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.