By Bruce Tulgan
The post-war "Baby Boomers" who ruled the place of work of the Eighties and Nineties are, in response to the writer, being changed by way of the disenfranchised underachievers dubbed "Generation X". the following, the "slackers" are published to be the easiest staff, clients and leaders company has ever obvious.
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After all, we grew up on news of nuclear weapons, terrorism, serial killers and drive-by shootings, sex crimes in day care centers, guns in high school, date rape, A Current Affair, sex, lies, and videotape, COPS, 50 Common misconceptions about Generation X police brutality, real urban riots, drug wars, and "Just Say No" feeling of safety. Xers' puberty was greeted by AIDS, so we couldn't even enjoy the sexual revolution – another false promise of Boomerdom. As a result, Xers are comfortable with a certain feeling of detachment.
The primary reason so many managers are failing to understand Xers is that managers' interpretations of Xers' behavior and attitudes is shaped, in one way or another, by Baby Boomers. First, Boomer managers are the authority figures in the workplace closest in age to Xers – that is why most companies put Boomer managers in charge of Xers and take most of their cues about managing Xers from these same Boomers. Second, Baby Boomers themselves mistakenly see reflections of their own youth in the Xers they are managing.
The seventies didn't give us a lot of heroes – older Xers could tell that we were growing up in a second-rate imitation of the 1960s and younger Xers saw the 1960s as little more than ancient history. As the icon for the 1980s, Ronald Reagan provided a brief, ersatz version of idealism for this generation. S. elections in 1984, turned out in lower numbers than any new voting group in history. However, those who did vote supported Reagan by a substantial margin. The upbeat mood of Morning in America was more appealing than the cultural malaise of the seventies, consciousness-raising included.
Managing Generation X: How to Bring Out the Best in Young Talent by Bruce Tulgan