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For BabyBoomers Sometimes It’s Best to “Listen Down”

Recently I attended  a conference  where I met two young women  who had just attended a workshop for millennials.  One was  a millennial and  the other a Gen-Xer .  Both expressed concern about the lack of clarity and focus of  the  panel.  The workshop, they said, simply did not speak to them.  I asked them about their concerns and found they had some great ideas to what could have been done differently.  We then discussed their workplace situation.  It seems both faced barriers and constant challenges  from baby boomers who were still stuck on how things were done 20 years ago.   The boomers, they said, would not even try to . listen to their ideas.

No doubt about it we  baby boomers are amazing.  I do know and greatly appreciate “AARP” – the American Association for Retired Persons which advocates for us boomers and those older.   We have amazing  role models that remain relevant across generations .  Witness Aretha Franklin,    “The Queen of  Soul,” with a new comeback album that will “cover” the latest hits.   The late  Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Brendan Eich (the guy that invented JavaScript) remain tech industry  and social  icons.   Heck we even can claim a  U.S. President  (Barack Obama).   We are leaders of social change,  news anchors, business owners,  heads of state, corporate giants, authors and  we are  eternally young to boot.   Yet for far too many it has been hard for us  to make room for the generations that  have come after us.  While we have much wisdom and knowledge to pass on,  we have become rather stingy and egotistical about it.  We jealously guard our turf, not wanting to share.  Worst we don’t want to hear fresh ideas from those younger than us.  Yes, we will hire “young” presuming that younger  means cheaper just so long as  our ideals,  our wisdom, our  knowledge will still dominate.  That need, by the way, includes the workplace as well as the simple community event.     So where can we start to bridge the information/wisdom/knowledge gap?   Let’s just start by listening.   Young people have a lot to offer not just in terms of social media or new tech know-how.  Many are also quite wise.  Frankly, if  we #boomers are to really to  remain “forever young,” we have to start listening and respecting what we hear from members of   generations that follow us.    So  next time a seemingly overconfident millennial or gen-Xer offers you advice,  just listen.  It may be the first step in helping you change the world  or at least change your life.

 

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Meet George Jetson – Watching Television Can Spark Your Creativity

We live in a new age. You can press a button on your phone and buy a cup of coffee. Soon you will be able to press a button your printer and make a cup of coffee. As a child I watched a great deal of television  the Jetsons,  the Outer Limits and Star Trek but actually having a robot clean up after me  didn’t seem plausible.  Yet there were other boomers like tech innovators Bill Gates, Steve Case and the late Steve Jobs  as well as filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg who let their imaginations help them build into reality what they saw on television.   Now as the TV shows of the 50s and 60s make a comeback with ME TV, Cosi, etc.   With driverless cars and apps that can close our doors perhaps then watching television is still a good thing.

Hey We Know How to Be Disruptive! We Invented It!

There’s a lot of talk these days in the  media about being disruptive.  Disruptive  meaning changing the world through technology and digital product invention.    Amazingly a lot of the  young tech, and marketing  geniuses I currently admire  wear  the same long-shaggy haired  looks, baggyy jeans and granny glasses  as some of my friends did during my college days in the 1970s.

Being disruptive is who we are as Americans.   Back in the 1960s and  1970s  thousands of baby boomers  took to the streets to demand civil rights and change America’ landscape  racially and economically.   Still other boomers, tinkered with the new technology while in their garages and dorm rooms  –  Bill Gates, Steven Case and the  Steve Jobs –  inventing products that changed the techno-eco landscape and the  way the world connects and communicates  forever.

Today’s revolution involves  hundreds of  young developers and inventors who want to make the world a better place.   Many of them  are the subject of mainstream media focus but  baby boomers still have a place in this techno-eco revolution  – we invented it.

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