As an intergenerational being, I believe in the circular flow of four.
Spring, summer, fall, and winter form the seasons of nature, just as society spins through history in groups of four distinct generations, even if there is some Bigfoot-photo-type blurriness at the edges of the generational changeovers.
One thing is for sure—“the How-To Guide for Generations at Work” by @robbyslaughter will show you how to become as close to intergenerational as you can be without being born twice in one lifetime.
Abstractly speaking, you’ll learn how to work with the hows and the Howes, even if you are a why type of guy.
Incidentally, Neil Howe and William Strauss wrote “The Fourth Turning,” a book I read about a decade ago but can still remember as if was just ten years ago.
In it they first put forward the evidence that Anglo-American history repeats fluidly in sets of four, and the book had a profound impact on my life in that it was so thick that by the time I finally finished reading it I owed a massive late fee to the library.
I hope my local branch hasn’t attached an interest rate to that unpaid fine.
But seriously, that book was one of the best books I’ve ever read, and Robby’s book equals Howe and Strauss’ masterpiece as he brings their work into the dynamics of the office.
Robby presents fascinating insight into the various mindsets of generations in general, and presents a compelling case for what to do when X happens, and how and why Y happens, and who should do what where and why, based on how history has influenced each generation—and how each generation has influenced history.
Robby’s book is as clear as I am opaque, and as you read you might find yourself agreeing with every single perspective of the four generations currently in the workforce—and at that moment you will realize that you are also an intergenerational being.
Congratulations—and my condolences, because now you don’t have any excuse as to why you aren’t being productive at work.
You can’t blame your flaws on Geriatric Jerry anymore.
If there is work to be done, you have got to do it! Or maybe someone else has got to do it. There’s a chart and an argument for both!
But either way, work needs to get done, and the needs of everyone has got to be seen—and respected. By you.
So get busy getting busy—but first, buy Robby’s book!