Interesting treatment for an interesting topic.
“Many ideas grow better when transplanted with another mind than the one where they sprang up.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
During the last decade, I’ve coached a diverse group of people. While my targeted client base most often finds me working with the “chronologically gifted” (a.k.a. Baby Boomers), I’ve enjoyed engaging with a cross-generational mix, all of whom have benefitted from coaching collaborations.
As time passes, my understanding of and appreciation for generational differences has become increasingly important and pronounced. Quite often, I need to listen for what is not being said, as well as what is being verbalized. Listening is an essential coaching skill, as what is being expressed differs between generations.
This post scratches the surface of a fascinating area of study (at least to me). And I suspect I’ll write more about it in due course. Yet even a most cursory glance at the topic yields obvious spheres in which differences lie, including:
- Cultural awareness
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