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Millennials In IT: How To Talk To Old People
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David Wagner
David Wagner,
User Rank: Strategist
1/22/2015 | 10:08:37 AM
Re: Good advice beyond IT
Thanks, Kelly22. I get really annoyed with stereotypes of any kind. I know that for certain demographic purposes it works nicely for marketing and sales. But management is not a demographics business. You can't take your demos and apply them to your own employees. 

Knowing how to communicate for anyone in the business is essential. Since a lot of older managers feel that it isn't their job to figure you out, I figured I'd hand younger folks the key to figuring the old folks out. Think of me as a middle-aged translator. :)
User Rank: Strategist
1/22/2015 | 10:01:34 AM
Good advice beyond IT
Funny slideshow, Dave, and your advice applies to all young employees - not just those in IT. I think a lot of the disconnect between younger and older workers is due to a lack of good communication. Millennials get a bad reputation sometimes (which is unfortunate because I know so many that don't fit these stereotypes) and knowing how to communicate can be a big help.

Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
1/21/2015 | 6:30:01 PM
Re: Engagement in the moment
>I have a rule that I never answered my office phone, cell phone IM, or text when in a meeting unless it is an emergency. 

I have a rule that I never attend a meeting unless it's an emergency.
User Rank: Author
1/21/2015 | 12:48:58 PM
Engagement in the moment

Dave very funny-- my favorite was the phone comment because that is the trait that drives me nuts for everyone! Millennials don't have that one cornered. I absolutely hate having a discussion with someone as they gaze downward. If it's that important excuse yourself and return when you can make eye contact. I have a rule that I never answered my office phone, cell phone IM, or text when in a meeting unless it is an emergency. Distractions are not multitasking they waste everyone's time and you lose credibility when you're disengaged from someone.

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