The Youth Vs. The Experienced
Bible Reference: Proverbs
The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair. Proverbs 20:29
This verse is short…but it tells a lot. It’s important to consider that there is value in both the young and the old.
You are leading someone that is younger or older than you…how do you find success?
Trust Each Other
The Baby Boomers are still a large portion of the workforce, and are slow to trust someone half their age…especially if that person is their boss!! The same can be said for much of Generation X. I can personally remember going the extra mile for Baby Boomers, trying to build their trust, only to have them become more skeptical of me because I was treating them extra nice. Frustrating.
Why did this happen? It’s really not about treating each other extra special as it is about having respect. The verse above references gray hair; I assume that’s referring to experience. When we’re young we often think we know it all. Having a “know it all” approach is not constructive when trying to garner support from an older generation.
Respect is a two way street. If it’s only the younger generation respecting the more experienced…there will definitely be a breakdown. We need the strength of the youth too, and that energy is something to be appreciated.
The older generation believes in total honesty, and often will not trust individuals who don’t subscribe to this policy. Sometimes we don’t comprehend how important this is…even on the small issues. Baby Boomers want to hear the truth, even when the truth hurts.
The youth and experienced don’t have to just co-exist; they need to come together as one.