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Generational Diversity Activity Needed


I'm delivering a generational differences training to a group of accountants in the 50+ age range.  They work closely with 20 somethings, and many are put off by the different work styles/values of these "kids."  I'd like to start with an activity that demonstrates how there is more than one way to get a job done, and that "different" isn't exactly "wrong."

I'd also appreciate hearing about any other activities you might suggest.



4 Responses

  1. Mobile Phones

    I was at a conference a few years ago that was to do with young people and our attitudes towards them.

    The speaker asked us all to hold up our mobile phones (age of audience was late 30’s to 60’s)

    We had to write down in % how many of the features we could use on our phones…most people wrote 20% to 40%

    The speaker suggested that if were all late teens or early 20’s it would have been 90% to 100%

    Probably true I thought…they are different but not always in a bad way!

    Might not be the activity you are looking for but could certainly start you off with a positive messsage about young people.


    How about the question…

    Which subjects would you ask a 20 year old knowing they would be in a better position to answer than a 50 year old?  (Ther are quite a few!)


  2. I’m interested to see how you can “demonstrate” this, because…

    …if the group you are training consists of 50+ people….how are you going to get any age diversity in the room to demonstrate the actions of the 20 something age group?

    I suspect that this is either going to be the one sided and "expectations" approach of Steve’s excellent example or you are going to have to do it by "parable"…




  3. thanks!

    Thank you for the suggestions.  I incorporated the questions into the session and they helped the participants have an appreciation for the topic and gen-y in general.

  4. Help — Can you share your final product?

    Amy — I’m doing something similar in the next week… filling in for someone.  Are you willing to share your final product/slides?  I’d be eternally appreciative. 

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