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1 Worshipful Masters Workshop Generational Leadership Understanding Generational Membership and Leadership Issues Ill. Michael Smith, 33° JGW SGIG in South Carolina January 24, 2015

2 Worshipful Masters Workshop Our Fraternal Bonds Brothers we have so much in common! Our obligations to God and each other. Our obligations to God and each other. The mystic tie of the Fraternity The mystic tie of the Fraternity Brotherly love of true Masons. Life Journey! Brotherly love of true Masons. Life Journey! Passion for our philanthropies! Passion for our philanthropies! Rich Masonic History around the World Rich Masonic History around the World Lifelong Learning! Lifelong Learning!

3 Worshipful Masters Workshop Generational Leadership Key Concepts Discussion What are the key issues facing our fraternity today? What is the value of Membership in Freemasonry? Does Freemasonry meet members needs today? How does your Lodge Gain new members?

4 Worshipful Masters Workshop Recognizing Our Diversity Session Agenda Share Membership Trends Share Membership Trends 4 Generations of Members – Please Stand Up! 4 Generations of Members – Please Stand Up! Generational Introduction Generational Introduction To which group do I belong? To which group do I belong? Who are we? Who are we? Characteristics of each generation Characteristics of each generation Fraternal Implications Fraternal Implications Working Together / Leading Together! Working Together / Leading Together!

5 Worshipful Masters Workshop Defining the Generations GenerationBirth DatesCensus% Working Traditionals Influences – WWII Great Depression 1900 – 1944 Loyal / Devoted 76 Million10% 56% Membership Baby Boomers Influences – Post WWII Economic Boom, High Competition for Jobs 1945 – 1964 Optimistic / Dedication 80 Million45% 26% Membership Generation X Influences – Family Instability, Latch Key Childhood 1965 – 1980 Skeptical / Independent 46 Million 35% 5% Membership Gen Y/Millennial Influences – Information Boom, Early Age leadership in family 1981 – 2000 Hopeful / Wired to the World 76 Million15% 1% Membership Sources: Express Business Solutions, US Census and AASR - SJ 2008

6 Worshipful Masters Workshop Membership Analysis 2008 Source: MSANA.com 2007

7 Conference of Grand Masters Membership Analysis 2008 Traditional Group (000’s) % Of Total Membership

8 Worshipful Masters Workshop Traditionals – Loyalty (69+) Core Need: Membership / Responsibility television Remember your first television ? Survived difficulty (Depression, WWII) Value Stability Security Community Patriotism Reverence of God Like structure and form

9 Worshipful Masters Workshop Traditional Relationships Stability & Loyalty Core: Membership and Responsibility Core: Membership and Responsibility Characteristic: Structured (Military) Characteristic: Structured (Military) Trust hierarchy, standards, and norms. Trust hierarchy, standards, and norms. Straight up and to the point with tasks Straight up and to the point with tasks Respect their experience! LISTEN Respect their experience! LISTEN Share the task and results. Recognition Share the task and results. Recognition Social and Mentoring Social and Mentoring

10 Worshipful Masters Workshop How to Engage and Retain Traditionals Offer tasks geared to skills sets. Offer tasks geared to skills sets. Develop Roles and Responsibilities Develop Roles and Responsibilities Stick to the Plan and Schedules Stick to the Plan and Schedules Respectful Language Dislike Vulgarity Respectful Language Dislike Vulgarity Dress Appropriately (Provide Formality) Dress Appropriately (Provide Formality) RESPECT Experience – LISTEN! RESPECT Experience – LISTEN!

11 Worshipful Masters Workshop Baby Boomers – Optimists (50 – 68) Core Need: Work ethic, Transformation Core Need: Work ethic, Transformation Remember your first Color Television? Remember your first Color Television? Competition for work created work ethic Competition for work created work ethic Value Value Fairness to all Fairness to all Improving things Improving things Accomplishment of goals. Recognition. Accomplishment of goals. Recognition. Like to find work-life balance as they age Like to find work-life balance as they age

12 Conference of Grand Masters Membership Analysis 2008 Baby Boomer Group (000’s) % of Membership

13 Worshipful Masters Workshop Baby Boomer Relationships Transformational & Optimistic Core: Strong Work Ethic (Competition) Characteristic: Idealistic - Fairness Build Trust: Why do we do it this way? Like to restructure or improve things Aging and want balance in life Retiring now and in the next decade. Fun and Social interaction

14 Worshipful Masters Workshop How to Engage and Retain Boomers Value their experience! Listen to them Value their experience! Listen to them Recognize their contributions Recognize their contributions Provide leadership opportunities Provide leadership opportunities Politically Correct environment Politically Correct environment ASK them—Don’t TELL them ASK them—Don’t TELL them Follow proper etiquette Follow proper etiquette

