What I’ve noticed that I do, what I’ve noticed others do is cluster in generational cohorts. By that I mean, if you’re in your 20s, you connect with and talk to people who are your contemporaries. If you’re in your 60s like I am, you cluster with your age contemporaries, too.
If you are older, you probably discovered by now that younger people have more power than you do in the organizations that you work for and want to participate in. If you are younger, you may be discovering that you don’t know is much as you thought you did. There might be some value to talking with someone older.
By talking past one another, we don’t talk to one another and we lose something precious – – continuity and managed change.
Continuity because the ideas of the past aren’t understood; managed change, because the new ideas are devalued in favor of the old.
Being the bridge is a golden place to be. You learn so much more and become the glue in an organization.
You need to have your own ideas. After all, there is no security for glue. It eventually stops bringing things together unless it is something else to contribute.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019
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