Friday Fab Four

IMG_5432Happy Friday! It’s cold here in Arkansas and I am definitely ready for Fridays on a warm, sunny patio, drinking beer! Until then, here are the four best articles I’ve read this week.

1. Who Really Had the Best Movie Career after ‘SNL’–Walt Hickey {did you see the 40th special? so good}

2. Meditation Booms as People Seek a Way to Slow Down–Mary Macvean {I downloaded this to help me meditate}

3. How Medium is Building a New Kind of Company with No Managers–The Review {this is exactly how my company will be when it grows…holacratic}

4. 7 Millennial Traits that Baby Boomers Need to Learn–Evan Burns {thought this was good but I wouldn’t just say it’s millennial traits…GenX has traits that BBs could learn too}

What About Gen X?

agechartIf I read one more article about working with millennials, I might scream! I understand they’re important and moving up in the work force but what about Gen X? We are still here and trust me, we are not going anywhere. I work with and manage millennials and honestly I love them; they keep me young and innovative.  However, I (the Gen Xer) don’t want to be overlooked.

There are a lot of articles written about how to manage a millennial, how to work with them and what they want from the office culture.  Cool…sounds like the road will be well paved for Gen Y.  I have to wonder, who did that for Gen X? I don’t feel like anyone specifically prepared to manage us, or work with us and I sure don’t remember the culture changing to accommodate us.  Why all the hype now?

Do I sound bitter? Maybe I am.  I feel like Gen X is the overlooked generation when we are the generation that is about to take over many C-suite positions…if and when the boomers will retire. I feel like Gen X is about to be the squashed generation between Boomers who cannot afford to retire and Gen Y’s who are ready to lead.  Gen X is in a unique position because they have most likely worked for boomer’s who were slow to embrace technology and social media and behind them is a generation creating the technology and social media. This makes me believe that Gen X is in the right spot to lead but how will Gen Y feel about following?