Foreign Languages In Later Years April 21, 2010Posted by Kevin Burns in attitude, attitude expert, attitude speaker, attitude strategist, Baby Boomer, career, change, communication, excellence, Gen x, Gen y, kevin burns, keynote speaker, millenials.
If you were exposed to a second language from birth and spoke it every day of your childhood, you would be a fluent speaker of that second language by adulthood.
The same could be said of exposure to computers: if you were exposed to them from early childhood and used them every day, you would be considered quite fluent in computers by adulthood.
That is exactly the average Generation Y: exposed to technology, computers and smart phones their whole lives. So they would expect that penchant for technology to continue into their work. However, here’s where they become dismayed and disillusioned: if their ability with computers and technology becomes limited by computer illiterate Baby Boomers who are still confounded by email.
You see while computers and technology were a part of the average Generation Y childhood, Baby Boomers have only been exposed to it all in the last 20 years or so. Think of how difficult it is to learn a new language at fifty-five years old. It’s not as easy as when you are a child. Neither is riding the technology curve.
Boomers have a great sense of work ethic. Gen Y have a great sense of technology (and how to get the work done quicker – much quicker). Gen X has a great sense of changing the rules and doing away with traditions.
Oh, and Gen X and Y, don’t give the old-timers a hard time about their computer illiteracy. Don’t even give them a break. Give them a hand – in learning how to come up to speed on technology. You’ve all got something to teach each other. Now all you have to do is find some sort of common ground way of communicating. Good luck with that.
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