Generation X

Generational Differences: to hype or not to hype?

I’ve recently been involved in a large scale culture change project with a company that is frantically trying to appeal to their rapidly shifting “Millenial” or “Gen Y” workforce.  It’s been an interesting exercise to be a part of but, as I listened to their key note speaker chant about how different this “new” generation is, I couldn’t help …

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Restore your sanity: how Gen X and Y need to step up on work/life balance

Stress kills us.  Employee absences cost companies millions of dollars.  Many mid-level/mid-career leaders are on a fast track to burn out.  This all according to a recent series in the Globe and Mail.  My personal response is: this conversation is so 1999.  Seriously, we’ve been talking about work/life balance (or rather lack of it) for …

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Mid-career blues: Are Xers being sidelined?

At one of our Spring executive events, panelist Paul Ronan of Ontario Parks spoke of windows of opportunity.  Sometimes a window will open and then close again really quickly.  One of the keys, from Paul’s view, to managing your career is to know when to go through these windows and seize new opportunities.  In watching several …

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Conan O’Brien: the poster boy for why GenX is bitter

Generational experts all like to poke fun at the fact that GenX (those born between ’61 and 77 or there abouts) are the bitter generation.  And all this GenX LeaderTalker wants to say is…is there any wonder?  We enter the workplace in the mid to late 80’s when it’s overladen with baby boomers who are …

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