Tips for gaining cross-generational engagement

Why outdated meeting structures will turn-off a big chunk of your participants

You’ve no doubt noticed an increased mix of the BIG three age groups in your meetings and workplaces.

Here’s three issues that you’ll need to consider in your meeting and workshop designs from now on.

Issue One

The formalised meeting structures that are familiar to Baby Boomers are a major turn-off to Gen X and Gen Y participants. At the extreme, uber-structured end of the scale, think of the appeal of dealing with correspondence, business arising and standing orders. For Gen X and Gen Y’s a bath in hot fat probably has greater appeal.

Issue Two

There is one million less Gen X people in the Australian workforce than there are Baby Boomers. As the Boomers retire there’ll be less competition for leadership roles. Gen X people that position themselves well and build their leadershipCross generational engagement skills will be in the box seat for top roles.

Issue Three

Gen Y has a constant focus on worldwide connection. They know what’s happening across the globe – before it’s even happened! They’re constantly making connections way beyond formal, localised networks. If you want to engage Gen Y’s your message will need to have more instant appeal to shake them back into a locally focused perspective.

Of course, we’re just brushing the surface here. And no doubt you’d like some more data around these issues. Perhaps even some ideas on how to manage them.

Your timing is spot on!

This topic is on the agenda at the Facilitators Inner Circle Forum (aka the FICnic) being held this Friday in Perth to celebrate International Facilitation Week.

If you’re in Perth and have Friday afternoon free, do everything you can to get there…  Read more

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Andrew Huffer

Andrew Huffer has over 25 years experience in working with organisations, businesses, managers and communities and at a state, national and international level. He designs and delivers specialist engagement processes, with a focus on facilitating open decision making processes and skill development of clients. He has delivered presentations and workshops at a number of state, national and international conferences.

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