Sharing What You Know

In this world of instantaneous messages, “friends” and business popping up overnight, sharing what you know seems to be the way things are done.

In times past, we were all part of a community, a family, a neighborhood, a school or a church we looked after one another. The creation of web-based connections has made it effortless to be in touch with so many places and things all at once all the time.  The development of mobile apps gave us even more to share things like rides, homes, stuff and even hugs.

There are so many things online: classes, clubs, sports, games, so much so that sharing can even become overwhelming. On the other hand, our sharing everything can remind us of the storytellers and minstrels of old. What is your story?  As business leaders with unique experiences, it seems only natural that we should share the knowledge we have gained.

In some circles, the belief is that in order to succeed, they expect new hires and recent grads to figure it out on their own.  The question is though, shouldn’t there be a balance between learning by experience and having mentors.  The landscape of the business world is changing. Many of the traditional retail stores are downsizing and relying more on their online presence.

One of the challenges of today’s workforce is how to reach all of the population with millennials and baby boomers being two really populated groups on the continuum.

New workers and consumers expect different privileges and work styles like instant communication and gratification online. “Your pizza is on its way trackers; your driver Fred is coming by in a Mercedes”. Amazon delivery to your office and even its on the street address. Work environments like we work with cold brew, munchies, flex time and the ability to work remotely.

Older office managers expect a rigid work schedule and a very hierarchal leadership practices. On one hand that has built the vast megacorporations of today, but might fit in our changing market part of the time.  The way tech companies do business, the way consumers purchase has dramatically changed from the past. The over 75 generation still has higher finances than most of the market place but prefer face to face negotiations or phone calls.  The voice they want is a real line human being. Technology has made interactions faster, at the cost of the warmth and empathy a real live human can share. They take electronic communication as slightly offensive, thinking that the company doesn’t value their needs.

My thought is as the older generation can share their insights and wisdom of interacting with business and the psychology of marketplace strategy. The younger generation can coach the workplace in technology and help businesses make the transition into the next era. If all would work together, the future of the business would have the best of both worlds.

Cynthia Kosciuczyk, MBA
Cynthia Kosciuczyk, MBAhttps://www.eyeuniversal.com/
Some time ago I took the less-traveled roads which led to many careers. Each of these contributed to my unique mix of expertise: science research, teaching, food, art, and textiles. Owning and operating my own businesses (a bakery, a gallery, and a consulting business) thrust me into the driver seat of learning many diverse roles from customer service to public relations and resulted in my unique management style. Participating in the creation of startups and my own businesses and technology endeavors such as www.Eyeuniversal.com My quest for knowledge and seeking out the best has turned me into a networking enthusiast. A lifelong passion for textiles and Persian rugs taught me an array of professional skills which make the spectrum of research, writing and community events enjoyable interrelated tasks. Networking in the art and music areas, community projects and events has resulted in a multitude of business opportunities. My experiences include Management, Entrepreneurship, Sales, Design, Descriptive Writing, Business Strategy, Color, and Textiles. Each and every facet of my work and life come together like pieces of a puzzle. I strive to be a phenomenal net-worker and problem solver who continues to learn and grow.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

True
The gap between the generations especially in the workforce can be Bridged. As the old can teach the young, the young can teach the old.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Exactly! Instead of believing they are different pages, they are in the same book

Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent

I am of the generation that prefers communication with a live person. I dislike the automated phone systems that run you through a maze of “if you want xxx, press 2 if you want…”. I don’t like the chat options on many sites. I just want a live person to solve my problem or answer my question and yes, I feel they don’t care if it is otherwise. It is not that I don’t appreciate the many benefits of high tech, but we are losing the “humanity” in our rush to modernize communications.

Maureen Nowicki
Maureen Nowicki

Welcome Cynthia! I find that is wild that we have a glut of age of workers with skills at two opposite ends of the continuum as you so aptly stated. If there could be a commingling of skills and honing of ideas together that would be ideal. Solid and wise leadership will be helpful to allow for understanding and allowing for various modalities using technology comfortably for all. Incorporating team building and direct human interactions when it makes sense is another balance. A very real dilemma – but one that we could all work together to transition business to the next era with both broad mindedness and sensitivity. A very real issue for all us today to digest. Thanks again!

Laura Mikolaitis

Welcome, Cynthia! I enjoyed reading your article, and you present good insight into this topic. We can learn from each other, and there should be a healthy balance of learning and mentorship. Unfortunately, not all companies see the value in bridging the gaps and embracing all their talent – new and old. In many cases, it is baptism by fire – and the reasons for it vary.
I’ve been one of those thrust into baptism. I survived, and I learned a great deal, but it isn’t always an optimal way of learning. We each have value and assets that we bring to the table. Although some of it goes untapped and it shouldn’t. That’s where there is an opportunity – both for the old and the new. Tap into those insights and learn about them. Broaden the horizon, teach each other, and learn from each other.
Thanks for sharing your insight, Cynthia. I look forward to reading more of your work.

Dee Coxon

Great article Cynthia, thank you for sharing. I do agree in an ideal world mixing and sharing the old with the new would be incredibly purposeful and productive. That said how do we get there?

In a world of instant gratification how do we communicate a life time of experience in the “nano second” time frame demanded by youth. As my mum used to say at times “youth is wasted on the young”.

Don’t get me wrong I love young people, especially when we get past the “eye rolling” and the drama; all of which I did myself.

Personally I am in a wonderful position whereupon my grandchildren and I are learning with and from each other and it’s brilliant, but they are my family, we spend a lot of time together, we’ve grown together. it’s a lifestyle.

Given the time it has taken for us to develop in the way we have, might not, I fear, be fast enough for a millennial to get what they need in the work place. Even with my own grandchildren I can’t just tell them what I want them to know…. they wan’t evidence of a “better way” and that……… takes time.

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