Being in a performance-based business and getting the most from each and every employee in this still growing economy is an important leadership challenge. Here in the Metro Detroit area, Millennials are coming into organizations in droves to find themselves working next to Generation X and Baby Boomers; it makes for interesting generational-focused management. What is extremely important to note as we head into 2014, is that Michigan is a state where many employees over 50 are still working hard in their careers and are very productive in everything they are asked to do. From sales to leadership, Baby Boomers still play an important role in Southeastern Michigan’s economic development.
In fact, Boomer leaders and managers should really be in high demand across the entire country. According to a recent released study, the average CEO in the United States is 55. In fact, our own Mr. Dale Carnegie was still growing his training organization well into his 60’s. Here in the Midwest, there are a number of talented people with a great knowledge base who are successful and growing. Good organizations understand that these senior employees make the team better.
Here are four qualities that come from the more experienced worker:
- Understanding: The only way to gain knowledge is through experience and understanding. The more practice, the more tested for challenges ahead.
- Acumen: Years of problem solving and decision making allow veteran employees to make sound judgments based on the past.
- Experience: Younger employees always look to more senior workers and managers for guidance and advice.
- Appeal: This generation has a history based on experience. They focus with a high degree of courage and understanding.
Experienced employees and managers are in the position to be involved with strong organizations that are based on values, beliefs, and attitude. Because they have witnessed the big picture over years, they are able to manage and work across all generations with the focus of creating opportunity for every member of the organization.
When the workforce is based on quality and depth of experience, it will always be focused on the future and collective opportunity. With the help of Dale Carnegie Training, it can happen.
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