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Leadership and the Inter-Generational Divide: 12 Tips for Gens X and Y

by Jim Taggart February 10, 2013



Last week I released the 2nd edition of my new e-book Leadership and the Inter-Generational Divide: Issues, Trends and Solutions.

Today I’m highlighting one section that appears towards the end of the e-book. It’s intended to address the challenges that Gen Y is facing in a turbulent economy.

Here are 12 tips aimed at helping Gen Y adapt to a tough labor market. Many of these tips are relevant to Gen X, in regard to how they develop their careers and assume greater leadership responsibilities.

1) Realize that this economic mess is not your fault…but don’t get a chip on your shoulder over it either.

2) Own your morale and attitude on how you perceive the world.

3) Never stop learning. When you think you’ve had enough, find another area in which to learn something new. Read a book – don’t just web surf.

4) Follow Slava’s rule: have two trades or professions.

5) Working after high school or taking time off to work or travel during college may be a good idea, but it’s a personal decision. Only you can make the final decision once you’ve checked things out, including receiving constructive advice from family and friends. And tell your parents to chill out if they start to panic.

6) Make this time off a growth experience. Don’t rot at home or hang out with friends who are going nowhere.

7) Lower your material expectations.

8) Post-secondary education is usually a good thing, but take the time to assess your interests and passions against what college programs offer.

9) Remember, there will always be ‘unknowns’ of which you’re unaware. Never be a know-it-all. Be humble and curious.

10) Be open to outcome, not attached to it.

11) Create your future by seizing opportunities and then allowing Mr. Luck in.

12) Sacrifice. It’s the ONLY way to initiate personal change and to systematically make a long-term improvement in your economic wellbeing.

What tip would you share with Gen Y? Take a moment to leave a comment.

To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.
– Benjamin Disraeli

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