The Fetish of Generational Diversity

In the last decade, “generational diversity” has become the new “darling” of diversity practitioners, theorists, and advocates alike. As has been acknowledged, the modern era is the first time in our country’s history when four different generations have worked together in the American workplace.[1]   As a result, much has been made of how to appeal to the exuberant and techno-savvy sensibilities of Generation X and Generation Y (“Gen X” and “Gen Y”). At first blush, the adulation is flattering; “youth” has always seemed to implicate energy, innovation, and creativity, and by extension, generational diversity is seen as being “sexy.” However,
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Leaders Behaving Badly

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of facilitating a strategic planning session for senior leaders of a national non-profit.  The leaders who were assembled came from all across the country; they were some of the most brilliant minds in their respective fields. Each person had extensive experience in grassroots organizing, public policy analysis, and fundraising. Our session lasted for four hours, and in that time, a lot of wonderful suggestions and feedback were generated. However, despite the collective wisdom that was in the room, a curious thing happened: on multiple occasions, the executive team dismissed the feedback from the
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