Hey Don’t Overlook the GenX’ers
As you can tell by the title Yes I am in fact a Gen X’er. Born in 1973, smack dab in the middle of the Gen X’er category. So I have been a little miffed by all the recent articles about the Baby Boomers leaving, oh no the Baby Boomers are leaving the next generation (GenX) is smaller in population….”Oh whoa is us, What are we going to do!” Oh I know lets go after the bigger of the two generations the Gen Y’ers and wow them with 42 inch plasma TV’s, 6 week vacation packages, and free lunches. Reason they are larger in numbers and are tech savvy………Only problem with this flawed logic? Experiences
The Gen X’ers have been working side by side with two of the greatest generations (WWII and Baby Boomers) that have dispensed knowledge, wisdom, and life lessons for free. We have been like sponges when it comes to this information. The Gen X’ers are here to lead and take the information that has been dispensed and run with the ball. We have been waiting for our chance to shine, but willing to wait because we know we needed to hone our common sense, street smarts, and experiences that it takes to lead. We also realize it takes a lot more than a college degree, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter profiles to get the job done. So the next study or article that is written lets take a look at the Gen X’ers in the context of being the next generation to Lead with honesty, integrity, knowledge, and wisdom.
Because after all the companies around this nation are going to need less Leaders (in reference to being a smaller population in numbers), ever heard of “too many cooks”, but these companies are going to need experienced leaders to lead them through this transition. So next time companies are looking at 5, 10, 15 year strategy in regards to leadership take a look at the Gen X’ers we are here trained and ready for battle. We might not be as tech savvy as the Facebook Generation, but we are highly skilled and trained in leadership, business savvy, and we know how to mold technology into great business strategies, implementations and operations.
Oh and one last thing we understand “Earning before Entitled” it’s our motto! What do you think of GenX’ers? What are your experiences as a GenX’er or Managing one. I am really curious…..because if you look at the numbers it is our generation that is making this new world of real-time and social openness explode into real businesses.