15 Worshipful Masters Workshop Generation X – Skeptical (38 -49) Core Need: Independence / Freedom Core Need: Independence / Freedom Remember your first PersonalComputer ? Remember your first PersonalComputer ? Most misunderstood generation due to skeptical nature ( Latchkey Kids ) Most misunderstood generation due to skeptical nature ( Latchkey Kids ) Tech savvy Tech savvy Like to get the job done and move on Like to get the job done and move on Flexible schedules Flexible schedules

16 Conference of Grand Masters Membership Analysis 2008 Generation X Group (000’s) % of membership

17 Worshipful Masters Workshop Generation X Relationships Entrepreneurial & Skeptical Core Need: Independence (Cultural Shifts) Core Need: Independence (Cultural Shifts) Characteristic: Resourceful & Independent Characteristic: Resourceful & Independent Let them do the task creatively and move on Let them do the task creatively and move on Like variety and stimulation Like variety and stimulation Casual and relaxed environment Casual and relaxed environment Less structure Less structure Want more social engagement Want more social engagement

18 Worshipful Masters Workshop How to Engage and Retain Gen X’ers Quick feedback on their projects Quick feedback on their projects Allow them to multi-task Allow them to multi-task Don’t micromanage their work Don’t micromanage their work Provide technology and tools Provide technology and tools Offer a balance between work and social activities Offer a balance between work and social activities Listen to their ideas Listen to their ideas

19 Worshipful Masters Workshop Millennials – Wired (18 – 37) Core Need: Respect & Engagement Core Need: Respect & Engagement Remember your first iPOD ? Remember your first iPOD ? First Generations to Teach Older Gen First Generations to Teach Older Gen Like to be involved and respected Like to be involved and respected Need to contribute to the team Need to contribute to the team Like coaching/mentoring with the tools to do the job Like coaching/mentoring with the tools to do the job Tech savvy Tech savvy

20 Conference of Grand Masters Membership Analysis 2008 Millennial Group (000’s) % of Membership

21 Worshipful Masters Workshop

22 Worshipful Masters Workshop Millennial Relationships Wired, Involved and Always On! Core Need: Fast Response & Engagement Core Need: Fast Response & Engagement Characteristic: Involvement (Information Age) Characteristic: Involvement (Information Age) First generation to teach older generations First generation to teach older generations Must give quick response and feedback Must give quick response and feedback Get the job done quick with creativity Get the job done quick with creativity Allow them to Lead—Listen to their suggestions Allow them to Lead—Listen to their suggestions Build Loyalty and Trust. Build Loyalty and Trust. Searching for Deeper Meaning to Life!

23 Worshipful Masters Workshop How to Engage and Retain Millennials Provide Orientation and Training Provide Orientation and Training Put them to work – Fast! Put them to work – Fast! Assign Mentors or Coaches Assign Mentors or Coaches Respect their ideas. Don’t Talk down to. Respect their ideas. Don’t Talk down to. Respond quickly to requests Respond quickly to requests Provide latest tools and technology Provide latest tools and technology Recognize their work and their results. Recognize their work and their results.

24 Worshipful Masters Workshop Generational Leadership Process Delegation Delegation Coaching & Mentoring Coaching & Mentoring Membership Retention Membership Retention Education and Training Programs Education and Training Programs Philanthropy Programs Philanthropy Programs Improved Communication Etiquette Improved Communication Etiquette MEMBERSHIP GROWTH MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

25 Worshipful Masters Workshop Relevance to ALL Freemasons Improved Masonic Education Improved Masonic Education Increased Membership Retention Increased Membership Retention Improved Member Communications Improved Member Communications Improved Teamwork Improved Teamwork Improved Mentoring of New Members Improved Mentoring of New Members Improved Understanding of Charities Improved Understanding of Charities Improved Financial Communications Improved Financial Communications

26 Worshipful Masters Workshop Leading Positive Change “If you don’t take change by the hand, it will take you by the throat!” — Sir Winston Churchill Change occurs when leaders create the vision and direction for the benefit of those that they serve.

27 Worshipful Masters Workshop Leading Positive Change Watch carefully your thoughts, they will become your words. Watch carefully your thoughts, they will become your words. Watch your words, for they will become your actions. Watch your words, for they will become your actions. Watch your actions, for they will become your habits. Watch your actions, for they will become your habits. Watch your habits, for they will define your character. Watch your habits, for they will define your character. My Brother, your character defines your destiny! My Brother, your character defines your destiny! - F. Hrabowski.

28 Worshipful Masters Workshop Generational Strength Each Generation Strengthens Us ! How well we work together will determine our survival! How well we work together will determine our survival! How well we understand each other will secure our success ! How well we understand each other will secure our success ! Membership Growth Strategies – NOW! Membership Growth Strategies – NOW!

29 Worshipful Masters Workshop Generational Leadership Key Concepts What are the key issues facing our fraternity today? What is the value of Membership in Freemasonry? Does Freemasonry meet the needs of members today? How does your Lodge Gain new members?

30 Worshipful Masters Workshop Our Fraternal Bonds Brothers we have so much in common! Thank You And May God Richly Bless Your Lodge and Our Fraternity!


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