Friday Favorites 4.22.16

Another Friday is here and I have Prince music on repeat.  I’m so sad by his passing…he was my TTG SMM (1)Elvis, his music filled at least 30 plus years of my life.  I had his posters in my room, I bought all his albums and I loved him. Not only is it immensely sad but we lost such a musical talent…there will never be another new Prince song and that hurts me the most.

So, here’s what I found this week but I hope you just listen to Prince music all day and dance with joy.

Gen X’s Parenting Problem…I literally could have written this about my life.

Want to be creative? Exercise.

The history behind some of our favorite brands.

 

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}

Best Blog Posts of 2014

Best PostsThe end of the year always brings out the ‘best of’ lists and I thought I would play along as well by listing my top 10 posts of 2014.  This was the first year for my new blog and I have been really pleased with the interaction and engagement.  I have a lot of great posts planned for 2015 and I hope you will join me in the journey.  So, without further ado, here were the top posts for allysontwiggs.com.

1. My Big News (no surprise here, this was my best post of the year in more ways than one!)

2. How to Leave the Perfect Voicemail 

3. 48 Hour in San Francisco

4. My Christmas Wish List

5. What Makes My Life Easier

6. What About Gen X

7. My Life Runs on Evernote

8. Friday Fab Four 11.14.14

9. What to Give Employees for Christmas

10. Working from Coffee Shops

Friday Fab Four

image001How’s your Christmas shopping coming along?  Only two more weekends to get it done! Don’t stress, here are four great articles I chose just for you.

1. 4 Ways to Retain Gen Xers–Sylvia Ann Hewlitt {finally a great article about my generation!}

2. My Life in the Locker Room: A Female Sportswriter Remembers the Dicks–Jennifer Briggs {really entertaining}

3. Meet the Queen of King Size Bows–Hilary Burns {find a need, fill the need}

4. The 7 Attributes of CEOs Who Get Social Media–Ted Coine & Mark Babbitt {The CEOs who really embrace SM, will win}

**Bonus: 10 Companies Hiring Like Crazy in December–Kat Moon {Great to see companies growing and innovating}

Friday Fab Four

image001Isn’t Friday just the best day of all? Here are four articles I chose just for your reading pleasure.

1. The One Thing About Your Spouse’s Personality That Really Affects Your Career–Andrew O’Connell {Interesting}

2. How to Get a Career That Provides Stability–Penelope Trunk {Gen X wants flexibility…yes!}

3. Why Work-Life Balance is Important for Parents–Jacob Shriar {Really love this one}

4. What Happens to Your Brain When You’re Having a Brilliant Idea–Vivian Giang {Eureka!}

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?