E- Zine - February 2005


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Tips to Outclass Your Competition – Generation Puzzle

For the first time in history, there are four distinct generations working together. You may not play together, but you are forced to work side by side. Each generation has it’s own set of values, work ethics and expectations. You can bridge the gap by understanding these differences. Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman describe these differences in their book When Generations Collide.

Tradionalists (1900 – 1945) Traditionalists are loyal and stay with the same company for life. You honor hard work, value respect, and want to leave a legacy. You save money and defer gratification. Show respect for our experience and advice. Traditionalists are loyal.

Baby Boomers (1946 – 1964) Called a ‘boom” because there are so many of you. You had to be competitive for limited openings all the way up the hierarchy. Called the “me” generation. You grew up with TV and advertisers catered to you – they wanted your money. Baby Boomers are optimists at heart.

Generation X’ers (1965 – 1980) You are the latchkey kids, fending for yourselves. You are the first to experience in great numbers, divorcing parents. You are resourceful, independent, skeptical, and tend not to trust companies. You’ve seen mergers and downsizing affect people you care about. You seek freedom and flexible schedules and question everything. “X”ers are the skeptics.

Millennials (1981 – 1999). Generation Y. You are techno-savvy and more accepting of diverse cultures, races and lifestyles. You are the original multi-taskers and lead very busy lives. You are the realists.

Wherever you are on the corporate ladder, learning how to roll with the punches with younger and older coworkers will ease your job in the workplace.

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The Coach’s Corner – Put the Big Rocks in First

One of my favorite stories is Stephen Covey’s Big Rock Story.

One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of high-powered overachievers, he said, “Time for a quiz.” He pulled out a large wide-mouthed jar and set it on the table in front of him, and then produced several large rocks and carefully placed them, one by one, into the jar. When the jar was packed to the top, he asked, “Is this jar full?"

Everyone in the group said, “Yes.” Then he said, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped gravel in and shook the jar, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

Then he asked the group once more, “Is this jar full?” By the time, the group was skeptical. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel.

Once more, he asked the question. “Is this jar full?” “No!” everyone shouted. Once again, he said, “Good!”

Them he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then the time-management expert looked at the group and asked,” What do you think my point of this illustration is?”

One eager beaver raised her hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in.”

“No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not my point. The Truth is; If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you will never get them in at all.”

Coaching questions:
  • What are the big rocks in your life? (children/spouse, relationships, health)
  • Do you put your big rocks in first?
  • How can you make more room?
  • Who can help me?
Do you need to empty your jar to make room for your big rocks? Do you need a larger jar? Do you need someone to help you find out how to get everything in your jar? Call today for your no-obligation, coaching session. This 30-minute confidential session will give you the experience of coaching. To schedule your session, call 405-341-3216.

Quotes of the Month

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life, that word is love.”
         --- Socrates

“I don’t have to decide before I am ready to decide. If this opportunity passes, another will arrive with less intrusion and better timing! That’s it!”
         --- Unknown

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