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Clash of generations

Some people at some point in their lives thought and felt that many things were possible without necessarily having to prove in advance that things work.

But a lot of us when were able to reach the level of achievement of something that was possible, accommodated and failed to adopt more changes than those caused by society in general.

Now, imagine that a new showgirl in our lives, typically dressed in “Let be everything as it is”, or to put it another way, “I like this state of things”, which we would call “status quo”.

Today, while the “status quo” works constantly to keep the achievements of Baby Boomers, the younger generations, not so worried about these achievements, try to take advantage of what they call the possibility of having fun, doing what they like and in a different way from older.

A good result is not necessarily a result o a serious face focused on yesterday’s values because the values do not have to be acquired by inheritance. They are the fruit of experience and the relentless pursuit of truth that all generations should seek to converge.

It begins to be a dominant word for me, talk of “convergence” as a way to bring two kinds of interests and different motivations eventually with a tendency to deepen the “divergence”.

What I, by my story, give so much meaning or seek to perform as a purpose in the future, it is after all, what is seen by younger generations as something that must exist as a right of those who work.

The companies, mostly directed by older generations, are beginning to feel the need to find a balance between these two forces. One with the wisdom and the experience lived in completely different scenarios of current and the other with the scenarios of today asking for a change.


For the younger generations is important:

-A flexible working environment and working hours, enabling the reconciliation of working life and life outside of work.

-Work in a team and in a culture of collaboration.

-Always have updated technology.

-Have thought headed for the future, be responsible and work in   companies open to creativity.

Cisco recently published its Connected World Report, the results of which are quite shocking. Out of 2,800 college students and young professionals under the age of 30 and hailing from 14 countries, approximately one in three said he/she would prioritize social media freedom, device flexibility and work mobility over salary in accepting a job offer. 64% of college students asks about social media usage policies during job interviews and approximately 24% says it would be a key factor in accepting the offer. There is also a high expectation of the employee for the employer to offer a flexible schedule and freedom to work remotely.”

What these younger generations want to is after all what many of us (older generations) understand to be correct, but still do not know how to integrate into our way of life.

And why?

-Collaborating can mean calling into question our status as an “experienced person” and has consequence to open the silos of our wisdom.

-A flexible work environment can call into question our routines and our comfort and this means an additional effort so that we are not prepared.

-Think ahead means thinking in rest and be recognized for what we did.

-Because the simple business are not safe. There is always need for secrecy.

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More generations, more technologies, more differences!

Future work will be as it always has been one of the many aspects of our lives. But in the future it will not be as up here! There, we will find our friends, virtual and in real life, experience new sensations and naturally with our lives the most creative and innovative.

It can be also where we can find more frustrations and less joys if we not look on it and let that the current drag us or indulge in uncontrolled consume. The future may be already today, within a few years and may be very far from what we imagine on account of the speed at which change is generated.

And still there are those who resist the change!

I provided some years work with projects and I have always liked this kind of work by the constant challenge that it put on me.

I don’t speak about those very nice projects, planned up to the second and without infringing a single norm or without create non-conformities.

I speak of projects with a purpose, with risk, where fail fast is good and where learning is a constant.

These projects emerged initially as a way to find something that I could develop without being exclusively linked to the traditional routine of my tasks or in fulfillment of my duties while collaborator in some companies.

It is curious how the talk about work when you have a project (work) seems pointless. All the sense of the word work = obligation/routine switches to project = happiness/results.

And it is also curious how easy it is to think in organizations managed by projects where employees have the opportunity to release their energies and creativity in favor of a common good.

In the future, I imagine most flat organizations with its energy distributed by networks or communities, without the concern of the physical location and increasingly responses appropriate to the real needs of the people.

What were the certainties of the past were replaced by ambiguity, diversity of issues and opinions that come together with a constant rumble of technologies.

Today we have new technologies for all generations and not just for the dominant generation in the world of work.

The differences between the various generations who live today in the world of work and those others who are part of our life, children and elderly, are probably larger than between what I think and what each one might think.

Whatever our age is, one of the most crucial issues that we face is, how is that the forces that shape the future of work will develop and what is the impact on us and on the organizations to which we belong?

The prediction of future of work often begins with a possible future scenario and then returned to set:

What it takes to happen so that this future becomes reality?

-How do I start looking for future opportunities?

-How do I create a path for these opportunities to anticipate the inevitable changes along the way?

-What can I start doing today that’s going to help me get there first?

It is often difficult to articulate the precise nature of a need in the future, and instead, we found that it is easier and more attractive to present a broader context.

Forecasting the future of an industry, need to be grounded in a detailed perception of trends in lifestyles, technology, demographics and geopolitics, but is also based on imagination and prognosis.

To create the future, a company must first develop a powerful verbal and visual representation of these future possibilities.

Use without constraints of analogy and metaphor, have a predisposition to be against, a willingness to be more than being simply driven by the consumer and the possession of a genuine empathy enables us build scenarios and tell the story of the future.

In the future the way we think and decide will be the same? What is the logic?

The use of scenarios provides a new perspective and a new language and structure that can be used to encourage dialogue and strategic thinking on the challenges and opportunities we face.

The scenarios help to legitimize dialogue, challenging the conventional wisdom that gives rise to a widespread discussion, and that creates the possibility of a real transformation.

It is good to remember that the scenarios are tools, not the point of arrival of any activity.

When you tell your story don’t forget that in this age of movements and changes of full competition, the most valuable human resources are precisely those that are less liable to management.

How do you imagine the future?