Sandwiched between Boomer bosses and now the upcoming Gen Ys / millennials, Gen X finds itself, once again, juggling to navigate the hierarchy and structure of the past and the new realities and expectations of the present and future. We don’t manage like the generations before or after us. And maybe that’s a good thing.
The Gen X style of management is coming into its own, and like everything else for this generation, it hasn’t been easy. Just look at Barack Obama, the first Gen X President of the United States. He takes too long to make decisions, he compromises too much – or not enough, depending on which side of the political spectrum you fall. Yet these criticisms could be seen as qualities typical of his generation. He is able to consider multiple options and points of view; he is less focused on winning and more on solutions; he knows that issues are rarely, if ever black or white.
The Harvard Business School podcast, the HBR Ideacast, has a great interview with Tammy Erickson, author of What’s Next, Gen X?: Keeping Up, Moving Ahead, and Getting the Career You Want.
You can also check out her blog here.