Generational Power Styles

17 Aug

I just wrote this text, below, in an email to a friend. I like the summary, so I’m reposting it here. It speaks to some core points and differences in how generations — and the individuals in them — tend to experience power. And I quote (from myself),

  • Turf is really a Boomer thing, generationally speaking. They experience power through individual turf ownership.
  • Functionality and efficiency is a GenX thing. … Tending to the details no one else is heeding. They experience power in small, nimble, mission-focused (and usually temporary) groups.
  • Millennials are all about collegial, team-oriented collaboration. They experience power as a collective.
  • Homeland gen are masters of nuance; they experience power through unrivaled, credentialed expertise.

2 Responses to “Generational Power Styles”

  1. David M. August 28, 2008 at 11:57 pm #

    “Homeland Gen”? I’m afraid I’ve not come across this one yet. What is it?

  2. JessieX September 1, 2008 at 11:00 pm #

    Homeland Gen is the generation following the Millennials. The archetype they are likely to be — given the pattern — is what is called Artists, and they will likely share a peer personality with today’s Silent Gen (born 1925 – 1942). Due process, plurality, nuance, compromise … themz are the things they value. Suffocated in childhood, placid in young adulthood, experimental in midlife, liked in elderhood (and wealthy!). They are just entering elem school now. Things will be a-shiftin’, as they do with the arrival of each new generation.

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