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1 Nezette Rydell WFO Brownsville

2  Lunch – 1 1/2 hours  13 HICs, 6 regional folks, 5-8 OHD  Informal  Leadership Discussion ◦ Present information – topic overview ◦ Case Study ◦ Leadership related to case ◦ Group Discussion ◦ Resources  Handouts ◦ Generational definitions

3  Remember the first time talking to a member of the staff and you realized they thought you were old ?  Remember talking to an older/younger employee or supervisor and thinking they just don’t get it ?  Concepts seem obvious but often remain abstract until we have to deal with them.  Our assumption about how people will behave or react are mostly subconscious  Why we’re uncomfortable in a foreign or unfamiliar culture…our assumptions have no relevance and we feel unable to relate.

4  ½ staff or more have 20 years experience  Someone on your staff younger than your children  Someone your staff older than your parents  Talked with someone on your staff about their manner of dress  Describe your staff as static, stable, little change last 5 to 10 years or more

5  First new hire may be a shock  Old NWS blend/meld/indoctrinate into NWS culture approach may not be valid  Expectations differ between generations  This isn’t all that new - What You Are Is Where You Were When – Morris Massey  If you’re wondering why I’m talking to you about this… ◦ Honolulu – 3 forecasters in their 70s ◦ Brownsville - Hired SOO, WCM, ITO, 2 journeys and an Intern (behind a retirement with 40+ years) all in my first 9 months ◦ None of WFO Brownsville journeys were ever NWS interns ◦ WFO Brownsville journeys range in age from 24 to 59.

6  The Lost Generation - Came of age shortly after World War I.  The Greatest Generation - Served in World War II.  The Silent Generation - Born between the two World Wars, too young to join the service when World War II started.  Baby Boomers – Born , a time that included a 14-year increase in birthrate worldwide. Gave birth to Generations X and Y.  Generation X - born between 1964 to AKA 13th Generation and Baby Busters. Grew up with video games, MTV and the end of the Cold War. Veterans

7  Tweener – AKA Generation Jones - born between the Baby Boomers and Generation X.  The MTV Generation – , caught between the end of Generation X and start of Generation Y, influenced by the launch of MTV and the popularization of Web technology after Their peak is usually given as ( ). AKA the Boomerang Generation.  Generation Y – also known as the Echo Boom although Millennials or Internet Generation is becoming more common. Grew up with many world-changing events including the rise of mass communication, the Internet, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Generation Z – after 1990, New Silent Generation or Homelander Generation is the youngest of generations thus far.  Generation I – born after the internet became mainstream (1993). Also referred to as Digital Natives or the Net Generation.

8  Great Depression  World Wars I and II  The New Deal  Korea  Radio  Watched America move from economic deprivation to wealth  Credited Federal Government with Doing The Right Thing  Memories of family dinners cooked by Mom with Dad at the head of the table.

9  Value ◦ Hard work ◦ Loyalty ◦ Commitment ◦ Patience ◦ Structure ◦ Consistency  Challenges ◦ Change ◦ New Technology ◦ Meritocracy

10  Ask about their experience  Appreciate and respect what they did before you arrived on the scene  Prefer face-to-face contact over  Provide flexible alternatives to those who no longer wish to work full time

11  Civil Rights Movement  Space Race  Viet Nam War  Draft  Assassinations  Earth Day  Lunar Landing  Rock and Roll  Television  Post War Prosperity  Memories of TV dinners heated by Mom.

12  Value ◦ Hard work ◦ Can-do attitude  Idealistic  Politically active  Like to work in teams  Self-indulgent (Me generation)  Willing to stand apart from the crowd  Consume more and save less  Willing to change jobs for economic gain and personal satisfaction

13  Recognize and reward accomplishments  Opportunities to work in teams  Work to build consensus  Recognize challenges of Sandwich Generation ◦ Elder care issues ◦ College Expenses ◦ Need for family-friendly workplace

14  Sesame Street  Watergate  Iranian hostage crisis  Fall of the Berlin Wall  Desert Storm  Latchkey kids  Divorced parents  Computers in high school  Memories of cooking microwave dinners home alone because the custodial parent was working late.

15  Skeptical  Work smarter versus working harder  Expect compensation for extra effort  Sense of entitlement  See an uncertain future  Embrace technology  Less teamwork more individual effort  Less physically fit than Boomers

16  Specify goals and allow freedom to work as they see fit  Opportunities for self-development  Fun and excitement for work  Life outside work is important  Day care challenges  Family more important than work issues  Xers want access to high levels of information and decision making early in their careers.

17  Motivators vary within and between generations  Money  Recognition  Days off  Advancement  Preferred assignments

18  Old Guard – We’ve always done it this way.  New Blood – Fresh hires with new ideas, new attitudes, new experiences.  Interlopers – Passing through on the way to bigger and better things.

19  Composite – none of these reflects a single individual!  All are rooted in real experience(s).

20  Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation - Rebecca Ryan  What You Are Is Where You Were When – Morris Massey videos  Geeks and Geezers: How Values and Defining Moments Shape Leaders – Warren Bennis and Robert Thomas  Managing Generation X: How to Bring Out the Best in Young Talent – Bruce Tulgan


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