Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Generations really do not think the same way from one to the next. Each generation has a different set of expectations and preferences with regards to how they communicate, how they want to be managed, what they are looking for in their job and how they approach their work.
By now you have probably read something about the different generations. Perhaps you even attended a seminar or workshop. Fortunately, you can learn to leverage the strengths of each generation in your company to excel in business and exceed expectations.
Simply put, today's leaders will need to adapt to the multi-generational workforce. Rather than concentrating on problem areas, focusing on the unique strengths between the generations will allow you to connect with employees in an entirely new and productive way. As always, leaders need to respect all employees, providing everyone with equal opportunities and recognize both ability and accomplishment. Yet, leaders should be treating the generations differently. One of the primary tasks as a leader is to inspire and motivate the people who work for them. Their approach, communication style and personal interactions should flex depending on whom they are addressing.
Whether you are the CEO, an executive, a manager or a supervisor, you can utilize simple strategies to lead your multigenerational workforce. Here are the six strategies that I provide in my book GENerate Performance: Unleashing the Power of a Multigenerational Workforce.
Strategy #1: Celebrate Differences
Strategy #2: Invest Time
Strategy #3: Leverage Strengths
Strategy #4: Show Respect
Strategy #5: Pay Attention
Strategy #6: Embrace Change
These strategies are simple yet critical and often times overlooked. Try using them on a consistent basis and you will be amazed at the impact you can have on others.
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K HR Solutions President Kim Huggins helps transform individuals and corporate work groups into effective leaders and results-oriented teams. Kim’s thought-provoking services and programs are custom-designed to meet your needs. Kim is also a nationally recognized trainer and speaker on the topic of Understanding Generations.