A pet peeve of mine is to hear so-called experts about various generations rant about age discrimination while perpetuating the myths of generational differences through their arguments. I probably take it too personally when people talk about the â€œold guysâ€ from my generational cohort, but I have learned to exercise restraint in lashing out at the offendersâ€¦ a reaction that would defeat the purpose of calling for open dialog. Perhaps the word Boomer actually comes… Read More »From the Archives of Make HR Happen â€“ Never Ending Talk About Generations
Â Â Â Â This is a re-posting of five previous articles from Make HR Happen by Tom Bolt. Â Â Â Â Â Give Candidates Better Experience, Not Bill of Rights -Â There is nowhere a more emphatic symbol of a corporate policy than the three-ton rock at the entrance to each Stew Leonardâ€™s store in Connecticut and New York. On it is inscribed: â€œRule 1: The customer is always right. Rule 2: If… Read More »Blog Soup â€“ From the Archives of Make HR Happen v.12
There are lies, damned lies and statistics. ~ Mark Twain There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up. ~ Rex Stout Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination. ~ Vin Scully There’s a sucker born every minute. ~ Unknown (incorrectly attributed to P. T. Barnum) If you are a marketing genius, here is some feedback for youâ€¦ no charge… Read More »May I Have a Few Minutes of Your Time?
My intellectual and emotional maturity came about through reluctantly paying dues that someone else imposed as a standard. I was and still am a rebel. Paying dues is a concept that has different meanings to different people, but the dominant context is that no one can reach a level of excellence in their careers without following exactly in the footprints of those who went before them. Hogwash! Rebels with a cause can produce miraculous results… Read More »The Controversy Over Paying Dues
People are different. We come into the world as unique human beings and then are guided by the conformists of the day to conform to their beliefs. Even when we reach the maturity level that allows independent thinking, our thought processes are still somewhat biased in favor of the seeds that were planted in our youth. Fortunately, we do have choices: We can consciously open our minds to objective analysis of facts, we can set… Read More »Mythology 101 – Generational Stereotyping