One culture is made up of the digital wizards like himself, young, impatient and probably not wise. Then there is the old guard who look, talk, walk and think a lot like us Baby Boomers. The latter seem like an obstacle in the march of innovation. Here is that article.
For Baby Boomers, who used to represent the front lines of cultural change, the piece is painful to read. Yes, we seem older than we are. And, in America or in a digital era in general, old is not good. If the new guard had their way, they would push us out.
But, those of us who are determined to keep working have to adapt to the reality that we are no longer the leaders. At least most of us. Sure media tycoon Rupert Murdoch still rules an influential entertainment kingdom. The rest of us are being forced to figure out how to collaborate with youth. In the past 36 months I have had three Millennial clients.
The way in and through the process has been to maintain a low profile. Also, they have plenty of relationships with their peers. They don't want one with us. After all, who wants gray hair around. So, we get in and out fast with our service or product. In addition, there's no payoff in responding to the not so subtle digs about how non-Millennials think. The Machiavellian way is to seem not to have heard the put-downs.
I have learned a great deal from Millennials clients. You bet, I want more of them. To do that I have had to recede into the background. That's just the way it is.