… the new normal that I tell my clients they need to get used to [is] the involved or “engaged” parent….

There’s a big difference between helicopter parents or what my clients sometimes call “overly involved” parents, and the typical involved parents….

[T]o the generations who couldn’t ask their parents for guidance, Millennials seem coddled by today’s parents who talk to them about everything. But most are not coddled, they are coached. Coached by Baby Boomers and Gen Xers who have the relevant experience to help them avoid unnecessary mistakes or hassles. We can deal with generational differences more effectively if we understand that Millennials are the product of the most educated parents in history….

Read my entire column here.

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FREE webcast: How to get the generations working together

1268064685901_amanet_logoI’m really excited to be invited by American Management Association to deliver their weekly webinar this Wednesday, January 22. If you or someone you work with could benefit from an overview of my new Sticking Points book, this is a great place to get it. Plus, I’ll be answering questions for the final ten minutes, so think of some that really impact you or your organization.

Here’s what it’s about….

With four generations in the workforce today who think, vote, buy, and dress differently, tensions are inevitable but problems are avoidable.

Different issues (work ethic, dress code, communication tools, fun at work, etc.) can either create real problems for organizations, or they can provide opportunities to bring the generations together. What worked in the past doesn’t work now. Don’t get stuck on the sticking points!

My American Management Association (AMA) webcast on January 22, 2014 will show you how get the four generations working together:

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern
Meeting Number: 17831-00001

This webcast is FREE, but registration is required, so sign-up for your free MyAMA account now or call 1-800-262-9699.

In the webcast, you’ll learn:

  • The most important stereotype-busting “ghost stories” that explain why each generation thinks the way they do
  • The 12 most frequent generational tensions and what organizations are doing about them
  • A proven 5-step process that gets the generations figuring out for themselves how to work through sticking points and get more done together

This program is full of laughter and insight. Come and see yourself, your customers, your people, and your future and walk away with practical ideas and plans for increasing your ability to get things done across the generations.

Again, while attending this program is FREE, reservations are required.

Looking forward to our time together on January 22!

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Video: Generational Myth #2 – Boomers will retire

How are the Baby Boomers reshaping the idea of retirement?

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