The Four Generations In Your Workplace

As I may have mentioned before, the younger me would probably punch the older me in the mush if he could see how much management theory I'd be reading (and enjoying ) at this point in my life. 

To me, one of the most interesting aspects of management theory today is the interplay between different generations. 

This article has one of the most succinct set of definitions that I've seen for the defining characteristics for each of the four generations that are currently in the workplace. 

Wikipedia also has a comprehensive chart listing every American generation going back to 1843 based on the work of Strauss and Howe

Their theory is that there are four generational archetypes that repeat sequentially – Prophets, Nomads, Heroes and Artists.  Interesting stuff.

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Your reading recommendations are always quite excellent. Thanks.

    Posted 16 May 2008 at 12:33 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks a lot. I appreciate the compliment! (Although I sometimes think anybody could do the same by reading Reddit, MetaFilter and Digg! ;))

    Posted 24 May 2008 at 6:55 am

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